Washington (CNN) - As of Wednesday morning, Mitt Romney and Republican groups supporting his candidacy have bought more than $30 million worth of advertising this week in nine swing states, far outpacing President Obama and his allies, according to a source monitoring ad buys.
President Obama and his Democratic allies are spending $21.7 million in the same states.
New York (CNNMoney) – Remember the fiscal cliff?
It's the largest and most immediate domestic problem the next president will face. Yet it was barely mentioned during four presidential and vice presidential debates, and the candidates have said little about how they would address it.
Davenport, Iowa (CNN) - New details of President Barack Obama's plans for a second term were given in an off-the-record interview with the Des Moines Register Tuesday but made public only after the paper protested that leaving it private would be a disservice to Iowa voters.
The interview was conducted Tuesday but made public Wednesday after the Obama campaign gave permission to the paper releasing them from their off-the-record agreement.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama's campaign agreed Wednesday to allow the Des Moines Register in Iowa to publish an interview with the president that was previously established as off-the-record.
A transcript of the interview was posted the morning after the newspaper's editor wrote in a blistering blog post Tuesday that representatives for Obama refused an on-the-record conversation with the newspaper's editorial board, which is preparing to endorse a candidate for president in the coming days.
(CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan is once again donning a pair of safety goggles in a new television ad released Wednesday for his House re-election campaign.
Similar to his first television ad, Ryan is seen standing in a factory talking to voters about the economy.
Washington (CNN) – Actor Clint Eastwood is returning to the political stage, but this time he is talking directly to the camera - and not to an empty chair.
Eastwood received much derision as well as praise for his speech at the Republican Convention this summer in Tampa where he lectured to an empty chair that was meant to represent President Obama.
Annandale, Minnesota (CNN) – Jim Graves strolled down Main Street in his pressed shirt with French cuffs and skinny jeans, a dapper enigma in a land of flannels and Wranglers. He stuck out his hand to introduce himself to a ruffian in a wheelchair scooter.
The two talked politics before the stranger confessed he's an anarchist who believes Americans should be allowed to kill three people a day. "That would take care of the idiots REALLLLLL fast," the man said with a chuckle.
(CNN) – With 13 days until Election Day, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney campaigns in Nevada and Iowa, while his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, delivers a policy speech at Cleveland State University before heading to Georgia for a fund-raiser.
President Barack Obama, meanwhile, kicks off a two-day, multi-state tour through Iowa, Colorado and Nevada on Wednesday. Vice President Joe Biden wraps up a three-day Ohio swing with a campaign rally at a high school in Marion.
See a schedule of the day's events after the jump.
New York (CNNMoney) - Mitt Romney made Big Bird the symbol of his fight against government spending. And the company licensed to sell Big Bird Halloween costumes couldn't be more pleased.
"This has absolutely become our biggest year ever for Big Bird costumes," said Maddie Gerety, brand manager at Disguise, a unit of toymaker Jakks Pacific. "If only we had a crystal ball to predict this was going to happen."
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CNN: GOP Senate candidate: Pregnancies from rape God’s will
Richard Mourdock, running for U.S. Senate in Indiana, said at a debate Tuesday that pregnancies resulting from rape are intended by God. The Republican candidate was explaining his opposition to abortion in cases of rape or incest when he made the remark. "I struggled with it myself for a long time, and I realized that life is a gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen," Mourdock said, explaining that he would allow for exceptions to an abortion ban when a mother's life is in danger.
CNN: Bogus letters questioning Florida voter citizenship investigated
In the critical battleground state of Florida, the state's Department of Law Enforcement and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service tell CNN they have opened a preliminary investigation into a slew of bogus letters to some voters questioning their citizenship and registration just two weeks before the November election.