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In the homestretch to Election Day, both sides stretch the facts in their TV spots. President Obama greatly exaggerates his differences with Mitt Romney over troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, while Romney repeats a false claim that the president plans a $4,000 tax increase on “the middle class.” Read more»

With campaign finances limits rendered nearly meaningless, election spending is on pace to set records. Where does each presidential candidate stand on how to regulate money in politics? Read more»

A slide taken from an online slideshow by a political targeting firm.

If you're a registered voter and surf the web, one of the sites you visit has almost certainly placed a tiny piece of data on your computer flagging your political preferences. That piece of data, called a cookie, marks you as a Democrat or Republican, when you last voted, and what contributions you've made. Read more»

Seriously, Newt? A moon colony? That can apply for statehood? Seriously? That's your idea for intelligently spending $1 trillion? (Yes, that's what it would cost.) Read more»

Gov. Rick Perry praying at The Response, a two-hour evangelical gathering in Greenville, S.C., on Jan. 17.

After their first meeting with Joe Allbaugh, Rick Perry loyalists were left unimpressed. The competent Allbaugh of political legend — the one who had so effectively run George W. Bush’s 2000 campaign, a logistics man who had been part of the former president’s “Iron Triangle” — wasn't the one who'd shown up. Read more»

Some will say it's not nice to pick on Rick Perry. They're right. But it is fun. Read more»

Herman Cain

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain appeared defiant at three events in Ohio Wednesday as he continued campaigning in the wake of Atlanta businesswoman Ginger White’s claims that they’d had a long extramarital affair. Read more» 2

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

To uproarious cheers in a packed basketball arena at Liberty University, Perry spoke more like a minister than a politician, motivating students to use their Christian values to wrest control of their futures from Washington. Read more» 1

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman

Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman each cherry-picked facts about job growth in their states when they were governor. Here we offer a broader look at the numbers, which sometimes tell a different story than the candidates. Read more»

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney for president on Monday, and is joining the Romney campaign as a national co-chairman. Read more»

On the heels of a GOP debate where he reasserted his controversial belief that Social Security is a “monstrous lie” and a “Ponzi scheme,” Gov. Rick Perry heads to Florida on Monday, a big state, rich in delegates, with a key early primary — and home to many older voters. Read more»

As Perry adjusts to his front-runner status for the Republican presidential nomination, his opponents are planting seeds of doubt about how tough the border state’s longest-serving governor has been on illegal immigration. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., during the Ames Straw Poll in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 13.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s two top campaign aides, her campaign manager Ed Rollins and deputy campaign manager David Polyansky, have announced they are leaving their current roles in her 2012 presidential campaign. Read more»

The Bastrop wildfire burns southeast of Austin on Monday.

With wildfires raging outside of Austin, Gov. Rick Perry is leaving the campaign trail to return to his home state, the governor's office confirmed Monday morning. Read more»

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint was hosting a forum Monday for GOP candidates at Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia, S.C.

Six Republican presidential candidates are spending Labor Day at an event hosted by South Carolina Senate. Jim DeMint, an influential leader in the new conservative grassroots movement that includes Tea Party members. Read more»