Virginia poll: Obama 48% – Romney 47%
November 5th, 2012
07:57 AM ET
1 year ago

Virginia poll: Obama 48% – Romney 47%

(CNN) – A new poll released Monday indicates that President Barack Obama has a razor thin margin over Mitt Romney in Virginia, a crucial battleground state with 13 electoral votes.

Forty-eight percent of likely voters in the state back the president, while 47% support the GOP presidential nominee, according to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey. The one-point margin is well within the poll's sampling error, meaning the two candidates are statistically tied.

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Romney and America's biggest tax break
November 5th, 2012
07:02 AM ET
1 year ago

Romney and America's biggest tax break

New York (CNNMoney) – Among the questions about how Mitt Romney would pay for his $5 trillion tax plan is whether he would curb the biggest tax break of all: the largely invisible tax savings workers get when their employer provides health insurance.

The "health care exclusion" applies to the money a company contributes to help pay for an employee's coverage; that money is considered income to the worker, and the IRS treats it as tax-free.

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Election 2012: What about the poor?
November 5th, 2012
07:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Election 2012: What about the poor?

New York (CNNMoney) – One wants to strengthen the nation's existing safety net. The other wants to overhaul it.

President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney have vastly different views on how to help the 46.2 million Americans in poverty and the more than 30 million people who are near poor. The president leans toward expanding the programs that exist, while the Republicans say they will set up a system that fosters economic opportunity instead of government dependency.

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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, November 05, 2012
November 5th, 2012
04:36 AM ET
1 year ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Monday, November 05, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click the headlines for more.

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CNN Exclusive: Boehner expects temporary fix to avoid fiscal cliff
Throwing cold water on any major effort during the lame duck Congress to reach a deal that would avert the fiscal cliff, House Speaker John Boehner told CNN on Sunday the best outcome would be some sort of temporary fix to postpone the cuts, but admitted even that would be tough to get through.

CNN: Haley Barbour: Storm 'broke Romney's momentum'
Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Sunday argued Superstorm Sandy not only wreaked havoc on the Northeast this week, but blunted Mitt Romney's campaign as well. "The hurricane is what broke Romney's momentum. I don't think there is any question about it," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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