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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Weekend Word: Tactics

Today's Times

  • Executives at several major companies have sent letters or information packets to employees suggesting how they should vote, some saying that if President Obama gets re-elected, the company's future would be harmed and employees' jobs could be in jeopardy, Steven Greenhouse reports.
  • Mitt Romney's campaign is aggressively tapping into the anger of Virginia's coal miners, who are upset by President Obama's environmental policies, Michael D. Shear reports. Similar strategies have been echoed all across battleground states, hoping to offset Mr. Obama's equally tough campaign to win over women.
  • Jonathan Weisman takes a look at some of the bizarre twists and turns in House races that have have generally flown under the radar. A continued Republican majority is all but certain, but what the races lack in suspense, they make up for in color.
  • Though he has raised money and worked as a campaign surrogate for his father, Tagg Romney says he has no interest in working in a Romney administration and no intention of carrying on the political tradition that began with his grandfather George Romney, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Ashley Parker write.

 Weekly Address

  • President Obama used his weekly address to talk about new consumer protection initiatives set in place by his administration. “That means making sure you've got all the information you need to make important financial decisions like buying a home or paying for college,” he said. “And it means going after anyone who tries to take advantage of you, or rip you off. Starting this month, that includes the folks who come up with your credit score.” Consumerfinance.gov/complaint is now available for anyone who feels that a credit score complaint has not been properly addressed.  “The same procedure will apply for bank accounts, student loans and mortgages,” he said. “Their only mission is to fight for you,” Mr. Obama said. “And when needed, they'll take action.”

 Happenings in Washington

  • The Marine Corps Marathon will host a one-mile fun Run for 4,000 children on Saturday, hoping to set the Guinness World Record for the most people to ever run 100 meters in 24 hours.
  • The 37th Marine Corps Marathon will kick off on Sunday.