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  • President Obama has yet to make known whether or not he supports gay marriage. Coming out in favor could satisfy and energize his base, but Obama needs to appeal to both bases in 2012, and likely won't take a firm stance before the race is over.

    Days after New York passed a law legalizing gay marriage, President Obama was asked where he stood on the controversial issue.

    His response? "I'm not going to make news on that today. Good try though."

    The White House has previously acknowledged that Obama's past opposition to gay marriage is "evolving" but have been unwilling to say when he might have more to say on the issue -- and when he might say it.

    The new New York law coupled with the fact that gay men and women comprise a not-insignificant chunk of the Democratic base and donor community will ramp up the pressure on Obama to say something sooner rather than later about where he stands on gay marriage.

    But, political reality suggests Obama will continue to not make news on the issue

    Read More »from The Fast Fix: Will Obama support gay marriage?
  • Fundraising is vital to a successful presidential bid, and the Republican 2012 hopefuls are already raking in cash to put toward their campaigns. But money equates to power in more than one way this early in the race: it means strength, and hopefully, support down the line.

    The chase for campaign cash in the presidential race is heating up.

    Fundraising is seen as an early sign of strength for a candidate. Donors invest in people they think can win. If you can't get someone to write you a check, it's not likely you'll win their vote.

    That makes Thursday a very important day in the 2012 presidential race. It's the deadline for fundraising over the past three months and every candidate is pushing hard to collect as many checks as possible before the clock strikes midnight.

    For Republicans, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will be the cash king. He raised more than $10 million in a single day last month and is likely to raise as much as $20 million for the entire quarter.

    Read More »from The Fast Fix: Cash for Candidates
  • Michele Bachmann makes a compelling and confident 2012 Presidential candidate. She needs to keep that spark up--but avoid a tendency to misspeak as she moves forward.

    If you haven't heard of Michele Bachmann yet, you will soon enough.

    The Minnesota Republican Congresswoman officially enters the 2012 presidential race today in Waterloo, Iowa. She'll also make trips to New Hampshire and South Carolina to declare her intentions.

    Bachmann has been in the U.S. House since 2006 and has rapidly emerged as one of its most outspoken and controversial members.

    Her comments that Barack Obama might hold "anti-American" views during the 2008 election nearly cost her her seat.

    But she's emerged as a champion of the tea party for her willingness to stake out conservative positions on the federal debt, slashing government spending and virtually every other issue. That has turned her into a very hot commodity in the GOP these days.

    And Bachmann has a compelling personal story to tell. She is the

    Read More »from The Fast Fix: President Bachmann?

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  • Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

    A television reporter quit her job on live TV with a big four-letter flourish after revealing she owns a medical marijuana business and intends to press for legalization of recreational pot in Alaska. ...

  • Iraqi soldiers describe heavy losses as Islamic State overruns camp

    By Ahmed Rasheed and Saif Sameer Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi soldiers described on Monday how Islamic State fighters inflicted heavy losses in a chaotic raid on a military base just an hour's drive from Baghdad, highlighting the jihadists' ability to attack high-profile targets despite U.S. air strikes. Soldiers, officials and tribal sources gave differing accounts of what happened on Sunday when the militants stormed the camp at Saqlawiya that they had been besieging. ...

  • G20 finance ministers add to fears of a stock-market bubble
    G20 finance ministers add to fears of a stock-market bubble

    Even governments are warning that stocks seem overvalued.

  • Apple sells more than 10 million new iPhones in first three days
    Apple sells more than 10 million new iPhones in first three days

    By Soham Chatterjee (Reuters) - Apple Inc said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays. Chief Executive Tim Cook said the company could have sold even more iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models if supplies had been available. Analysts had estimated first-weekend sales of up to 10 million iPhones, after Apple booked record pre-orders of 4 million on Sept. 12, the day pre-orders opened. Apple's shares were little changed at $100.98 in afternoon trading on the Nasdaq on Monday. ...

  • 8 big problems with iOS 8
    8 big problems with iOS 8

    Following reports of adoption that has been slower than iOS 7 last year or even iOS 6 in 2012, Apple failed to mention any iOS 8 download numbers when announcing rec0rd-breaking iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sales on Monday morning. The omission was a bit odd considering Apple announced first-week iOS 7 download figures in 2013, and it suggests the adoption rate indeed hasn’t been terribly impressive thus far. Why are people waiting? Is it a lack of exciting new features? After all, iOS 7 was a huge deal because it featured a completely revamped user interface. Of course, it could also be that people who have updated to iOS 8 have sometimes had some pretty substantial complaints, and they’re advising

  • Scotland's leader: Voters 'tricked' in referendum
    Scotland's leader: Voters 'tricked' in referendum

    LONDON (AP) — The debate over Scotland's future fizzled amid a bitter war of words Sunday, with the Scottish leader claiming his countrymen were "tricked" into rejecting independence in a referendum and Britain's three main political parties bickering over how to take political reform forward.

  • New video shows White House intruder's path across lawn, into residence
    New video shows White House intruder's path across lawn, into residence

    A new surveillance video shows the path taken by the White House intruder on Friday after he hopped the fence, ran across the North Lawn, up the stairs and through the front door before he was stopped.

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