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  • Ark. GOP calls candidates’ statements ‘offensive’

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Republicans tried to distance themselves Saturday from a Republican state representative’s assertion that slavery was a “blessing in disguise” and a Republican state House …


  • Judge tosses Montana campaign finance limits

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday struck down Montana’s campaign contribution limits as unconstitutional, a decision that comes less than a month before Election Day and marks …


  • Court won’t hear anti-gay marriage group appeal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a national anti-gay marriage group that tried to thwart Maine’s campaign disclosure law requiring it to …


  • Gay couples may get reprieve in deportation cases

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Department of Homeland Security is planning to issue a policy memo stating that illegal immigrants with American same-sex partners are eligible to have their deportations …


  • Democrats say House should return to work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Democrats lingering behind in Washington as fellow lawmakers campaign for re-election are demanding that Congress return immediately to confront a potential financial crisis. Democratic Congressmen. Chris …


  • Voter registration problems widening in Florida

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — What first appeared to be an isolated problem in one Florida county has now spread statewide, with election officials in nine counties informing prosecutors or state …


  • Obama gaining in battleground state contributions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing impressive momentum, President Barack Obama raised more in high-dollar contributions than Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the last two months in 10 of 11 battleground …


  • Partisan Dems, GOP can only agree defense cuts bad

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The only thing a bitterly partisan Congress can agree on as it heads for the exits is that looming defense cuts will have a devastating effect on …


  • Parks Service defends refusal to use wolves

    DENVER (AP) — The National Park Service acted properly when it ruled out using wolves to control the elk population in Rocky Mountain National Park, government lawyers argued Thursday before …


  • Obama adviser: President’s speech had specifics

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A senior adviser to President Barack Obama’s campaign says the Democrat’s convention speech offered plenty of specifics that show voters where he wants to take this …


  • Women’s rights leader sends alarm on health issues

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Attorney and women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke (FLOOK) is sounding dire warnings at the Democratic National Convention on a range of health issues if the GOP …


  • Emanuel: Clinton will offer clear vision for Dems

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says former President Bill Clinton will help Democrats offer a clear vision of the future when he takes the podium at the …


  • National debt hits $16T; GOP critical

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department said Tuesday that the national debt has topped $16 trillion, the result of chronic government deficits that have poured more than $50,000 worth of …


  • Romney campaign, RNC raise $100 million in August

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has raised at least $100 million in August, The Associated Press has learned, hitting that mark for a third consecutive month with a …


  • Democrats eye rainy weather as Obama speech nears

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Democrats are closely watching the forecasts as a rainy week unfolds ahead of President Barack Obama’s speech accepting his party’s nomination. With Obama set to address …


  • Dems: “Better off” question needs context

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Democrats say answering the question of whether Americans are better off now than they were four years ago requires some context. Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren …


  • 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: 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 …


  • Rice says America’s voice ‘muted’ in world affairs

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says the voice of the United States in world affairs “has been muted” under President Barack Obama, creating a chaotic …


  • 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 …


  • Republicans nominate Mitt Romney for president

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When Republicans nominated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president, their vote brought to an end a long primary fight and set the stage for a …


  • GOP convention gets rowdy in rift over Ron Paul

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Feeling slighted, supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential bid chanted and booed Tuesday after Republican convention delegates adopted new rules that could impede insurgent candidates …

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