Gifts for attendees included time-and-temperature picture frames and drum sticks.
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Official says ad was "not meant to offend Mrs. Romney in any way."
Most top prospects lag.
House overwhelmingly passes bill requiring Obama to detail across-the-board budget cuts.
Members also mull agency efforts to deepen consultation before major decisions.
Budget cuts may stem the proliferation of multiple award vehicles.
GOP leaders try to avoid a messy debate before the elections.
The White House refutes the methodology of the Ernst and Young study.
Homeland Security cyber chief Mark Weatherford joins the FBI and Defense Department in the fight against hackers.
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