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Obama more likable, but Romney a better manager, new Gallup poll

President Barack Obama may be more likable, but many Americans think GOP challenger Mitt Romney would be a better manager if elected, a Gallup poll released Wednesday shows.

Arizona and the Supremes: Who won?

Both sides claim victory after the Supreme Court struck down most of Arizona's prickly SB 1070 immigration law. Hispanics, not so much.
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Jane Pauk, of Phoenix, Ariz., pushed for support of her state's controversial immigration reform in front of the US Supreme Court. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The first thing that strikes a recently arrived visitor to Arizona is the large number of traffic patrol cars on the highway. Barely a mile goes by without seeing some unfortunate pulled over to the side of the road, police lights flashing, car doors opened, sometimes a small crowd of people standing around looking worried.

When I asked a friend, a resident of Arizona, what gives, he laughed.

“It’s a new Arizona crime wave,” he said. “It’s called ‘driving while Hispanic.’”

Most of Arizona’s tough immigration law, SB 1070, was just struck down by the Supreme Court. State officials can no longer arrest or deport illegal immigrants — this, said the court, is the purview of the federal government. Arizona cannot impose harsher penalties for failing to register, for seeking employment, and a few other infractions, than Washington has designated.

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Dear Mr. President: What's your advice for the next US president?

Have you always wanted to give the US president a piece of your mind? Now is your chance.

Man on a wire: Mitt Romney’s delicate Mormon balancing act

For some, Romney’s Mormon faith is a non-issue. For others, it’s the main attraction.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shakes hands with people during a campaign event. Romney will have to have to find a way to manage voters' demands with the demands of his faith. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Ben McAdams is the political equivalent of a unicorn. McAdams, who is running for mayor of Salt Lake County, is both a Democrat and a Mormon. Sitting in his Salt Lake City office, staffed by enthusiastic young recruits, McAdams smiles as he contemplates his unique status. “I have met many Mormons who wonder how I can be a Democrat,” he laughs. “And just as many Democrats who wonder how I can be a Mormon.”
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Joe Williams, Politico reporter, suspended over racially charged comments about Mitt Romney (VIDEO)

Joe Williams, a Politico reporter, was suspended late Thursday for making racially charged comments about Republican candidate Mitt Romney, the political news website reported. 

Romney in Iowa, American flags made in China

Protesters drive a Cadillac with a toy dog on the roof, while others root for Ron Paul. Republican Mitt Romney’s 'Every Town Counts' tour fails to impress some folks in this swing state.
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Iowans cheered Mitt Romney at a campaign speech in Davenport. But some complained that the US flags were made in China. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Politics are a hard sell here in the “Quad Cities,” a group of five towns straddling the Mississippi River on the Iowa/Illinois border.

It may have been the hot blustery breeze off the water, or the time of day — 4 p.m. during the work week — but just a few hundred people showed up to hear presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney bring his message to the Midwest. Romney is on a bus tour of swing states, having already been to Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Wisconsin before hitting Iowa.

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Of Mormons and beer

Joseph Smith casts a long shadow in Utah — and possibly on the US elections
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Hundreds of Mormons riding in 50 covered wagons and pulling handcarts wind their way along the Mormon Trail. There are two kinds of people in Salt Lake City: Mormons and those who poke fun at them, sometimes none too gently. (Mike Nelson/AFP/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah— All roads lead to the Temple in this beautiful city nestled at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains. Utah is the reddest of red states, and will undoubtedly go to Romney in November. However, while Salt Lake City is considered the Mormon capital, it is one of the few cities in Utah where Mormons are in the minority.
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Obama, Romney give dueling economic speeches (VIDEO)

"Your vote will finally determine the path we take as a nation. Everything else is just noise, everything else is just a distraction," Obama said.

Obama to defend economic recovery in Ohio speech

The president’s campaign team said Obama will emphasize Romney's policies are the same George W. Bush tried.
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