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Romney rolls out ad criticizing Obama on Medicare

Aug 14, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney's presidential campaign is telling seniors in a new television ad that President Barack Obama cut billions from Medicare to pay for his health care program.

An announcer in the ad, released Tuesday, tells older voters they paid into Medicare for years and that the ...

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Farm subsidies, FBI, air controllers face big cuts

Aug 14, 2012

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Come January, be prepared for fewer air traffic controllers, FBI agents, border patrol officers and park rangers, as well as lower farm and winter heating subsidies. Less meat might get inspected. Furloughs will likely sweep across the ...

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THE RACE: Romney may see an August bump, or two

Aug 14, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

Mitt Romney may get a boost from his choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate — and also from the upcoming Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

That would be welcome to a campaign that saw slippage to President Barack Obama by several ...

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VP pick rarely makes a difference in the race

Aug 14, 2012

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It happens every four years in the dog days of summer: The presidential candidate — both of them, in some years — picks a running mate.

There's the buildup, the rabid speculation about who's being considered, then the all-important rollout,

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Familiar foe: In Ryan, Obama sees twofold target

Aug 14, 2012

By BEN FELLER and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In his run for a second term, President Barack Obama had an opponent before he had an opponent: House Republicans. They shellacked him in the midterm elections, blocked much of his legislative agenda and pushed economic views ...

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Dems insist Romney quietly supports Ryan's budgets

Aug 13, 2012

By KASIE HUNT and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Led by President Barack Obama, Democrats claimed on Monday that Republican challenger Mitt Romney privately backs controversial plans to overhaul Medicare and cut trillions from social programs that his new vice ...

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In Iowa, Obama surprises fairgoers with a visit

Aug 13, 2012

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair wasn't on President Barack Obama's official schedule, but the lure of a beer and a pork chop may have been too much to pass up.

Obama's three-day tour of Iowa by bus made the unscheduled stop Monday at the state ...

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Biden calls Ryan policies 'irresponsible'

Aug 13, 2012

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden welcomed Republican Paul Ryan to the presidential race Monday with a blistering attack on GOP policies that Biden said would crush the middle class in order to benefit the rich.

In keeping with tradition as No. 2 on a ...

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Ryan traveled perilous budget path to VP spot

Aug 13, 2012

By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Ryan traveled a perilous route to political stardom. While other lawmakers nervously whistled past trillion-dollar deficits, fearing to cut popular programs, he waded in with a machete and a smile.

Ryan wants to slice away at Medicare, food ...

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Host for Romney event is a convicted drug dealer

Aug 13, 2012

By DAVID FISCHER, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Mitt Romney held a campaign event Monday evening at a Miami juice shop owned by a convicted cocaine trafficker.

Romney appeared at El Palacio de los Jugos, which is owned by Reinaldo Bermudez. Court records show that Bermudez pleaded guilty to one ...

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Mayo Clinic: Jackson has bipolar disorder

Aug 13, 2012

By SOPHIA TAREEN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a Chicago Democrat who took a hushed medical leave two months ago, is being treated for bipolar disorder, the Mayo Clinic announced Monday.

The Rochester, Minn.-based clinic specified his condition as Bipolar II, which ...

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At Iowa fair, Ryan criticizes Obama on economy

Aug 13, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — He talked about cow milking and demolition derby, but Rep. Paul Ryan's most pointed remarks Monday at the Iowa State Fair targeted President Barack Obama's economic leadership.

Facing thousands of cheering supporters lined along booths ...

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Romney won't volunteer budget differences

Aug 13, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Mitt Romney says there may be differences between his own budget plan and running mate Paul Ryan's, but he isn't volunteering any of them.

Instead, the Republican presidential candidate said Monday that he and his running mate are "on the same page."

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USDA buys meat to help drought-stricken farmers

Aug 13, 2012

By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government will buy up to $170 million worth of pork, lamb, chicken and catfish to help drought-stricken farmers, the White House said Monday as President Barack Obama brought his re-election campaign to rural voters in Iowa.

The purchase for ...

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Justice: UT affirmative action policy legal

Aug 13, 2012

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Monday threw its support behind the University of Texas' use of race as a standard in its admissions policies, asking the Supreme Court not to interfere with the consideration of racial preferences in college ...

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Romney: Gun laws are not the answer

Aug 13, 2012

MIAMI (AP) — Mitt Romney says gun laws are not the answer to the recent string of mass shootings.

Romney says it's not about the weapons used in the attacks, but about the individuals who choose to commit violence against others.

The Republican presidential candidate spoke hours after a police ...

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Ryan's Medicare plan would be tricky to pull off

Aug 13, 2012

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The idea behind Paul Ryan's Medicare plan is to slow growing costs and keep the program more affordable for the long haul.

But it's all in the details. The Republican-backed shift to private insurance plans could saddle future ...

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Boehner gives high marks to Romney VP pick Ryan

Aug 13, 2012

By JIM SUHR, Associated Press

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner hasn't forgotten the help he got from the Ohio college student who staked up the campaign signs during Boehner's first congressional run. Twenty years later, that student, Paul Ryan, is the Republican candidate ...

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Pro-Romney group spends $10M on new ad campaign

Aug 13, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group supporting Mitt Romney is spending more than $10 million on a new television advertisement criticizing President Barack Obama's handling of the economy.

The ad from the group Restore Our Future tells viewers there are even more ...

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CNN's Crowley to moderate Oct. presidential debate

Aug 13, 2012

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time in two decades, a woman has been tapped to moderate a presidential debate.

CNN's Candy Crowley will moderate one of three October debates between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the Commission on ...

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