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December 3, 2012
By Matt Miller I have just the thing if President Obama was serious about asking Mitt Romney to "work together to move this country forward. " Romney was a world-class management consultant with a legendary appetite for "the data. " His private-equity success was due partly to his knack for identifying and purging inefficiencies from bloated, underperforming enterprises. It's time, therefore, to set him loose (analytically speaking) on the mother of all domestic challenges: America's radically inefficient health-care system.
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December 11, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW HAVEN, CONN. - Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, has released his seventh annual list of the most notable quotations of the year. The original "Yale Book of Quotations" was published in 2006, and Shapiro has updated it with an annual list of the top-10 quotes. Shapiro picks quotes that are famous, important or revealing of the spirit of the times, not necessarily ones that are the most eloquent or admirable. Here's the list: 1. "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what . . . who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims . . . These are people who pay no income tax . . . and so my job is not to worry about those people.
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September 28, 2012 | BY JAN C. TING
ONLY WHEN candidates speak in private do they reveal who they really are and what they really think. Mitt Romney did that in his remarks secretly recorded at a dinner for $50,000-and-up donors to his campaign in Boca Raton, Fla., in May. We should not forget what he said to those donors: "There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what . . . who are dependent on the government, who believe they are victims . . ....
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July 20, 2012 | By Steven Syre
I wonder if I'm retroactively retired and just don't know it yet. As Mitt Romney has shown, drawing a paycheck is no barrier to becoming retroactively retired at some point in the future. I'm on the young side to be any kind of retired, but so was Mitt when he made his backdated exit as chief executive of Bain Capital. Don't worry if you're confused. Every aspect of the furious political back-and-forth over Romney's departure from the Boston private-equity firm can make your head spin.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2012 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
I've always known I was lucky to have health insurance - unlike close to 1 in 6 Americans - but last week again made that clear. After Mitt Romney's recent comments on that topic, I'm thinking I may need treatment for vertigo. Consider the dizzying distance the GOP nominee traveled in three days. On 60 Minutes , he echoed George W. Bush's what-me-worry line that Americans can always go to the emergency room. "If someone has a heart attack, they don't sit in their apartment and die," Romney said.
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June 15, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
DERRY, N.H. - Ron McPhail mashed the horn and leaned out the window of his dump truck, yelling at the politician who was walking down the sidewalk Tuesday pursued by a pack of about 50 photographers and reporters. "Way to go, Mitt!" he said. "You've got my vote!" Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, grinned, confident after emerging almost untouched from his first Republican presidential debate Monday night. He celebrated by tearing through two diners, a hardware store, and a feed store, accepting compliments on his performance and continuing to push his economic message that President Obama has failed to put the nation on a prosperous path.
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August 6, 2012 | Charles Krauthammer
At the outset of his recent foreign trip, Mitt Romney committed a gaffe. In answer to a question about the Olympics, he expressed skepticism about London's preparations. The response confounded and agitated Romney supporters because it was such an unforced error. The question invited a simple paean to Olympic spirit and British grit, not the critical analysis of a former Olympic organizer.   Soon that initial stumble was transmuted into a metaphor for everything that followed.
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July 23, 2012 | Trudy Rubin
Foreign policy hasn't figured much in the presidential campaign, which is lucky for Mitt Romney. With scant foreign policy experience, Romney has had trouble projecting himself as a statesman. His foreign policy statements have veered from vague to disturbingly hawkish. So this week, he's off to Europe and Israel in hopes of burnishing his image as the future leader of the "free world. " Unfortunately, the world Romney seeks to lead no longer exists. Romney's foreign affairs statements have a Rip Van Winkle quality, as if he had just emerged from a sleep of two decades.
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July 24, 2012 | John Baer
IF YOU'RE like me, you're on pins and needles waiting for Mitt Romney to release his tax returns so we can see (a) just how rich he really is and (b) what he's hiding from the American people.   Actually, I'm kidding. I don't give a rat's rump about Mitt's returns, other than to satisfy some voyeuristic curiosity. I mean, what? Rich people use tax laws to stay rich? That's news? The whole thing's a dopey distraction intended to keep folks focused on Mitt's money so that they don't focus on the lack of their own. Searchlight attention on a rich man's wealth means no spotlight on declines of middle-class income and assets.
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July 23, 2012 | Dick Polman
The president is a polarizing figure whose reelection is imperiled by his handling of the nation's No. 1 issue. However, he's blessed with an opponent who is easy to attack — a rich Massachusetts patrician with seemingly flexible convictions and a personality that impedes any visceral connection with voters.   But enough about George W. Bush and John Kerry. You see where I'm going with this. The 2012 contest has taken on the broad contours of 2004, when Bush eked out a narrow win by framing the race not as a referendum on his stewardship of the war in Iraq, but as a choice between the devil people knew and the devil they didn't.
