Democratic platform supports same sex marriage, abortion rights

Democratic platform supports same sex marriage, abortion rights

Democrats unveiled a party platform at their national convention Monday that echoes President Barack Obama’s call for higher taxes on wealthier Americans while backing same-sex marriage and abortion rights. Delegates will vote Tuesday to adopt the platform that reflects the president’s argument that his work is unfinished and he deserves another four years to complete […]

Democratic convention security rules raise free speech concerns

Democratic convention security rules raise free speech concerns

Starting Saturday, someone walking through Charlotte’s central business district could run afoul of the law by carrying water bottles, hair spray, socks or magic markers under sweeping security rules enacted ahead of the Democratic National Convention. It would take a particularly strict reading of the rules for someone to be arrested simply for possessing one […]

Obama takes battleground state tour on way to Democratic convention

Obama takes battleground state tour on way to Democratic convention

President Barack Obama is embarking on a four-day march through battleground states and the storm-battered Gulf Coast in the lead-up to his party’s convention as he seeks to blunt any momentum picked up by Republican rival Mitt Romney. As his party’s faithful began streaming to Charlotte, N.C. for next week’s convention, Obama was returning to […]

Rising college expenses becomes campaign issue

Rising college expenses becomes campaign issue

President Barack Obama would make tax credits for college expenses permanent and expand Pell grants for students from lower-earning families. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would emphasize the need to curb rising tuitions and growing federal education expenditures that are burdening families and the government. The different approaches to coping with rising college costs highlight […]

Romney took tough welfare line in Massachusetts

Romney took tough welfare line in Massachusetts

  Mitt Romney, who is trying to gain an edge in the presidential contest with the disputed charge that President Barack Obama is giving welfare recipients a free ride, can point to his own record of pushing for tighter welfare rules during four years as governor of Massachusetts. Romney fought to require single parents with […]

Romney’s campaign focus: jobs, jobs, jobs

Romney’s campaign focus: jobs, jobs, jobs

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 blame for the stagnant economy and that only he can fix it. “You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best […]

Romney skipped over several key issues in speech

Romney skipped over several key issues in speech

Social Security. Medicare. Iraq. Afghanistan. Illegal immigration. They’re all costly to taxpayers and the next president presumably will have to address them to one degree or another. Yet GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney made no mention of those issues Thursday in his wide-ranging acceptance speech that closed the Republican National Convention. The address was Romney’s […]

Romney’s theme: ‘Time to turn the page’

Romney’s theme: ‘Time to turn the page’

Lifted by a show of Republican unity that once seemed so distant, Mitt Romney plunged into the presidential campaign’s final 67 days focused more than ever on jobs and the economy, and depicting President Barack Obama as a well-meaning but inept man who must be replaced. “America has been patient,” he told the nation. “Americans […]

Mitt Romney’s big night: Can he deliver?

Mitt Romney’s big night:  Can he deliver?

Mitt Romney is stepping up for the most important speech of his Republican presidential campaign, to an audience of millions, after a rousing warm-up from a running mate who vowed the days of dodging painful budget choices will end if voters toss President Barack Obama from office. Having grasped the nomination on his second try, […]