Election 2012

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WHY IT MATTERS: A weekly compilation of condensed versions of Why It Matters

EDITOR’S NOTE - Part of a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

WHY IT MATTERS: Global warming: This year the nation's weather has been hotter and more extreme than most

EDITOR’S NOTE - One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

WHY IT MATTERS: One new justice could change a lot

The issue: With four justices in their seventies, odds are good that whoever is elected president in November will have a chance to fill at least one Supreme Court seat.

WHY IT MATTERS: Wall Street regulation and reform

The issue: The 2008 financial crisis roiled the banking system and swamped the global economy, leaving millions of Americans jobless, underemployed or facing foreclosure.

Obama, Clinton condemn anti-Islam film in television advertisments in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Marked by the U.S. Embassy seal, advertisements condemning an anti-Islam video appeared on Pakistani television today in an attempt to undercut anger against the United Statesd. Hundreds of youths, however, clashed with security as they tried to reach the embassy in Islamabad amid anger over the film’s depiction of the Prophet Muhammad.

Romney wants to stop by 'The View,' after all

Mitt Romney now says he would love to visit “The View’s” sharp-tongued non-conservatives, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck, next month.

Not enough people pay income tax? What about Boeing?

SEATTLE — So Mitt Romney thinks if you don’t pay income taxes, then you’re a handout-addicted moocher who can’t take responsibility for bettering yourself.

Obama jabs at Romney over GOP candidate's '47 percent' remarks

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night the occupant of the Oval Office must “work for everyone, not just for some,” jabbing back at Mitt Romney’s jarring statement that as a candidate, he doesn’t worry about the 47 percent of the country that pays no income taxes.

Romney: Palestinians not interested in peace

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney faced a new challenge today for saying Palestinians “have no interest” in peace with Israel, comments captured on newly released videotape of his private remarks to wealthy donors.

Romney hits Obama on economy; Obama takes on China

The candidates are focused on voters in eight swing states

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican Mitt Romney launched fresh critiques of President Barack Obama's handling of the economy today in an attempt to cut the incumbent's momentum, as the White House announced new a new trade enforcement case against China in the battle for working-class voters.

African-American Christian voters waver over beliefs of candidates

Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day. That’s a worrisome message for the nation’s first African-American president, who can’t afford to lose any voters from his base in a tight race.

Fact check: Romney misstates facts on attacks

WASHINGTON — The gunfire at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, had barely ceased when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney seriously mischaracterized what had happened in a statement accusing President Barack Obama of “disgraceful” handling of violence there and at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.

WHY IT MATTERS: Campaign finance

The issue This presidential election is on track to cost more than $1 billion. It’s a staggering tab, and those who kick in big money to cover it stand to gain outsized influence over policy decisions by whoever wins. Your voice may not be heard as loudly as a result.

Romney: Obama 'weak' on foreign policy

Obama avoided responding to Romney, but pledged that 'justice will be done' in Libya.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Republican challenger Mitt Romney sought to portray President Barack Obama as weak on foreign policy today after violent attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East.

WHY IT MATTERS: Afghanistan

EDITOR’S NOTE: One in a series examining issues at stake in the election.

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