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January 22, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
As Gov. Christie nears a decision on whether to run for president, he faces a likely crowded Republican primary field - and competition for wealthy donors. One billionaire, however, has made his allegiance to Christie clear. "The American people are ready for the truth. I think one thing the governor demonstrates loud and clear is candor," Ken Langone, a cofounder of Home Depot, said in a recent interview. "He has no trouble standing by his decisions and explaining why he made those decisions.
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January 22, 2015 | BY JOSH ROGIN
  REPUBLICAN voters are divided when it comes to key foreign-policy issues and the role of American power abroad. But listening to the party's potential 2016 presidential candidates at the weekend's Republican National Committee winter meeting, in San Diego, you wouldn't have known it. Not only was foreign policy front and center of every address, but the contenders were all convening around a hawkish, almost neoconservative position similar to...
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January 12, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Rick Santorum won the Iowa Republican caucuses in 2012 with a sweater vest, a gray Dodge Ram 1500 pickup, and a prayer. That catapulted him to a sustained state-by-state battle with eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney and made him a hero of the right. Now, poised to run again, Santorum finds himself facing a crowd of competitors for the loyalties of social conservatives - former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Baptist preacher who won Iowa in 2008, and others. Potential Republican presidential candidates are moving fast to recruit the party's big-money bundlers of campaign cash and billionaires who can endow a supportive super PAC. They're putting together campaign teams and staking out ideological turf in the developing field.
NEWS
January 8, 2015 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum met Tuesday with top state Republicans and supporters in Harrisburg to discuss a possible 2016 campaign for the White House, the latest sign that he wants another shot after finishing second to GOP nominee Mitt Romney three years ago. The 60-person conclave at the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association was arranged by Frederick W. Anton, the advocacy group's president and a pillar of the state Republican establishment, and...
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December 15, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
The story of West Chester investment adviser Rich Weinstein shows that sometimes even the White House is no match for one angry citizen with a fast Internet connection and plenty of determination. Last week, Weinstein's relentless archive-diving on the intellectual origins of the Obamacare health insurance law helped put MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, often hailed as an "architect" of the plan, in the dock for hours of embarrassing interrogation from the U.S. House Oversight Committee.
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September 12, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. - They bashed President Obama, praised each other's leadership, and shared a hug on stage. Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Gov. Christie, who campaigned for Romney in the run-up to the 2012 election, were together again Wednesday - this time at a fund-raiser for the New Jersey Republican Party that doubled as a 52d birthday celebration for Christie. And this time Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is the one publicly mulling a bid for the Republican nomination in 2016 - though he assured attendees Wednesday night that he was focused on his "main job" as governor.
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September 4, 2014 | BY JEFF CROUERE
D efinition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. - Albert Einstein Unbelievably, the drumbeat has begun for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to run for president a third time. The man who lost twice for president is now being encouraged by many party leaders to give it another try. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, recently told MSNBC: "I think he's proven right on a lot of stuff. I happen to be in the camp that thinks he's actually going to run and I think he will be the next president of the United States.
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August 22, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writers
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, bruited as a possible 2016 Republican presidential contender, said Wednesday night that he wished his former running mate, Mitt Romney, would undertake a third campaign for the White House. "He has what it takes," Ryan said during an appearance at the Union League to promote a book, one of the prerequisites of a modern candidacy. "He has the intellect. He has the principles and the integrity, so I would love it. " Ryan added that Romney has said he's not interested, but "I tell him all the time" that he should run. Ryan was the 2012 GOP vice-presidential nominee on the ticket with Romney.
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In three Philadelphia-area House districts now held by Republicans, registered Democrats actually outnumber their GOP counterparts. Two are in South Jersey and the other is Bucks County-based. The numbers help explain why Democrats are once again targeting Republican seats in the suburbs, trying to take advantage of some of the country's most competitive districts and two retirements that will deprive the GOP of the power of incumbency. But which seats around the region are actually within Democrats' reach?
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Dear President Obama: Last week, you were super-busy in Europe, warning Vladimir Putin not to invade eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, Moscow's takeover of Crimea is a done deal, and there's even more worrying stuff going on elsewhere. Your CIA chief, John Brennan, just told a House panel that al-Qaeda central is now using Syrian territory to train Western jihadis to attack Europe and America. In Afghanistan (remember Afghanistan?), Taliban bombers are threatening this week's elections.
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