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The campaign team hoping to get Mitt Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan elected spent twice as much as the Obama campaign on direct mail and telemarketing, paying tens of millions of dollars to two companies tied to Romney aides, a ploy that left the Republicans “exposed badly” on Election Day. (Associated Press)

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The campaign team hoping to get Mitt Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan elected spent twice as much as the Obama campaign on direct mail and telemarketing, paying tens of millions of dollars to two companies tied to Romney aides, a ploy that left the Republicans “exposed badly” on Election Day. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Dianne Feinstein (at right in light scarf) attends the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009. (J.M. Eddins, The Washington Times)

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In this Nov. 16, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama acknowledges House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio while speaking to reporters in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, as he hosted a meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral leadership of Congress to discuss the deficit and economy. A big coalition of business groups says there must be give-and-take in the negotiations to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of massive tax hikes and spending cuts. But the coalition also says raising tax rates is out of the question. The group doesnít care that President Barack Obama campaigned to raise tax rates on the rich. The same song is sung by groups representing retirees, colleges and countless others. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, center, followed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., leaves the White House the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, to speak to the media after meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the economy and the deficit. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, right, goes shopping at a small bookstore, One More Page, in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, right, goes shopping at a small bookstore, One More Page, in Arlington, Va., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands after speaking to the media at her residence in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Obama who touched down Monday morning, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Asian nation also known as Burma, said his historic visit to Myanmar marks the next step in a new chapter between the two countries. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama returns from a trip to Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia, on the Marine One helicopter on the East Lawn of the White House in Washington in the early morning on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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** FILE ** In this Nov. 19, 2012, photo, President Barack Obama "douses 11 flames" as he tours the Shwedagon Pagoda with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Yangon, Myanmar. Little noticed during Obama's landmark visit to Myanmar was a significant concession that could shed light on whether that nation's powerful military pursued a clandestine nuclear weapons program, possibly with North Korea's help. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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** FILE ** In this Nov. 19, 2012, photo, President Barack Obama "douses 11 flames" as he tours the Shwedagon Pagoda with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in Yangon, Myanmar. Little noticed during Obama's landmark visit to Myanmar was a significant concession that could shed light on whether that nation's powerful military pursued a clandestine nuclear weapons program, possibly with North Korea's help. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama meets with guest in the backyard of a private residence in Falls Church, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010, to discuss the Patient's Bill of Rights and health care reform. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Barack Obama leaves the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday,Nov. 14, 2012, following his first post election day news conference. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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U.S. President Barack Obama, center, arrives for the East Asian Summit Plenary Session at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. Walking in front of President Obama is Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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U.S. President Barack Obama, center, arrives for the East Asian Summit Plenary Session at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012. Walking in front of President Obama is Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands after speaking to the media at her residence in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Obama who touched down Monday morning, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Asian nation also known as Burma, said his historic visit to Myanmar marks the next step in a new chapter between the two countries. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he embraces Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after addressing the media at her residence in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Obama, who touched down Monday morning, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Asian nation also known as Burma, said his historic visit to Myanmar marks the next step in a new chapter between the two countries. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Obama (right) tours the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar, on Nov. 19, 2012. In a historic trip to a long shunned land, Obama showered praise and promises of more U.S. help to Myanmar if the Asian nation keeps building its new democracy. (Associated Press)

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands after speaking to the media at her residence in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Obama who touched down Monday morning, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Asian nation also known as Burma, said his historic visit to Myanmar marks the next step in a new chapter between the two countries. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands after speaking to the media at her residence in Yangon, Myanmar, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. Obama who touched down Monday morning, becoming the first U.S. president to visit the Asian nation also known as Burma, said his historic visit to Myanmar marks the next step in a new chapter between the two countries. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)