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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (right) greets people April 1, 2012, at a pancake breakfast during a campaign stop in Milwaukee, Wis. (Associated Press)

Danger signs for Romney in new general election poll

A new USA/Gallup poll carries a number of potential warning signs for Mitt Romney's potential one-on-one matchup with President Obama in the general election, showing him losing to the incumbent among registered voters nationwide and in a dozen key swing states.

** FILE ** President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy, Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Georgetown University in Washington. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Report: Unchurched could carry Obama to victory

President Obama could lose the Catholic and Protestant vote in the fall election and still sweep to victory if he dominates among non-religious voters, according to projections released Thursday by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.

** FILE ** Members of the U.S. House of Representatives take their oath of office during the first session of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama budget defeated 414-0

President Obama's budget was defeated 414-0 in the House late Wednesday, in a vote Republicans arranged to try to embarrass him and shelve his plan for the rest of the year.

This handout frame grab from video, provided by House Television, shows Rep. Bobby Rush, an Illinois Democrat, wearing a hoodie on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 28, 2012. (AP Photo/House Television)

Hoodie-wearing lawmaker escorted from House floor

Rep. Bobby L. Rush was gaveled out of order and escorted from the floor of the House of Representatives chamber on Wednesday after he took off his jacket to reveal he was wearing a sweatshirt with a hood, and then proceeded to pull the hood over his head while reading his statement.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks with Jay Leno during his appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show" in Burbank, Calif., on Tuesday, March 27, 2012. (AP Photo/NBC, Paul Drinkwater)

Romney, Leno talk vice presidents

Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, appearing on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday evening, said he appreciates Rick Santorum's willingness to serve in a Romney administration, but stopped well short of offering the former Pennsylvania senator the vice presidential slot.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses an audience on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, during a campaign stop at an American Legion post in Arbutus, Md. (Associated Press)

Romney up with new ad in Wisconsin

Mitt Romney released a new campaign commercial in Wisconsin on Wednesday in which he touts his fiscal record as governor in Massachusetts and argues the federal government should act more like a business — as he looks ahead to the state's winner-take-all contest early next month.