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Paige Winfield Cunningham

Articles by Paige Winfield Cunningham

Republican Linda McMahon is joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as she campaigns in Waterbury, Conn., for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by independent Joe Lieberman. She had a slight lead over Rep. Christopher S. Murphy last month but now is trailing him by 6 points. (Associated Press)

A familiar fading feeling for McMahon in Connecticut

Republican Linda McMahon is hoping things will turn out differently this time around, but right now, her Connecticut U.S. Senate bid is starting to look a lot like the race she lost two years ago, when her September support melted away and she lost by 11 points. Published October 25, 2012

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks as he campaigns in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)

Romney’s bid to undo health law faces hurdles

If Mitt Romney wins the White House, he's much more likely to set up a series of roadblocks against President Obama's health care law than he is to wipe it off the books entirely or even block it by issuing waivers, as he's promised. Published October 24, 2012

Rep. Darrell E. Issa (AP photo)

Hill GOP presses Medicare probe

The House Republicans' top investigator has subpoenaed documents he thinks will prove the Obama administration is using a wasteful bonus program to cover up unpopular Medicare cuts until after the election. Published October 22, 2012

Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for President Obama's 2012 re-election bid, appears on CBS' "Face the Nation" in Washington on Friday, July 15, 2012. (AP Photo/CBS, Chris Usher)

Romney, Obama advisors butt heads over binders, Big Bird and “Romnesia”

With Barack Obama and Mitt Romney holed up in preparation for Monday night's third and final presidential debate, the two campaigns' top surrogates and advisers butted heads Sunday over Big Bird, Mr. Romney's "binders full of women" comment and a new word being used by the president on the campaign stump: "Romnesia." Published October 21, 2012

Challenger Elizabeth Warren and incumbent Sen. Scott Brown promised to donate to charity if any outside groups advertised on their behalf. Direct mail, phone banks and canvassing efforts are allowed. (Associated Press)

Outsiders abide by rules in Brown-Warren race

Interest groups are technically obeying an unusual effort to keep third-party advertising out of the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race — including one union that recently switched its Internet ads supporting Democrat Elizabeth Warren to ads supporting President Obama — but that hasn't stopped them from finding other ways to try to sway the marquee matchup. Published October 21, 2012

In this photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses a large group of Basij militia, during his tour in northeastern Iran, on Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. Iranian officials have made no secret about their desire to reopen nuclear talks with the U.S. and other world powers as economic sanctions dig deeper — with Iran's supreme leader even depicting his envoys as waiting at the negotiating table. (Associated Press)

Iran talks not set up, Obama’s camp says

The White House denied a report that it set up direct talks with Iran about its nuclear program, but that didn't halt a flurry of speculation Sunday. Published October 21, 2012

Scott Brown (Associated Press)

Warren, Brown poised to set Senate cash record

With a massive haul from July through September, Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren are nearing the record for the most expensive Senate race in history. Published October 16, 2012

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she made an “inadvertent error” when, on an official trip earlier this year, she urged an audience to vote of President Obama. (Associated Press)

GOP lawmaker accuses Sebelius of illicitly campaigning for Obama

The House Republicans' top investigator told President Obama on Tuesday to punish Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius for illegally campaigning on the job earlier this year, saying the White House has issued harsh penalties to others caught doing the same thing. Published October 16, 2012

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill makes a point about Republican challenger Rep. W. Todd Akin on Sept. 21 during their first debate in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri. A surge in GOP voter turnout in the past decade increases Mr. Akin’s chances of winning. Republicans also credit a strong evangelical faction and a shift in party preference by rural voters. (Associated Press)

GOP gains in Missouri over decade can aid Akin

The Republican Party has been so successful at increasing voter turnout in Missouri over the past 10 years or so that Rep. W. Todd Akin still could win his bid for the Senate, even after his stumbles in his race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. Published October 15, 2012

The Duggar clan (Scott Enlow)

Duggar clan to stump for Akin

Rep. W. Todd Akin, make room on your campaign platform — the Duggar family is on its way. Published October 12, 2012

Republican candidate for Senate Linda McMahon addresses her Democratic rival, Rep. Christopher S. Murphy, in an Oct. 7, 2012, debate in Rocky Hill, Conn. The two are vying for the seat from Connecticut being vacated by Sen. Joe Lieberman, an independent. Mrs. McMahon ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2010. (Associated Press)

For McMahon, WWE role wrestled to mat?

Voters in Connecticut aren't crazy about Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon's background as a top executive in the garish world of pro wrestling, but Democratic rival Rep. Christopher S. Murphy's three terms as a U.S. congressman may be even more damaging to him. Published October 8, 2012

“I applaud Mr. Landry’s efforts to seek the truth from AARP and encourage others to more fully scrutinize their deal with the White House as well,” said Rep. Phil Gingrey, Georgia Republican. (Associated Press)

AARP emphasizes nonpartisan stance

It was especially clear on Thursday that the AARP's work promoting President Obama's health care law has become a sticky wicket for the powerful senior citizen's lobby. Published October 4, 2012

Lanny Breuer

Authorities uncover $429 million in Medicare fraud

In a widespread crackdown on Medicare fraud, the Justice Department has charged 91 people with billing the federal insurance program $429 million in phony claims, officials said Thursday. Published October 4, 2012

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2008, file photo, a shopper walks toward the pharmacy at a Little Rock, Ark., Wal-Mart store. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

Report: People visiting doctors less often

Americans visit the doctor less than they did a decade ago, but — as is often the case in the complicated world of health care — it's unclear whether that's good or bad. Published October 1, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is traveling the country touting his plan that would allow seniors to receive vouchers to shop for private insurance. Two-thirds of voters 55 and older said in a survey that they prefer traditional Medicare over what Democrats call a “premium-support model.” (Associated Press)

Ryan’s Medicare plan falls flat with seniors

In choosing Rep. Paul Ryan as their vice presidential nominee, Republicans put his plans to overhaul Medicare front and center in the election campaign, but a poll released Thursday finds his proposal is not very popular with voters — especially among seniors, one of the key GOP voting blocs. Published September 27, 2012

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill walks off the stage with challengers Republican W. Todd Akin (left) and Libertarian Jonathan Dine after their debate in the Missouri Senate race in Columbia, Mo., on Sept. 21. (Associated Press)

GOP ‘stuck with’ Akin in Missouri

Rep. W. Todd Akin is now locked in as the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri after the deadline to withdraw passed this week, and a growing number of Republicans have started lining up behind him as their only option for holding on to the seat. Published September 26, 2012

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren won the endorsement of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts. She addressed a gathering outside a firehouse in Boston on Wednesday. Mrs. Warren is running against incumbent Republican Sen. Scott P. Brown. A recent poll show him with 20-point advantage among male voters. (Associated Press)

Male voter support boosts GOP candidates

Democrats outdo Republicans at convincing women to vote for them, but GOP candidates hold even larger advantages among men in several key Senate races — a flip side of the voting gender gap that favors Republicans but isn't often spoken of. Published September 26, 2012