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Romney’s problems with minority voters extend to Asians, study shows

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Republican Mitt Romney's problems appealing to minority voters extends beyond blacks and Hispanics, with Asian-Americans also heavily favoring Democratic President Barack Obama's re-election on Nov. 6.

Among likely voters who are Asian American, 43 percent back Obama, compared with 24 percent for Romney. But there are still many out there to be won over, because a third - 32 percent - of those who are judged likely to cast ballots on Nov. 6 have not yet made up their minds, according to the National Asian American Survey, which organizers said was  the largest such study of Asian American and Pacific Islanders' public opinion ever done in the United States.

Many, however, have yet to be won over, because a third - 32 percent - of those who are judged likely to cast ballots on Nov. 6 have not yet made up their minds, the study found.

Romney could have a tougher time attracting them. Obama's approval ratings are higher with the group - at 59 percent versus the national average of about 50 percent. Romney's are lower, at 30 percent versus 45 percent.

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Are Republicans also losing the Asian vote?

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Republican struggles winning over Hispanic-American voters have been well documented this campaign season, but there is some concern about another fast-growing ethnic group - Asian Americans.

Tom Davis, a former congressman from Virginia, discussed the Republican Party's difficulties connecting with Hispanic voters, but said it could change that. "They are a group that is certainly gettable," the moderate Republican said.

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Romney looks to give Bernanke the boot

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U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke attends the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) meeting during the spring IMF-World Bank meetings in Washington April 21, 2012.

“I’d be looking for somebody new.”

Those words from the U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may give Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke some pause – or at least thinking about some other job prospects if the GOP frontrunner wins the Nov. 6 election.

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Washington Extra – Moonshot no more

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich bows his head in prayer before speaking at First Redeemer Church while on a campaign tour in Cumming, Georgia, February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Tami Chappell

Earth calling Newt: When the biggest news of your presidential campaign is the penguin biting your hand at the zoo, it's probably time to pack it in.

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No privilege for most stay-at-home moms -poll

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Mothers relax on the grass with their babies at Central Park during a warm day in New York, March 22, 2012. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The recent flap over women voters -- especially stay-at-home mothers -- has sent both Republican and Democratic pundits scrambling and with good reason: many stay-at-home moms aren't affiliated with either party and are a ripe target for swing votes, a new poll shows.

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Lawyer behind Super PAC ruling launches his own

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The lawyer behind the case that opened the door to U.S. "Super PACs" and more campaign cash now has one of his own. Thousands of U.S. dollars are seen here in this November 3, 2009 file photo at a Westminster, Colorado bank. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The conservative lawyer who helped end political spending limits for corporations has now taken advantage of new campaign finance rules that allow "Super PACs" by launching one of his own.

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Washington Extra: Sayonara Santorum

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Former presidential candidate and Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum is featured on a button by a supporter who also wore the politician's trademark vest in this January 14, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Jason Reed

It began and ended at a kitchen table in Pennsylvania. Rick Santorum's improbable and surprisingly long run for the White House is over. But the Republican Party will feel the effects of this game-changing gambit cooked up in a kitchen for some time to come.

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Who’s out of touch? Biden takes aim at Romney on economy

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Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday accused Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney of disregarding the importance of the manufacturing sector as a source of jobs for middle class Americans and said the former Massachusetts governor had offered “consistently wrong” remedies for the U.S. economy.

In a campaign speech in Davenport, Iowa, a key battleground state in the general election, Biden also said Romney showed a lot of “chutzpah” by suggesting President Barack Obama was “out of touch” with ordinary Americans.

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Washington Extra – Gasoline alley

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President Obama may have his facts right on what's behind higher gasoline prices and he might be correct in saying that the causes are largely beyond his control. But even his strong arguments won't stand a chance with Americans if a gallon of gas heads up to $5 in coming months.

Nevertheless, the president clearly understood the importance of getting his message out there early and his speech today in Florida was well timed. Rising gas prices are leading the nightly news shows this week and Republican presidential candidates are squarely placing the blame on Obama and his energy policies. Last night, right out of the debate gate, Newt Gingrich said he would give Americans $2.50 gas if he won the White House.

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Tending to China-US relations

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Valentine's Day is as good a day as any for China and the United States to work on the kinks in their relationship.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping signaled beforehand that tending to the state of the  "dynamic and promising" U.S.-China connection would be the at the heart of his White House visit on Tuesday.

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