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  • Dems seek to exploit advantage on foreign policy

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Democrats sought to push foreign policy, one of President Barack Obama’s strengths, to the forefront of the White House campaign Sunday, casting Republican Mitt Romney as …


  • Romney campaign defends omission of war talk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney’s campaign is defending the Republican presidential nominee’s decision to make no mention of the politically unpopular 11-year-old war in Afghanistan in his speech last week …


  • Ex-Obama advisers seek health care cost control

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of President Barack Obama’s former advisers are proposing major changes aimed at controlling health care costs as political uncertainty hovers over his health law. Call it …


  • In Florida, Medicare is not a senior-only issue

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For Bruce Cargill, an 87-year-old retiree, Medicare is a “glorious program” that, along with Social Security, keeps millions of older Americans out of poverty. …


  • Romney, Obama trade jabs as Dem convention looms

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney cast President Barack Obama as a failed coach of a struggling team as he sought to capitalize on momentum coming out of his …


  • Obama turns to technology during convention

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When the Democratic Party’s national convention opens this week, President Barack Obama’s target audience won’t be in the crowd. It will be the small sliver of …


  • As Isaac pushes north, Gulf Coast slowly recovers

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As the remnants of Hurricane Isaac pushed their way up the Mississippi valley on Saturday, spinning off severe thunderstorms and at least four tornadoes, some on …


  • Obama to try to make case for sticking with him

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Don’t expect President Barack Obama to try to reinvent himself next week at the Democratic Party’s national convention. Instead, he and a slew of his defenders …


  • Fiery Obama embarks on march to the Dem convention

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama lampooned the just-completed Republican National Convention as better-suited to an era of black-and-white TV and ” trickle-down, you’re on your own” economics Saturday, …


  • Isaac renews old debate about Louisiana levees

    IRONTON, La. (AP) — When Hurricane Isaac whirled into the Gulf Coast this week, the federal levee system protecting New Orleans did its job. But the patchwork of floodwalls shielding …


  • First since ‘52: No talk of war in GOP speech

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With America embroiled in its longest armed conflict, Mitt Romney became the first Republican since 1952 to accept his party’s nomination without mentioning war. Three election cycles …


  • Romney homestretch game plan: jobs, jobs, jobs

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — His convention behind him, Mitt Romney enters the campaign homestretch with a singular goal: convince Americans disappointed with President Barack Obama that the Democrat is to …


  • FACT CHECK: Romney’s deficit vow lacks specifics

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney promised he would cut deficits and put America on track to a balanced budget as president, but he left voters to take it on faith …


  • Romney accepts nomination, focuses on adding jobs

    TAMPA, Fla. — Republican Mitt Romney has a message for the millions of Americans who voted for Democratic President Barack Obama: It’s OK to be disappointed. Romney used the biggest …


  • AP PHOTOS: Flooding from Isaac plagues Louisiana

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A highway lost under water. A levee intentionally breached to alleviate flooding. People riding ATVs through flooded streets. Here are some aerial images of the effects …


  • GOP’s final night is about telling Romney’s story

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When Mitt Romney addresses the Republican convention Thursday night, he’ll do it from a stage that puts him a little bit closer to the crowd inside …


  • GOP calls for broader gun rights, unlimited clips

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republicans have strengthened the pro-gun-rights portion of their party platform, including a new call for unlimited bullet capacities in guns, in a defiant response to criticism …


  • Obama: GOP could cooperate more in second term

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama says his re-election might help end the political stalemate in Washington, much like “popping a blister.” In an interview with Time magazine, Obama …


  • Ryan’s night: Accepts ‘calling of my generation’

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Seizing the campaign spotlight, vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan accepted “the calling of my generation” to help lead the country in tough times Wednesday night and …


  • Romney, Ryan bound by substance, differ in style

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — They’re the political world’s newest odd couple: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are bound by substance, but differ dramatically in style. The running mates share a …


  • FACT CHECK: Convention speakers stray from reality

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sounding the keynote for his party’s national convention, Chris Christie promised that GOP nominee Mitt Romney will lay out for the American people the painful budget cuts …


  • Isaac - when government aid is not largesse

    WASHINGTON (AP) — At their convention, Republican leaders are taking the stage to push for less government and accuse President Barack Obama of profligate spending. About 500 miles away, under …


  • Romney still struggles to attract Latino voters

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It may have been a partisan barb from a Democrat, but Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s pointed criticism of the array of Hispanic speakers at the …


  • Democrats to stress Obama national security record

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats plan to emphasize President Barack Obama’s record on national security and veterans on the night he delivers his address at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, …


  • Obama team launches critique of Ryan before speech

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Even before Paul Ryan takes the stage at the Republican convention, President Barack Obama’s campaign is seeking to cast the GOP running mate as “out …


  • Republican convention is in full-throated roar

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With the Republican National Convention at last in full-throated roar, nominee Mitt Romney and his team reached out Wednesday to connect with critical voting groups — …


  • Romney joins wife, Ann, on state at GOP convention

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Newly nominated Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is appearing for the first time at the Republican National Convention, striding on stage to hug and kiss his …


  • With choreographed conventions, is something lost?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As Chris Christie’s moment at the microphone neared, delegates to the Republican National Convention were atwitter at the chance to hear the New Jersey governor speak. After …


  • GOP convention not boom for Tampa merchants

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Streets in the heart of downtown are eerily quiet, key intersections blocked off. Even the best restaurants are easy to get into without a reservation or …


  • Christie’s blunt style tested in convention speech

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With a rowdy fist-pump, blunt and brash New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lit a fire Tuesday night under the Republican National Convention, labeling Democratic President Barack …

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