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New TV ad features disenchanted Obama backers

Aug 14, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent group is spending $7 million on television ads in which former supporters of Barack Obama explain why they won't vote to re-elect him.

Three voters in the 60-second ad from Americans for Prosperity say they voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but now criticize him for ...

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Candidates play to local issues when on the road

Aug 14, 2012

By KASIE HUNT and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — The economy, economy, economy, right? Not always in this presidential election.

For some voters in pivotal states, issues such as wind energy tax credits or coal-industry jobs may win the day. Both President Barack Obama and ...

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Ryan: GOP ticket to wait to disclose tax specifics

Aug 14, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says he and Mitt Romney will wait until after they're elected to disclose what tax loopholes they plan to get rid of.

Ryan tells Fox News that — quote — "that is something that we think we should do in the light of day, through ...

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Calif. Congressman Cardoza announces resignation

Aug 14, 2012

By TRACIE CONE, Associated Press

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic Congressman Dennis Cardoza, whose growing dislike for Washington politics was a factor in his decision not to seek re-election, announced Tuesday that he won't even finish out his term.

The representative serving Modesto, Stockton ...

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Report: Obama's campaign more wired than Romney's

Aug 14, 2012

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new report says President Barack Obama has an advantage over Republican Mitt Romney when it comes to reaching voters online.

The Pew Research Center says Obama has been more aggressive about communicating through digital and social media ...

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Ryan's wife comes from storied Okla. Dem. family

Aug 14, 2012

By ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press

MADILL, Okla. (AP) — Like her husband, Janna Ryan, the wife of Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, is a Washington veteran after years working as a legislative staffer, attorney and lobbyist. Now a stay-at-home mom, she comes from a family rooted ...

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Romney blocks media from Ryan's 1st Vegas funder

Aug 14, 2012

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Mitt Romney's campaign is blocking reporters from covering GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's first meeting with donors in Las Vegas.

Tuesday night's event at The Venetian hotel is expected to draw casino owner and Republican mega-donor ...

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Rentals mean quick cash during conventions

Aug 14, 2012

By MITCH WEISS and TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — For Dustin Read, the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Charlotte seemed like a surefire way to make extra money.

An estimated 35,000 people — from delegates and journalists to scores of protesters and police — will ...

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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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