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Daily Archives: August 27, 2012

Republican Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. candidate Tom Smith.

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Republican Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. candidate Tom Smith.

Pennsylvania Republican Likens Rape Pregnancy to Out-of-Wedlock One

Another Republican Senate candidate has waded into the contentious issue of pregnancy caused by rape, comparing the birth decision to be made in such cases to whether a child conceived out of wedlock should be aborted. The comments by Tom Smith, who...

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Rick Santorum greets supporters during a primary night campaign rally April 3, 2012 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Mars, Pennsylvania.

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Rick Santorum greets supporters during a primary night campaign rally April 3, 2012 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in Mars, Pennsylvania.

Romney Campaign Pushes Santorum Speech, Welfare Message

Mitt Romney’s campaign is doing something that would have been unthinkable earlier this year: pushing the message former rival Rick Santorum is going to deliver in his conventions speech tomorrow night. Russ Schriefer, a Romney strategist, pointed reporters on a...

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Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus speaks to delegates during an abbreviated session the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 27, 2012.

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Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus speaks to delegates during an abbreviated session the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 27, 2012.

House Republicans May Gain Seats in November, Strategists Say

Even after a watershed 2010 election gave House Republicans their biggest majority since the 1940s, party strategists think they can augment their numbers in the Nov. 6 election even as history points to a contraction. “I think a lot of...

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Demonstrators at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa on Aug. 27, 2012.

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Demonstrators at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa on Aug. 27, 2012.

Americans More Interested in Platforms Than Speeches

Some sobering news today for soon-to-be-Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, counting on his acceptance speech to introduce himself to voters who are just now starting to pay attention to the race. A poll by the Pew Research Center for the...

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Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was convicted in 2006 on charges of fraud, corruption and conspiracy, speaks at Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, in Washington, on Feb. 6, 2012.

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Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was convicted in 2006 on charges of fraud, corruption and conspiracy, speaks at Public Citizen, a consumer rights advocacy group, in Washington, on Feb. 6, 2012.

Convicted Ex-Lobbyist Abramoff Attends RNC to Offer Ethics Advice

The Republican National Convention offers delegates and elected officials not only the chance to rub elbows with lobbyists, but also with at least one convicted ex-lobbyist. Jack Abramoff is in Tampa. He arrived yesterday — flying into town first class —...

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Supporters at a campaign event with President Barack Obama at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 21, 2012.

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Supporters at a campaign event with President Barack Obama at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, on Aug. 21, 2012.

Romney’s ‘Re-Do:’ Obama-Rated `N’

President Barack Obama’s campaign doesn’t want to cede the spotlight this week, yet with Tropical Storm Isaac scuttling plans at the Republican National Convention in Tampa and elsewhere, Democrats have scurried to determine how best to get out their economic...

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A volunteer waits to receive credentials for President Barak Obama's acceptance speech during Charlotte's Democratic Convention at a campaign field office in Raleigh, N.C., on Aug. 23, 2012.

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A volunteer waits to receive credentials for President Barak Obama's acceptance speech during Charlotte's Democratic Convention at a campaign field office in Raleigh, N.C., on Aug. 23, 2012.

Obama Leads Romney in Florida — Site of the Republican Convention

When Mitt Romney arrives in Florida later this week for the Republican National Convention, he’ll land slightly behind in the biggest swing state of all, a new poll shows A CNN/TIME/ORC International poll released today shows President Barack Obama leading...

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Delegates watch campaign videos of presidential candidate Mitt Romney after the chairman of the Republican National Convention (RNC) Reince Priebus gaveled the convention to order at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Delegates watch campaign videos of presidential candidate Mitt Romney after the chairman of the Republican National Convention (RNC) Reince Priebus gaveled the convention to order at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Small Business 101: Buddy Brew

Small business is booming at the Republican National Convention. That’s Dave and Susan Ward’s Buddy Brew, to be specific. Their homegrown Tampa beanery has claimed perhaps the best seat in the Tampa Convention Center adjoining the RNC’s convention arena as...

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RNC Chairman Reince Priebus bangs the gavel to start the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 27, 2012.

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RNC Chairman Reince Priebus bangs the gavel to start the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 27, 2012.

Republican Convention, Open, Shut

How short it was. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus gaveled the party’s national convention to order, and just as quickly gaveled it shut. Because of Tropical Storm Isaac, which since has spun far off into the Gulf of Mexico...

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