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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, speaks to the media during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, speaks to the media during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

Boehner Skeptical of Need for 4-Day Presidential Convention

House Speaker John Boehner suggested the four-day convention the two parties have traditionally held to showcase their presidential nominee may be outdated, given the proliferation of the national media. “These are very expensive propositions to put on,” Boehner told reporters...

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Tea Party member Carl Frederick at a rally for vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan at Miami University of Ohio on Aug. 15, 2012.

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Tea Party member Carl Frederick at a rally for vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan at Miami University of Ohio on Aug. 15, 2012.

Tea Party Revels in Ryan on Ticket

Tea Party activists are taking a special pride in Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan’s ascendance to the Republican presidential ticket. The decision by Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, to name 42-year-old Ryan as his vice presidential running mate “is an...

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan puts up a chart as he gives the GOP response to President Obama's budget submission for Fiscal Year 2012.

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan puts up a chart as he gives the GOP response to President Obama's budget submission for Fiscal Year 2012.

Ryan Nixed Debt Deal Romney Touts

Representative Paul Ryan was a pivotal figure in killing the 2010 Bowles-Simpson agreement, which Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney now holds out as a model for putting America’s fiscal house in order. The 18-member panel needed 14 votes to send a 10-year plan to...

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, center, and Sen. Christopher Coons, left, arrive for a news conference on the debt on Capitol Hill.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, center, and Sen. Christopher Coons, left, arrive for a news conference on the debt on Capitol Hill.

Democrats Ready to Risk ‘Cliff’ for Obama’s Taxes on Higher-Earners

Congressional Democrats have developed a get-tough strategy to try to force Republicans to go along with President Barack Obama’s call for higher taxes for the wealthiest Americans. If Republicans continue their opposition to more revenue from top earners, Democrats say, they...

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Seniors ask about the Medicare Drug Plan in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

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Seniors ask about the Medicare Drug Plan in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Medicare Attack Ads Echo, Wrong

Florida seniors will be living a “nightmare” because Senator Bill Nelson voted for $500 billion in Medicare cuts, the anonymous voice warns in the most-aired ad in his re-election race — a message repeated in similar spots targeting other Democrats...

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Sister Simone Campbell, right, executive director of Network, with Sister Lorraine Schmaltz, of Ames, Iowa, during a stop on the first day of a nine-state Nuns on the Bus tour on June 18, 2012.

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Sister Simone Campbell, right, executive director of Network, with Sister Lorraine Schmaltz, of Ames, Iowa, during a stop on the first day of a nine-state Nuns on the Bus tour on June 18, 2012.

‘Nuns on the Bus’ Takes on Ryan Budget Supporters

A group of Roman Catholic nuns is on a bus tour of nine states to highlight their opposition to House Republican Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget plan that cuts programs benefiting the poor including Medicaid and food stamps. The...

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