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Obama raises Ryan stature, tears down his policies

Aug 17, 2012

By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, gets these glowing testimonials on the campaign trail: "An articulate spokesperson for Gov. Romney's vision." ''A serious guy with serious ideas." Those are the appraisals from none other than Barack Obama ...

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Obama campaign makes tax offer to Romney team

Aug 17, 2012

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's campaign offered Mitt Romney a deal: If he releases a total of five years of tax returns, Obama's team won't criticize him for not releasing any more. Romney's campaign quickly rejected the offer.

Obama's campaign manager ...

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THE RACE: Medicare and Romney taxes rise as issues

Aug 17, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

The weak economy and high unemployment concern Americans the most, polls show. Yet much of the political heat generated lately has been over Medicare and Mitt Romney's tax returns.

Polls aside, neither issue seems likely to go away.

Medicare became a hot topic when ...

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Wisconsin center of Republican wave

Aug 17, 2012

By BRIAN BAKST and SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans seem to have it all.

Native son Paul Ryan is Mitt Romney's running mate. Gov. Scott Walker is a national conservative hero after surviving a recall vote. Former Gov. Tommy Thompson is vying to capture an ...

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Liz Cheney says move to Wyoming not about politics

Aug 17, 2012

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Liz Cheney says her recent move to Wyoming wasn't motivated by politics.

The daughter of former vice president Dick Cheney and her family moved from Virginia to Jackson Hole earlier this year. She's also been making the rounds at Republican events around Wyoming, raising ...

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Fake followers newest ploy, accusation in politics

Aug 17, 2012

By MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Forget ballot box irregularities. There's a virtual dust-up under way over how Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney amassed more than 100,000 new Twitter followers in just one weekend.

It may seem trivial, but not to social ...

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Paul Ryan's ideas nurtured by top conservatives

Aug 17, 2012

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Ryan's mentors have included some of the biggest conservative names of recent decades, among them Jack Kemp and Bill Bennett.

Yet the ideological roots of Mitt Romney's vice presidential running mate, including his emphasis on individual ...

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Ryan's hometown and the route back to prosperity

Aug 17, 2012

By BRIAN BAKST and TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A defining moment for Paul Ryan's hometown came at the height of the Great Recession: General Motors, after nearly a century of making Chevrolets on the banks of the Rock River, shut down its oldest assembly plant and ...

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Ryan says he did seek economic stimulus money

Aug 17, 2012

By JACK GILLUM and SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Thursday reversed course and acknowledged lobbying the government for millions of dollars in economic stimulus money after twice denying he had done so.

The Wisconsin congressman ...

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Young immigrants may find college elusive

Aug 17, 2012

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Araceli Cortes had made up her mind: After being brought to the U.S. as a child, graduating from high school and attending some college in California, she was going to return to Mexico to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.

She quit her job,

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Colo. shooting prompts gun bills in big states

Aug 16, 2012

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic leaders in three big states have used this summer's mass shooting in Colorado to push bills that would crack down on assault weapons and ammunition sales, rekindling a debate that has not gained much traction in Congress or on ...

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Ryan's hometown and the route back to prosperity

Aug 16, 2012

By BRIAN BAKST and TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — A defining moment for Paul Ryan's hometown came at the height of the Great Recession: General Motors, after nearly a century of making Chevrolets on the banks of the Rock River, shut down its oldest assembly plant and ...

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Romney: Never paid less than 13 percent in taxes

Aug 16, 2012

By CHARLES BABINGTON and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

GREER, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney declared Thursday he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the past decade, offering that new detail while still decrying a "small-minded"

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Medicare costs too much, but how to rein it in?

Aug 16, 2012

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney agree there has to be a limit to how much seniors pay for Medicare, but they're worlds apart on how to make that happen.

You wouldn't know it from the accusations they hurl on ...

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Biden vs Ryan: No. 2s key in White House campaign

Aug 16, 2012

By MATTHEW DALY and STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Paul Ryan likes exercise, budget charts and the Green Bay Packers. Joe Biden likes train rides, foreign policy and talking — a lot.

In some ways, these presidential ticket No. 2s could not be more different. They are separated in ...

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Big-name no-shows for the GOP, Dem conventions

Aug 16, 2012

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sarah Palin and George W. Bush won't be in Tampa, Fla. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Al Gore won't make the trip to Charlotte, N.C. And scores of other Republican and Democratic stars are taking a pass as their parties gather for this year's ...

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Reid to Romney: Show us the tax returns

Aug 16, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid isn't taking Mitt Romney's word on whether the Republican presidential candidate paid income taxes.

In a statement Thursday, Reid's spokesman, Adam Jentleson, says that until Romney releases his tax returns for several years, people will continue ...

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Ryan on Medicare Cut: Obama Did it First

Aug 16, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — Republican vice presidential contender Paul Ryan says he never would have included a $700 billion Medicare cut in his budget if President Barack Obama hadn't done it first.

"He put those cuts there," Ryan said Thursday, responding to a ...

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THE RACE: Road rage on this year's campaign trail

Aug 16, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

A little road rage has entered the campaign trail.

The presidential race has heated to a boil since Mitt Romney chose Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate last weekend, producing a series of harsh exchanges between candidates.

"Mr. President, take your ...

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Romney says he's paid taxes every year

Aug 16, 2012

GREER, S.C. (AP) — Mitt Romney says he's never paid less than 13 percent of his income in taxes during the past decade.

Romney told reporters Thursday that Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's claim that Romney paid no taxes in some years is, quote, "totally false." Reid has claimed it ...

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