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** FILE ** President Obama smiles as he arrives at a campaign stop on Oct. 24, 2012, at The Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds in Davenport, Iowa. The president began a two-day campaign blitz through eight states with stops in key battleground states Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Ohio and Virginia. (Associated Press)

Electronics business owner: 'Yeah, I built this'

Bill Crutchfield, who started the electronics sales company that bears his name, hosted GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan Thursday night at his company headquarters in Charlottesville, and used the chance to poke at President Obama's claim that business owners don't succeed on their own.

** FILE ** Ann Coulter (Associated Press)

Ann Coulter defends saying 'R-word'

Conservative pundit and author Ann Coulter has defended calling President Obama a "retard," saying she doesn't think the word is offensive despite condemnation from advocates of disabled persons, as well as from liberals and even some fellow conservatives.

President Obama speaks Oct. 25, 2012, during a campaign event at Ybor City Museum State Park in Tampa, Fla. (Associated Press)

Obama: Romney is a 'bullsh---er'

President Obama had some harsh words for Republican challenger Mitt Romney in comments at the end of a recent magazine interview, according to a report posted Thursday by Politico.

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks Oct. 23, 2012, in support of Proposition 30 at an elementary school in San Diego. Proposition 30 would boost the state sales tax by a quarter cent for four years and raise income taxes for seven years on those who make more than $250,000 annually. (Associated Press)

Poll: California voters rejecting Brown's tax hike

California Gov. Jerry Brown's $6 billion tax-increase initiative is losing steam as it enters the final stretch of the race, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters following a campaign rally in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)

Romney gets Detroit News endorsement

The editorial staff of The Detroit News, one of Michigan's two largest news outlets, endorsed Mitt Romney for president Thursday, opting for the Republican despite President Obama's role in the auto industry bailout.

** FILE ** Colin Powell, a secretary of state in the George W. Bush administration and a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with President Obama in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington in December 2010. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Colin Powell endorses Obama for second time

Colin Powell, who served in multiple Republican presidential administrations and was secretary of state under President George W. Bush, endorsed President Obama on Thursday — as he did in 2008 — while reiterating that he is still a member of the Republican Party.

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns at Landmark Aviation at The Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Outside groups spent $60M in one day

The super PAC supporting Mitt Romney made an enormous $18 million ad buy Tuesday, the largest independent expenditure ever reported to the Federal Election Commission. The amount is more than the super PAC, Restore Our Future, had on hand as of Oct. 1, meaning it may have received significant contributions in the days before the election.