President Obama’s reelection campaign brought 40 engineers into their ranks to build the technology they needed to get the president reelected. This is the very human story of how they helped out, even if they never fit in.
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The Republican ticket’s merchandise can now be bought cheap.
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After nearly $1 billion spent on TV advertising, dozens of debates, and countless primaries, caucuses, and polls, today is the day: Election Day 2012. Republican hopefuls battled through state contests, winnowing the group down to the eventual nominee, Mitt Romney. The incumbent, President Barack Obama, formally announced his re-election campaign on April 4, 2011, and began engaging Mitt Romney once it became apparent he would get the Republican nomination. Since then, both teams have traveled thousands of miles on cross-country trips from strongholds to swing states to ask for your vote. Gathered here are photographs from the trail, a look back at Campaign 2012 as it comes to a close.
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The last campaign GIF of his last campaign.
Alright, go vote.
Banks “frankly own the place,” Sen. Dick Durbin famously said of Washington during the debate over financial regulation in 2010. And when it comes to total contributions for big donors, you can see what he’s talking about in this chart. (FIRE = the Finance, Insurance and Real Estate sector) Read more.
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Could Bad Business Deals Sink Donald Trump? The Atlantic’s Joshua Green asks the question:
Last night, NBC News did a damning expose of Trump’s record, which is replete with bankruptcies, lawsuits, and aggrieved former investors. But that only scratched the surface. Trump’s hilarious, bombastic dismissal of Mitt Romney’s business career, coupled with his heightened political profile and rampant egotism, suddenly seems to be rubbing Wall Street folks the wrong way. Financiers who chuckled about Trump, have become peeved and willing to share their thoughts on his business acumen.
Earlier this evening, I had the opportunity to get the unvarnished thoughts of a former Deutsche Bank employee familiar with Trump from this $640-million deal gone awry on the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago. Trump was sued to collect on a $40-million personal guarantee that was part of the deal. Suffice it to say, the banker held a dim view of the Donald. “[The Chicago deal] was pretty minor given all the other things going on at the time. Real estate developers do default from time to time,” he said. “But this guy has been doing it for 20 years, failing. Remember the Trump Shuttle? That’s why he’ll never run. His finances just won’t hold up to scrutiny. It’s pretty well known in financial circles that this guy is a deadbeat.”
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