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Mar 3, 2012

Washington state caucus a momentum test for Romney

By Ros Krasny

(Reuters) – Mitt Romney, who regained front-runner status in the Republican presidential race with three state wins this week, could build on that momentum with a victory in the Washington state caucuses on Saturday just three days before crucial Super Tuesday voting.

The former Massachusetts governor led a Public Policy Polling opinion poll in Washington state on Friday, boosted by wins this week over main rival, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, in Michigan, Arizona and Wyoming nominating contests.

Mar 2, 2012
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The 99 percent comes out to protest Romney in Seattle

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Republican Mitt Romney has rarely faced a critical mass of protesters during his months-long campaign for the White House. But then, he doesn’t often visit the Left Coast. And protesters were out in force in Seattle on Thursday night when Romney held a fundraiser at a civic center in Bellevue, Washington, near Seattle, attended by the local political establishment and well-heeled locals.

The complex holding the event also contained the upscale “Shops at the Bravern” mall. After the event fund-raisers could have slipped out to pick up a few items at Hermes, Louis Vuitton or Jimmy Choo.

Mar 1, 2012

Lady Gaga lends star wattage to youth empowerment

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Pop diva Lady Gaga brought her star power, her mom and some of her famous friends, including Oprah Winfrey, to Harvard University on Wednesday to launch a new foundation aimed at empowering young people and stamping out bullying.

“If you have revolutionary potential, you must make the world a better place and use it,” Gaga said as she officially kicked off the “Born this Way Foundation,” named after her 2011 hit album and single, with a series of events at the top U.S. university. “This is about transformative change in culture.”

Feb 29, 2012

Lady Gaga lends star power to anti-bullying efforts

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) – Pop superstar Lady Gaga brought her star power, her mom and some of her famous friends including Oprah Winfrey, to Harvard University on Wednesday to launch a new foundation aimed at empowering young people and stamping out bullying.

Gaga officially kicked off her “Born this Way Foundation,” named after her 2011 hit album and single “Born this Way,” with a series of events at the top U.S. university.

Feb 29, 2012
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Church-turned-restaurant in Maine leaves diners in a state of Grace

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(Diners eat at Grace Restaurant, housed in a church built in the 1850's, in Portland, Maine February 11, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder )

A passerby seeing the imposing church building with its massive, red doors bearing the word “Grace” and a mysterious triangular logo could be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled upon some kind of new-age congregation.

Feb 28, 2012

Republican moderate Senator Snowe announces retirement

BOSTON (Reuters) – Senator Olympia Snowe, one of the few remaining Republican moderates in Congress, announced on Tuesday that she will not seek re-election for a fourth six-year term, citing the attitude of toxic partisanship in Congress.

In a statement, Snowe said she was in good health and had “no doubt” she would have won re-election in November.

Feb 28, 2012

Maine restaurant leaves diners in state of Grace

PORTLAND, Maine Feb 28 (Reuters) – - A passerby seeing
the imposing church building with its massive, red doors bearing
the word “Grace” and a mysterious triangular logo could be
forgiven for thinking they had stumbled upon some kind of
new-age congregation.

In a way that’s true, for Grace – the restaurant, housed in
a former United Methodist church in downtown Portland, Maine -
is now a temple of high-end dining. The two-year-old venture is,
visually at least, the crown jewel of the vibrant dining scene
in Maine’s largest city.

Feb 16, 2012

Santorum’s provocative language could be obstacle

BOSTON (Reuters) – Republican candidate Rick Santorum has won support from American conservatives for his views on social issues but a habit of hyperbole may lead to stumbles in his White House bid.

In Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday, Santorum compared contraception to deodorant and soap when making a point about why he believes birth control should not be covered by health insurers.

Feb 13, 2012
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“Dogs Against Romney” keeps barking on Seamus

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It’s an anti-Romney movement five years in the making, and now it’s a large and growing “Super Pack” that even plans to crash the legendary Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this week.

Dogs Against Romney is an ad-hoc group that likes dogs (and even, when pressed, some cats) but does not like Mitt Romney. It was brought together by the now well-known story of how Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, once drove from Boston to Canada with his dog in a carrier strapped to the roof of the speeding family car.

Feb 12, 2012

Romney’s Santorum problem: no easy targets

PORTLAND, Maine (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has a Rick Santorum problem that can’t be easily swept aside, even with wins in the sparsely attended Maine caucuses and a poll of conservative activists.

The former Massachusetts governor arguably has fewer effective weapons against Santorum than he was able to pull out against Newt Gingrich after getting a thumping in South Carolina from the former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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      "Ros Krasny is Boston Bureau Chief, leading coverage of the New England scene. She was previously a regional Federal Reserve correspondent based in Chicago, and spent many years writing about agricultural commodity markets with Bridge News and Knight-Ridder Financial news."
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