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YouTube launches presidential campaign live stream

Aug 22, 2012

By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — YouTube has launched a dedicated presidential campaign channel that will feature live streaming video from the two parties' conventions and upcoming nationally televised debates as well as video content generated by a range of news and information ...

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Akin Won't Quit Senate Race

Aug 22, 2012

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rep. Todd Akin defied the nation's top Republicans and refused to abandon a Senate bid that has been hobbled by fallout over his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."

Akin took his message to ...

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Romney pushes on with discredited welfare attacks

Aug 22, 2012

By JULIE PACE, Associated Press

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Mitt Romney claims he's got a winner with his criticism that President Barack Obama is giving welfare recipients a free ride. Never mind that aspects of his argument against the Democrat are factually inaccurate.

Those flaws aside, Romney's ...

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GOP platform draft at odds with Romney on abortion

Aug 21, 2012

By TAMARA LUSH and THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A GOP committee outlined a party platform Tuesday with positions on key social and entitlement issues far more strict than the presidential candidate they plan to nominate next week.

The platform panel of the Republican ...

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Obama criticizes Romney over college assistance

Aug 21, 2012

By JIM KUHNHENN and PHILIP ELLIOTT, Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) — President Barack Obama accused rival Mitt Romney of being oblivious to the burdens of paying for college on Tuesday, telling young voters in battleground Ohio that his opponent's education policies amount to nothing more than ...

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Special operators to anti-Obama groups: zip it

Aug 21, 2012

By KIMBERLY DOZIER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of retired special operations and CIA officers who claim President Barack Obama revealed secret missions and turned the killing of Osama bin Laden into a campaign centerpiece are coming under criticism from some of their own.

Some ...

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Tropical Storm Isaac on GOP convention radar

Aug 21, 2012

By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters cast a wary eye Tuesday on Tropical Storm Isaac, which was looming in the Atlantic Ocean and poses a potential threat to Florida during next week's Republican National Convention in Tampa.

It's much too early to say with any certainty ...

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Mo. congressman defies GOP leaders to stay in race

Aug 21, 2012

By DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rep. Todd Akin defied the nation's top Republicans Tuesday and forged ahead with his besieged Senate bid, declaring the party was overreacting to his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape" and ...

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Biden: Wall St. reform critics 'squealing pigs'

Aug 21, 2012

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden, who will be in Florida as Republicans gather to nominate their presidential ticket, on Tuesday compared GOP critics of the Obama administration's Wall Street reforms to "squealing pigs."

Biden's comments showed he has ...

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Romney raising cash from traditionally Dem cities

Aug 21, 2012

By JACK GILLUM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is out-fundraising President Barack Obama by impressive margins, is attracting thousands of donors this summer from traditionally Democratic areas of the United States, collecting millions of ...

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Paul adds delegates in Louisiana compromise

Aug 21, 2012

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ron Paul picked up more delegates to the Republican National Convention Tuesday after his supporters reached a compromise over disputed delegates from Louisiana.

The Texas congressman will get 17 of the Louisiana's 46 delegates in the ...

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A US ally, Ethiopian leader Meles Zenawi dies

Aug 21, 2012

By JASON STRAZIUSO and KIRUBEL TADESSE, Associated Press

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Meles Zenawi, Ethiopia's long-time ruler and a major U.S. counter-terrorism ally who is credited with economic gains but blamed for human rights abuses, died of an undisclosed illness after not being seen in his ...

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Biden to be in Tampa as GOP convention opens

Aug 21, 2012

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is planning to be in Tampa, Fla., next week as Republicans open their presidential nominating convention in the city.

An Obama campaign announcement on Tuesday said Biden will be attending events in Florida on Monday ...

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Romney says Akin should exit Missouri Senate race

Aug 21, 2012

By KASIE HUNT, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling on Republican Todd Akin to abandon his Senate bid in Missouri following the congressman's comments about rape.

Romney on Tuesday pointed to a statement from a group of current and former ...

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Peace Corps chief Williams quitting

Aug 21, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams is leaving his post after three years as head of the international volunteer agency.

An agency announcement said Williams cited "personal and family considerations" in his letter of resignation to President Barack Obama.

Williams told Obama he ...

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Georgetown student to speak at Dem convention

Aug 21, 2012

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic official says Sandra Fluke will try to solidify President Barack Obama's support among women during a speech next month at the Democratic National Convention.

Fluke is the Georgetown University student who gained notoriety after ...

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Romney opening up _ a little _ about his religion

Aug 21, 2012

By RACHEL ZOLL, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Mitt Romney is starting to open up a bit more about his lifelong commitment to Mormonism and his lay leadership in the church, following pleas from backers who say that talking about his faith could help him overcome his struggles to connect with ...

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UK lawmaker criticized over Assange rape comments

Aug 21, 2012

By DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Two lawmakers on different sides of the Atlantic were lambasted by women's rights campaigners and colleagues on Tuesday after making contentious comments about rape.

British lawmaker George Galloway was chastised by the leader of his own political ...

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THE RACE: Obama and Romney in a fundraising sprint

Aug 21, 2012

By TOM RAUM, Associated Press

For now, vice presidential contender Paul Ryan is being dispatched to big battleground states while GOP ticket leader Mitt Romney is doing a pre-convention flurry of fundraisers, often in states where his presence probably won't make much difference in November ...

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GOP delegates want tough talk at convention

Aug 21, 2012

By DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans heading to their party convention are eager to hear an earful about the shortcomings of President Barack Obama's record, the woeful U.S. economy and the competing visions of the two presidential candidates. What they aren't looking ...

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