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  • Democrats are going after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by saying he is hiding the true political agenda he would pursue if elected president. They say he been all over the map on the issues and has exhibited a "penchant for secrecy." (Associated Press)

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  • D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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