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POSTED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 11:10 PM

Republican Mitt Romney, already in Philadelphia to raise campaign cash, is planning a public rally Friday at Valley Forge Military Academy & College in suburban Wayne.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania swing will be Romney's first visit to the state since mid July, when he held a rally at a a shale-drilling related business in Westmoreland County coupled with a fundraiser in Pittsburgh.

Romney's return comes amid speculation that Pennsyvlania has fallen off his campaign's target list as a top-tier battelground state. Recent polls have show President Obama with a lead in the low double digits in the state, though top Republicans say their own polling has the race much closer and not they have not given up being competitive.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 9:50 AM

Catholics who support same-sex marriage should refrain from receiving Holy Communion and also must consider a candidate’s position on abortion when deciding how to vote, Newark Archbishop John Myers says in a pastoral letter to 1.3 million Catholics in northern New Jersey.

The archbishop says he wants to clarify church teachings, and urges Catholics to vote “in defense of marriage and life.” Catholics who disagree with the church’s official stand against same-sex civil marriage should not receive Communion, he says, while describing opposition to it as important to maintaining religious freedom.

Myers says his statement is not intended to side with either political party six weeks from the national election, but it lines up with the positions of Republican nominee Mitt Romney. President Obama has endorsed gay marriage, and supports abortion rights.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 10:45 PM

Republican Mitt Romney will sweep into Philadelphia Friday to for a series of events at the Union League that organizers expect will generate between $3.5 million and $4 million for his campaign.

“I am extremely pleased at the response,” said Republican National Committeeman Bob Asher, who is handling fundraising for Romney in Pennsylvania.

The expected strong showing comes after a series of polls that suggest Romney trails President Obama in the state. So far, Romney is not scheduled to hold any public campaign events on his trip to Philadelphia.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 6:33 PM

It’s been the No. 1 agenda item for just about every Republican candidate since the legislation was enacted in 2010: repeal President Obama’s socialized “government takeover” of health care.

Two years later, however, some Republicans have had to adjust their tunes a little bit, saying they don’t want to get rid of the popular parts of Obamacare, just the sections of the law that they say will lead to higher costs, as well as the mandate that individuals buy health insurance.

Consider Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, a Republican who represents the 8th District of Pennsylvania, who has voted several times to repeal the Affordable Care Act; the House has passed repeal, but it has gone nowhere in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

POSTED: Monday, September 24, 2012, 2:26 PM

President Obama has a solid lead over Republican Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania with just over six weeks to go in the campaign, according to a new Mercyhurst University poll of likely voters released Monday.

Forty-eight percent of likely Pennsylvania voters say they would cast their ballots for Obama, while 40 percent would vote for Romney if the election were held today. Just six percent say they are undecided.

The survey of 522 likely voters was conducted from Sept. 18-22, and the results are subject to a margin of error of plus or minus 4.29 percentage points.

POSTED: Monday, September 17, 2012, 8:56 AM

COLUBMUS, Ohio -- As President Obama travels to Ohio for two campaign stops Monday, the White House will demand that China’s government stop subsidizing auto parts made for export, arguing that undercuts U.S. manufacturers and costs jobs.

The administration plans to ask the World Trade Organization to take action against China for the subsidies. In addition, the White House will request a WTO investigation of tariffs that China places on American car imports as an unfair trade practice.

These actions were first reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the largest newspaper in this crucial swing state. Obama is scheduled to campaign in Cincinnati and Columbus Monday.

POSTED: Friday, September 14, 2012, 8:18 AM

After Mitt Romney’s heavily criticized blast at the administration for mishandling this week’s attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Cairo this week and “sympathizing” with the anti-American zealots who carried them out, President Obama had a sharp rejoinder.

“Gov. Romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first and aim later,” Obama said in an interview with CBS News Wednesday. “And one of the things I’ve learned as president is you can’t do that, that it’s important for you to make sure the statements you make are backed up by the facts, and that you’ve thought through the ramifications before you make them.”

Later on, Obama was asked in a Telemundo interview whether Egypt is a U.S. ally, and he turned long-established foreign policy on its head. “I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy,” the president said.

POSTED: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 1:01 PM

The “Most Interesting Man in the World,' no doubt finishing another marathon because it was on the way, is checking off another item on his bucketlist. He's holding a fund-raiser for Barack Obama.

Jeremy Goldsmith is the star of the wildly popular commercials for Dos Equis beer. On Sept. 18, Goldsmith joins the ranks of a multitude of less interesting personalities when he throws a soiree for the Democratic Party nominee, reports Party Time, a project of the Sunlight Foundation.

Goldsmith’s character — a cross between Ernest Hemingway, James Bond and Fernando Lamas — has risen to the level of cultural icon in a series of television ads. Goldsmith is a fascinating luminary himself, having rescued a stranded mountain climber, saved a drowning girl, started several successful business and even been the self-described “greatest swordsman who ever lived in Hollywood,” according to a New Yorker profile.

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