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CNN: Obama: Romney's Bain record is fair game
President Barack Obama took Mitt Romney to task on Monday, arguing the likely GOP presidential nominee's history as a corporate CEO does anything but qualify him for the Oval Office. "When you're president, as opposed to the head of a private equity firm, then your job is not simply to maximize profits. Your job is to figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot," the president said during a press conference at the NATO summit in Chicago.
CNN: Karzai: I will not let congressman into Afghanistan
If Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California, an influential member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is looking for a country to visit as a member of a congressional delegation, he can cross Afghanistan off his list. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Rohrabacher have been at loggerheads over the congressman's push for a more decentralized Afghan government. Asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the disagreement, Karzai said he is against letting Rohrabacher into the country.
(CNN) - Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, New Jersey who said Sunday political language used on both sides of the aisle is "nauseating," said Monday his comments were being used for cynical political gain by Republicans seeking to portray Democrats as fractured.
"I've been taken out of context," Booker said on MSNBC. "I've been used to support a cynicism."