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12 from '12: The Year In Politics

12 from '12: The Year In Politics

The year 2012 may have forever changed national and local politics. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent $2 billion between them to win the White House. Our area said goodbye to long-time U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter. Although they both supported Mitt Romney, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's political fortunes grew after Hurricane Sandy while Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett saw his polls plummet.

The year 2012 may have forever changed national and local politics. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney spent $2 billion between them to win the White House. Our area said goodbye to long-time U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter. Although they both supported Mitt Romney, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's political fortunes grew after Hurricane Sandy while Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett saw his polls plummet.
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With his poll numbers in free fall, many Democrats think Gov. Tom Corbett might be beatable in 2014.
Two new polls show New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is more popular than ever after Hurricane Sandy.
When Arlen Specter switched from being GOP officeholder for 44 years to a Democrat, it was like a homecoming.
Sen. Bob Casey, who has long opposed new gun laws, said Wednesday that he had changed his views in the aftermath of last week's shootings in Newtown, Conn., and would support bills to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.
The Justice Department declared Friday that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won't be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.
Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus, who was whisked clandestinely into private meetings with Congress on Friday to avoid reporters, expressed regret anew in an appearance that marked his first official business since he resigned in disgrace over an extramarital affair.
Federal prosecutors dropped all charges Wednesday against John Edwards after his corruption trial ended last month in a deadlocked jury.
Efforts to save the nation from going over a year-end "fiscal cliff" were still in disarray as lawmakers returned to the Capitol to confront the tax-and-spend crisis.