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Daily Archives: August 13, 2012

President Barack Obama gets a beer and a pork chop as he visits the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 13, 2012 during an unannounced stop on his three-day campaign bus tour.

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President Barack Obama gets a beer and a pork chop as he visits the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, on August 13, 2012 during an unannounced stop on his three-day campaign bus tour.

Four More Beers, Iowan Tells Obama

The president missed The Butter Cow. He missed the Chocolate Moose. Following Republican Paul Ryan at the Iowa State Fair today, President Barack Obama missed the winner of the 2012 big boar contest, Reggie, @ 1,335 pounds. But he did...

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Elderly Memphians gather up pamphlets and contact information before a town hall meeting set up by State Senator Jim Kyle. The meeting was organized to help connect seniors with various state organizations that can help answer questions about Medicare, senior center programs, and other retirement concerns.  

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Elderly Memphians gather up pamphlets and contact information before a town hall meeting set up by State Senator Jim Kyle. The meeting was organized to help connect seniors with various state organizations that can help answer questions about Medicare, senior center programs, and other retirement concerns.  

Medicare: Truth Behind the `Cuts’

The fundraising committee charged with electing Republicans to the U.S. House plans to campaign against reductions in Medicare costs for which most of their members voted. “We want this fight,” said Mike Shields, political director for the National Republican Congressional...

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Hecklers are removed as Rep. Paul Ryan speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Aug. 13, 2012.

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Hecklers are removed as Rep. Paul Ryan speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Aug. 13, 2012.

Ryan’s Iowa-Fair Welcome: Hecklers

Paul Ryan, the congressman from Wisconsin and House Budget Committee chairman, made a debut as running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the Iowa State Fair today. It was a raucous one. He was heckled at the fair’s...

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan works with Republican members of the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington before introducing his "Path to Prosperity" debt-reduction plan.

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan works with Republican members of the committee on Capitol Hill in Washington before introducing his "Path to Prosperity" debt-reduction plan.

House Budget: A Document Where Big Ideas Often Go to Die

“House Budget Committee Chairman” may sound like a top-tier power position to people outside the Beltway. Insiders know the committee as something much different: a place where nothing important happens very often. However, Paul Ryan’s addition to the Republican presidential...

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Fair goers walk past the butter sculpture during the opening day of the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 11, 2011, in Des Moines.

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Fair goers walk past the butter sculpture during the opening day of the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 11, 2011, in Des Moines.

Mooo-ve Over, Butter Cow — the Chocolate Moose is in Iowa’s House

The Butter Cow is so passe. Now, the Chocolate Moose, with apologies to the French, that’s a show-stopper. As the president and his rival party’s vice presidential contender converge at the Iowa State Fair this week — Republican Paul Ryan...

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Sarah Palin in The Woodlands, Texas.

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Sarah Palin in The Woodlands, Texas.

Palin Won’t Take Convention Podium

Mitt Romney’s convention planners may be breathing a sigh of relief today — the question of what to do about Sarah Palin no longer confronts them. The polarizing 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee issued a statement last night to her...

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President Barack Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, third from left, with the McIntosh family during a stop at their farm to speak about the drought in Missouri Valley, Iowa, on Aug. 13, 2012.

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President Barack Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, third from left, with the McIntosh family during a stop at their farm to speak about the drought in Missouri Valley, Iowa, on Aug. 13, 2012.

Obama Ties Ryan to Farm Bill Stalled in Congress, Romney to the Rich

President Barack Obama campaigned in Council Bluffs, Iowa, today with a little pop at his Republican rivals. ”Too many members of Congress” are standing in the way of a farm bill, Obama said, noting that Mitt Romney’s running mate, Rep....

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A supporter holds a photo of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at the Waukesha County Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Wisconsin.

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A supporter holds a photo of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at the Waukesha County Expo Center on August 12, 2012 in Wisconsin.

Ryan Finds Little Enthusiasm in Polls

The first numbers are out and it appears that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s choice of U.S. Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate is not a game changer. A slim plurality of Americans weren’t moved by Republican Mitt...

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Candy Crowley, CNN veteran newswoman, in Bethesda, MD.

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Candy Crowley, CNN veteran newswoman, in Bethesda, MD.

Presidential Debates: Moderators On

Jim Lehrer, Martha Raddatz, Candy Crowley and Bob Schieffer will be the moderators of this year’s presidential and vice presidential debates, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced today. Lehrer, executive editor of the PBS NewsHour, will anchor the first debate,...

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