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President Obama speaks about the so-called "Buffett Rule" on April 11, 2012, at the White House. (Associated Press)

Obama's secretary paid higher income tax rate than he did

President Obama's secretary paid a higher income tax rate than he did, the White House said Friday, arguing that the disparity underscores the unfair nature of the U.S. tax code and provides an even greater argument for enacting Mr. Obama's so-called "Buffett rule," which would require millionaires to pay a minimum of 30 percent of their income in taxes.

**FILE** Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney, talks in Chicago on March 19, 2012, with audience members after her husband spoke at the University of Chicago. (Associated Press)

Contrite Rosen cancels 'Meet the Press' appearance

An apologetic Hilary Rosen, the Democratic strategist who kicked up the political firestorm over women's roles with a disparaging remark against Ann Romney's choice to be a full-time mother, has decided to cancel an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" this Sunday.

President Obama is escorted April 13, 2012, by Col. Kenneth R. Rizer, commander of the 11th Wing, upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Florida. (Associated Press)

Obama pressed on 'jetting around' on Air Force One, Rosen's comments

President Obama's media strategy of granting one-on-one interviews with local TV news stations in battleground states backfired Thursday when a reporter grilled him about "jetting around" on Air Force One and another pressed him to respond to a Democratic strategist's disparaging remarks about Ann Romney's choice to be a full-time mother.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks in Tunkhannock, Pa., on Thursday, April 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Romney leads Obama in latest polling

Fresh off dispatching his chief rival for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney now also leads President Obama in a head-to-head matchup, according to the latest Fox News poll.

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves before addressing an audience April 11, 2012, during a campaign event in Warwick, R.I. (Associated Press)

Dems seize on anniversary of Romney's health care law

Likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney doesn't like to be reminded of how his Massachusetts health care reform is similar to the Obama health care overhaul that he continually denounce — so a leading Democratic super PAC did just that on Thursday, releasing a new video congratulating Mr. Romney on the law's sixth anniversary.

Rick Santorum turns to his wife, Karen, on Tuesday after announcing in Gettysburg, Pa., that he is suspending his run for president. Front-runner Mitt Romney said in Delaware that he will now start seriously pondering a list of vice-presidential prospects. (Associated Press)

Santorum says money dried up

Rick Santorum said Thursday he dropped out of the presidential race because his fundraising tanked in April as his own supporters told him the race was over and the onetime Pennsylvania senator needed to back GOP rival Mitt Romney.

** FILE ** President Obama answers a reporter's question about the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin on March 23, 2012, in the Rose Garden of the White House. With the George Zimmerman trial over and the neighborhood watchman found innocent of second degree murder, the president has said he wants to revisit a national dialogue on race and guns in America. (Associated Press)

Obama mum as Trayvon Martin case heats up

President Obama, having stirred up national interest in the Trayvon Martin case with his comments last month, has nothing more to say about the shooting of the black Florida teenager, his press secretary said Wednesday.

Rick Santorum

Dems fundraise off of Santorum's exit

Democrats are trying to capitalize on Rick Santorum's decision to drop out of the GOP presidential primary, casting it as the beginning of a two-man race between President Obama and Mitt Romney.