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Romney says he looks forward to debates with Obama

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Mitt Romney said he was eager to go up against President Barack Obama in their three debates, beginning with Wednesday’s looming debut showdown in the political battleground of Colorado.

“I look forward to these debates…. It’ll be a conversation with the American people that will span almost an entire month,” the Republican nominee told a boisterous crowd of more than 5,000 Monday night at a Denver air and space museum.

Romney had touched down in the Rocky Mountain state two hours earlier, and will stay to undergo intensive final debate preparations.

Obama meanwhile is hunkered down in Nevada as he goes over last-minute strategizing and dusts off his mothballed debate skills.

Both camps have taken a page from traditional American politics and downplayed expectations around their candidate; Romney himself appeared to embrace the strategy Monday.

“There’s a lot of interest surrounding the debate, and people want to know who’s going to win, who’s going to score the punches and who’s going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make, and there’s going to be all this scoring of winning and losing,” Romney said.

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“You know, in my view it’s not so much winning and losing,” but about a grander vision for the country, he added.

“These debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for America that we would choose.”

Obama made similar statements Sunday, telling a Las Vegas crowd that the media has been speculating on “who is going to have the best zingers.”

“Governor Romney, he’s a good debater… I’m just okay,” Obama quipped.

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Romney said his policies would help millions more Americans find work or move up into the middle class.

“My priority is jobs. Jobs is job one in my administration,” he said.

Colorado is among about 10 swing states where voters will decide the November 6 election, and both candidates have campaigned extensively here.

“I believe that the people of Colorado will choose a better way for our country. We can’t afford four more years like the last four years,” Romney said, repeating a mantra of his campaign.

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While Wednesday’s debate is to focus on domestic issues, aides on Monday explained how Romney’s campaign was broadening out beyond the economy, in a suggestion that the challenger was not merely making the election a referendum on the Obama economy.

“For the last four years we’ve had a foreign policy led by a president who believes the strength of his personality is going to get people to do the right things,” Romney said.

“Well, we’ve seen fires burning in US embassies around the world,” he added, referring to violent unrest at the embassy in Cairo and then at the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left the US ambassador and three other Americans dead.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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Here are 10 women who wouldn’t be silenced in 2018

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It's been 26 years since the so-called "Year of the Woman," when a record number of women were elected to Congress in 1992. Four senators and 24 representatives were sent to Capitol Hill, following contentious Supreme Court hearings for then-nominee Clarence Thomas, who was accused by Anita Hill of sexual harassment.

On several levels, the themes of 1992 have made repeat, and amplified, appearances this year. The #MeToo movement became fully realized with women reclaiming and reframing their stories, as President Donald Trump, himself accused many times of sexual predator behavior settled further into the White House. Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, also accused of sexual assault, to the Supreme Court, and while Kavanaugh would go on to attain a seat on the highest court in the land, serial sexual predator and former beloved comedian Bill Cosby was sent to prison for the drugging and rape of Andrea Constand, only one of dozens of women who have spoken out against Cosby with credible accusations of assault.

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US ‘model soldier’ gets 25 years in prison for Islamic State support

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A U.S. Army sergeant described by former colleagues as a one-time “model soldier” was sentenced to 25 years in prison at a federal court in Hawaii on Tuesday after pleading guilty to providing material support to the Islamic State militant group, a local news outlet reported.

Ikaika Erik Kang, 35, agreed to a plea deal in August on four counts of breaking antiterrorism laws in which he accepted a proposed 25-year sentence.

Judge Susan Oki Mollway accepted the terms of the plea deal at Tuesday morning’s hearing, Hawaii’s KHON2 news channel reported. Kang told the court he knew what he did was wrong, KHON2 reported.

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