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Rising Republican stars fire up the convention faithful

It’s Mitt Romney‘s show. But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rocked the house. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was the talk of the town. And Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan‘s rising-star status was blinding as he accepted the party’s vice presidential nomination. “We can get this country working again. We can get this economy growing again. We can make the safety net safe again. We can do this,” Ryan told cheering delegates at the GOP convention Wednesday night. “Whatever your political party, let’s come together for the sake of our country. Join Mitt Romney and me.” Amid the applause for Ryan was
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Paul Ryan plays fast and loose with facts

Laying out the first plans for his party’s presidential ticket, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took some factual shortcuts Wednesday night when he attacked President Barack Obama’s policies on Medicare, the economic stimulus and the budget deficit. Sen. Rob Portman, a former U.S. trade representative, glossed over his own problems when critiquing Obama’s trade dealings with China. A day earlier, the convention’s keynote speaker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, bucked reality in promising that GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will lay out for the American people the painful budget cuts it will take to wrestle the government’s debt and
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Tea Party leaves its mark on GOP convention

There’s a marriage of convenience at the Republican National Convention this week. Mitt Romney needs the tea party’s vigor to ensure the GOP’s conservative base is fired up and works on his behalf this fall. The three-year-old tea party movement needs the Republican Party and its new standard-bearer to champion its causes and get its agenda enacted. And the two sides have never had much affinity for the other. Yet, the tea party has left a solid imprint on its first GOP presidential convention, from the speeches to the platform to the displays of deep opposition to President Barack Obama.
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GOP Convention finally hits its stride

The Republican National Convention is finally in full-throated roar, cheering presidential nominee Mitt Romney‘s name at every turn in a long-sought show of unity and mocking the man he is out to defeat in November. A soft-sided portrayal of the Republican candidate as husband and father, painted by his wife on the stage in a direct appeal to women, combined with a parade of gleeful Obama-bashers Tuesday as the GOP seized its moment after days of worry about the hurricane that simultaneously roared ashore in Louisiana — well out of sight of the gathering, and mostly out of mind for
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It’s official: Mitt Romney is now the GOP nominee for President

Republicans bestowed their presidential nomination on Mitt Romney on Tuesday, turning to the former Massachusetts governor and multi-millionaire businessman as their hope for driving Barack Obama from the White House and ushering in a new era of small-government conservatism. The overwhelming, enthusiastic vote of delegates at the Republican National Convention belied Romney’s long, difficult road to the party’s nomination: losing to Sen. John McCain four years ago and fending off a series of rivals in a brutal nomination fight this year. In the end, Republicans cast aside doubts about Romney’s conservative credentials and bet that American voters would be persuaded
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Angry Ron Paul faithful spark brief moment of discord at GOP convention

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 in the future. The brief uproar was a rare unscripted moment in a carefully-choreographed convention that organizers hoped would showcase Republican harmony over nominee Mitt Romney. After the voice vote on the rules, the next speaker was quickly called in an attempt to limiting the amount of time Paul’s supporters had to chant “Shame on you.” The rules are designed to limit the ability of insurgent presidential candidates to amass delegates to future Republican
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Ryan already at odds with Romney team

Paul Ryan wants to talk policy. Mitt Romney‘s team wants his No. 2 to focus more on his immigrant family and small-town values. The top of the ticket is certain to win out as the Wisconsin congressman accepts the vice presidential nomination of his party Wednesday night. Ryan will deliver a speech to thousands of delegates at the Republican convention, and millions of viewers watching from home, that will be unlike most Ryan tends to favor. This one is likely to be heavy on personality and lighter on policy. Ryan’s willingness to focus on his personal story and play down
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Voters have doubts about Romney but he still polls strong against Obama

Presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney heads into the GOP nominating convention this week with daunting challenges, including a strong public perception that he favors the rich and doesn’t care for those less fortunate and weak popularity ratings against a charismatic incumbent. A new ABC News/Washington Post poll shows an overwhelming number of registered voters fear Romney would favor the wealth over the middle class if elected President and an even wider margin finds President Barack Obama “more friendly and likable.” Reports The Associated Press:  Registered voters by a substantial 58-32 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll think
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Tampa prostitutes, sex shops and strip joints lust for arrival of GOP convention

Tampa’s prostitutes, strip clubs and other sex-related industries plan to cash in during the Republican Presidential convention that comes to town this week. If history is any guide, they will do very well. “Conventions are a time when even the most conservative and uptight types let their hair and inhibitions down,” political consultant Arnold Block tells Capitol Hill Blue.  “Republicans particularly have a history of going wild at convention time.” At previous GOP conventions, escort services, strip clubs and sex shops reported sharp increases in business. Calls by Capitol Hill Blue to some of Tampa’s escort services showed they are
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Show too much T&A and you could be MIA on an airline flight

Show too much cleavage and some airlines may leave you at the departure gate.  Same goes for T-shirts with four-letter words. Yep, some airlines appear to have dress codes.  We say “appear” because the dress codes aren’t published anywhere, at least not where the public can find them, and enforcement is selective at best. Capitol Hill Blue called several airlines and asked for copies of their dress codes for passengers. Some said no written code existed.  Others said such codes are not public.  Others didn’t respond. Blogs are buzzing about a woman who says Southwest Airlines this past spring told
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