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A delegate from West Virginia holds a cigar during the Republican National Convention.

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A delegate from West Virginia holds a cigar during the Republican National Convention.

Cigars All Around: Teaching Moment

Worried about how Food and Drug Administration regulation of tobacco would affect its industry, the trade group for companies that produce hand-made premium cigars and the stores that sell them hired K&L Gates LLP to impress upon lawmakers the idea...

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Representative Paul Ryan speaking at the Republican National Convention.

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Representative Paul Ryan speaking at the Republican National Convention.

Ryan’s Tax Fairness `Left-Wing?’

Rep. Paul Ryan’s speech last night at the Republican National Convention drew raves from most conservatives. Larry Kudlow, a TV-talk show host and well-known devotee of supply-side economics, was disappointed when the Wisconsin Republican mentioned “tax fairness.” Kudlow calls that...

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Preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Preparation for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Weather Report: Sunny in Charlotte

President Barack Obama has had a lot of luck in his political life, including when it comes to convention speeches. There was the 2004 speech in Boston where he was plucked from relative obscurity by Senator John Kerry and instantly...

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Delegates from the state of Maine and supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul chant 'As Maine goes, so goes the Nation' after they staged a walkout at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Delegates from the state of Maine and supporters of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul chant 'As Maine goes, so goes the Nation' after they staged a walkout at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Paul Delegate: ‘Thumbs Up’ to ‘Underhanded’ Unseating Walk-Out

Ron Paul delegate Betty Jackson didn’t join yesterday’s Republican National Convention walkout by her fellow Paul supporters but “I gave them a thumbs up” because “I do understand their grievances” with the party establishment. The 100 or so Paul delegates...

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, talks with his son, George P. Bush.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, right, talks with his son, George P. Bush.

George P. Bush: Republicans Will Win on `Kitchen-Table Issues’

A George Bush from Texas held court in Tampa today. He isn’t a former president, but, given his lineage, he could be considered as a future one. And he may be in the right place for that. “We’re already a...

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Lanhee Chen, policy director for Mitt Romney.

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Lanhee Chen, policy director for Mitt Romney.

Romney Open to Deficit-Cut Capping Benefits From Tax Exemptions

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would consider an approach to cutting the U.S. deficit that would wring savings from the tax code by capping the total benefit taxpayers can receive from tax expenditures, according to Lanhee Chen, Romney’s policy director....

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President Barack Obama at a campaign event in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 29, 2012.

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President Barack Obama at a campaign event in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 29, 2012.

Obama Answers Questions from Campaign Finance Reform to Beer

The president answered ten questions from users of the social news website Reddit yesterday ranging from the mundane to the serious. The news from the interview, which the president did from Charlottesville, Virginia, at the end of a two-day campaign...

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A photograph of Mitt Romney at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Photograph by Damon Winter/The New York Times via Redux

A photograph of Mitt Romney at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Romney Takes Convention Time Out to Woo Donors in St. Petersburg

Updated 12:08 p.m. Mitt Romney took a break from speech prep today to mingle with top donors at an exclusive resort in St. Petersburg, across the bay from the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Romney’s most prolific fundraisers were told...

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