President Barack Obama faced the press in his first formal news conference since March. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had harsh words for the ongoing deficit talks, regrading the contentious negotiations as nothing more than "a parody.". On the election front, Democratic and Republican outside spending groups are battling in a proxy war on the airwaves ahead of 2012.
All of that and more in your day in politics news.
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