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Pa. Senate candidate compares abortion decisions

Aug 27, 2012

By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican candidate for Senate in Pennsylvania on Monday compared the decision to abort an unwanted pregnancy resulting from premarital sex to one conceived through rape as he defended his opposition to abortion in all cases.

Tom ...

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GOP convention protests in Tampa muted, small

Aug 27, 2012

By MIKE SCHNEIDER and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — There have been no speeches inside the convention hall and it's nearly as quiet outside, too.

So far, the protests have been muted and only two people have been arrested as of Monday night. That's in stark contrast to four ...

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A subdued start for GOP convention as Isaac surges

Aug 27, 2012

By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republicans staged a remarkably subdued opening to Mitt Romney's national convention Monday in the midst of a turbulent election year, wary of uncorking a glittery political celebration as Tropical Storm Isaac surged menacingly toward New Orleans ...

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Romney taps Portman to play Obama for debate prep

Aug 27, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is tapping Ohio Sen. Rob Portman to play the role of President Barack Obama during his debate preparation sessions this fall.

Republican officials said Monday that Portman, who listened to audio versions ...

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Top donors, lobbyists to schmooze with RNC guests

Aug 27, 2012

By BRIAN BAKST, JACK GILLUM and STEPHEN BRAUN, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Away from the televised political speeches and Mitt Romney's nomination at the Republican National Convention, energy, technology, transportation companies and others are hosting lavish parties for Republican ...

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GOP delegates keep busy despite Isaac delay

Aug 27, 2012

By BRIAN BAKST and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — No convention speeches Monday? No problem.

Republican delegates from Arkansas to Wisconsin didn't let a storm-shortened schedule spoil the party. They bounced from reception to reception, dishing with their friends and scooping ...

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GOP Chairman Says Party Needs to 'Prosecute' Obama

Aug 27, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The chairman of the Republican Party says the GOP needs to "prosecute the president," arguing that Barack Obama's offenses are a long list of promises unfulfilled.

Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) says Obama promised lower unemployment if ...

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Fight for women's vote defines presidential race

Aug 27, 2012

By NICHOLAS RICCARDI, Associated Press

ARVADA, Colo. (AP) — A nation at war, crippling joblessness and a looming budget standoff that could wreck the economy have been overshadowed in recent days by an issue that polls show doesn't even crack voters' lists of top 10 concerns: abortion.

Missouri ...

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Ryan gets hometown send-off before trip to Tampa

Aug 27, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A raucous crowd cheered native son Paul Ryan on Monday as he prepared to accept the Republican Party's vice presidential nomination. He pledged to take the values of his family's longtime hometown to the White House.

Ryan, a congressman ...

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US officials checking SEAL raid book for secrets

Aug 27, 2012

By KIMBERLY DOZIER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Monday that they are reviewing a copy of a soon-to-be-published account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, checking for leaks of classified information.

Pentagon spokesman George Little said Defense Department ...

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Happy now for tea party help, GOP faces challenges

Aug 27, 2012

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Republican Party that's showing its face to America this week is a restless institution that relies heavily on the uncompromising passions of tea partyers, anti-immigration activists and social conservatives. It's a potent but unruly ...

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Clooney aids Obama campaign with Geneva fundraiser

Aug 27, 2012

By JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — George Clooney headlined a fundraiser Monday that took in more than a half-million dollars for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign, the second dinner this year where the actor has turned his A-list magnetism into political gold.

Clooney ...

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SPIN METER: Debt clock has dual message

Aug 27, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — As Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus gaveled the party's convention to order Monday, he also set in motion a debt clock, a theatrical flourish designed to remind Americans just how rapidly the government's tide of red ink is mounting under President Barack Obama.

It may ...

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Republicans gavel open convention

Aug 27, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republicans have gaveled open their convention that will culminate with the nomination of Mitt Romney to be president.

Party Chairman Reince Priebus banged the gavel on an abbreviated Monday session as the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac forced the GOP to cram four days of ...

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THE RACE: Storm affecting plans for both parties

Aug 27, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

Isaac is blowing hard on the strategies of Republicans and Democrats alike, even though the strengthening tropical storm is skirting low-lying waterfront Tampa, Fla., where Republicans are struggling to get their national convention going so they can crown Mitt Romney ...

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WATCHING THE SHOW: Are conventions still relevant?

Aug 27, 2012

By MICHAEL ORESKES, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The conventional wisdom about national political conventions is that they have outlived their purpose.

Once, they were the place where the parties actually picked their candidates for president and vice president. But for at least 30 years ...

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Most Americans say the rich don't pay enough taxes

Aug 27, 2012

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the income gap between rich and poor widens, a majority of Americans say the growing divide is bad for the country and believe that wealthy people are paying too little in taxes, according to a new survey.

The poll released Monday by the Pew ...

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RNC chairman: Obama has not kept promises

Aug 27, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) says his party needs to remind voters that President Barack Obama has not kept his promise to improve the economy.

Priebus says Obama does a good job of giving speeches, but that doesn't change the fact that ...

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Romney hopes Gulf Coast spared major destruction

Aug 27, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney suggested Monday that he's not considering canceling the Republican National Convention even as New Orleans faces another powerful storm on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Asked Monday whether he had any message for the ...

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GOP: Show will go on in spite of storm's threat

Aug 26, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA and GARY FINEOUT, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tuesday's brunch with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and House Speaker John Boehner has been moved indoors. Schedules were rearranged to fill an open Monday evening. Sandbags were in place outside the hotel housing ...

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