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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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Romney accuses Obama of engaging in 'low' politics

Aug 26, 2012

By DAVID ESPO, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — His Republican National Convention curtailed by a threatened hurricane, Mitt Romney conceded Sunday that fresh controversy over rape and abortion is harming his party and he accused Democrats of trying to exploit it for political gain.

"It really ...

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Analysis: Akin row shows GOP's social-fiscal rift

Aug 26, 2012

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Every now and then, an event awakens the ever-slumbering tensions between the Republican Party's two core wings: social conservatives and corporate interests.

A Missouri congressman's comment about rape and pregnancy was one such moment,

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Romney faces balancing act with convention, storm

Aug 26, 2012

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With Tropical Storm Isaac bearing down on the Gulf Coast, Republicans left open the possibility of bigger changes to Mitt Romney's already-shortened convention, mindful of political awkwardness in celebrating while severe weather threatens ...

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Tampa streets not filled with GOP protesters

Aug 26, 2012

By TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — You can't see them. You can barely hear them over the din of the wind and rain swirling in the skies above from Tropical Storm Isaac. Protesters are here but it's highly unlikely they'll come close to crossing paths with Republicans for the ...

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Republican Convention schedule day by day

Aug 26, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Officials with the Republican National Convention have cut virtually all of the activities scheduled for Monday and compressed what was to be a four-day convention to three days, running Tuesday through Thursday. A look at the revised schedule (all times ...

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Romneys practice speeches at school auditorium

Aug 26, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, spent Sunday evening at a local high school auditorium rehearsing their speeches to the Republican National Convention.

The Romney campaign said the presumptive nominee ...

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Every 4 years, something more than just politics

Aug 26, 2012

By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — So much can change in four years.

Some 16 million babies have been born in the United States since 2008, the last year the Democrats and Republicans met to anoint their presidential nominees. Kids who were toddlers then are starting kindergarten ...

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Republicans shuffle schedule as Isaac threatens

Aug 26, 2012

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republicans will formally bestow their presidential nomination on Mitt Romney on Tuesday night, one day later than planned, officials announced Sunday as they revised the schedule for a national convention curtailed by the threat of Tropical ...

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Paul says his backers will 'become the GOP tent'

Aug 26, 2012

By BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Rep. Ron Paul, the plucky GOP presidential candidate yet to get fully behind Mitt Romney, lashed out Sunday at Republican efforts to marginalize his supporters at the upcoming party convention, telling a counter rally to stand firm because "we ...

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Priebus: Akin stay risks GOP control of Senate

Aug 26, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican National Party chair Reince Priebus says that Todd Akin's insistence on staying in the Missouri Senate race could cost the party its chance to win control of the Senate.

Priebus says Akin "should put the mission of liberty and freedom ahead of himself" and leave the ...

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Ann Romney has Secret Service protection

Aug 26, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney now has Secret Service agents assigned to her at all times. The move comes as her husband is set to formally receive the GOP presidential nomination later this week.

Mitt Romney has had Secret Service protection since ...

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Jeb Bush: Romney can connect with Americans

Aug 26, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's lead over Mitt Romney in polls over who connects better with the average American is only temporary because of the negative tone of the Democratic campaign, Jeb Bush said in an interview that aired Sunday.

The former Florida governor, whose brother and ...

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McCain: Romney must appeal to women, Hispanics

Aug 26, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain says Republican Mitt Romney has to sell his message about jobs and the economy to women and Hispanics this November if he is to win the presidential election.

McCain, who led an unsuccessful bid against President Barack Obama in 2008, said Romney has been at a ...

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Romney rolls out ad against Obama Medicare cuts

Aug 26, 2012

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is using Barack Obama's words from 2008 against him in a new ad about Medicare.

Romney's campaign on Sunday rolled out a television ad that quotes Obama in criticizing his 2008 rival for proposed cuts to the popular health plan for ...

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Obama-Romney race is focused on 7 states

Aug 26, 2012

By THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — On the eve of their national party conventions, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are locked in a close race to amass the requisite 270 Electoral College votes for victory. And the contest is exactly where it was at the start of the long, volatile ...

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AP Interview: Obama calls Romney's ideas 'extreme'

Aug 26, 2012

By BEN FELLER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Mitt Romney has locked himself into "extreme positions" on economic and social issues and would surely impose them if elected, trying to discredit his Republican rival at the biggest political moment of his life.

In an ...

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