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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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Lackluster election, choices leave voters undecided, unexcited

Call them maybes. Two months out from Election Day, nearly a quarter of all registered voters are either undecided about the presidential race or iffy in their support for a candidate, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. These voters could well prove decisive in a close contest. And they will be tough nuts for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to crack. Just 29 percent of them have a strong interest in the campaign, compared with 51 percent of those who’ve made up their minds. So no, they won’t be hanging on every word coming out of the national political conventions in
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Obama: ‘I want to preserve Medicare’

President Barack Obama says the Medicare program is about keeping promises to millions of seniors who have put in a lifetime of hard work. Obama is using Saturday’s radio and Internet address to discuss a surging campaign issue. He says his goal is to strengthen Medicare and preserve the program for future generations. Obama makes no mention of Republican rival Mitt Romney but says Republicans in Congress would turn Medicare into a voucher program that wouldn’t keep up with costs. The GOP ticket has accused Obama of cutting more than $700 billion from Medicare to pay for his health care
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Former Navy SEAL’s bin Laden book draws threats, investigations

The former U.S. Navy SEAL who authored a soon-to-be-published book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is now facing threats against his life in addition to possible criminal prosecution. An official al Qaeda website on Friday posted a photograph and the name of the former Navy commando responsible for the book, calling him “the dog who murdered the martyr Sheikh Osama bin Laden.” The head of U.S. Special Operations Command told current and former troops that the military would take legal action against anyone found to have exposed sensitive information that could cause harm to fellow forces. “We
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Romney used secret data mining system to identify wealthy donors

Building upon its fundraising prowess, Mitt Romney‘s campaign began a secretive data-mining project this summer to trove through Americans’ personal information — including their purchasing history and church attendance — to identify new and likely wealthy donors, The Associated Press has learned. The project employs strategies similar to those the business world uses to influence the way Americans shop and think. Now they’re being used to sway presidential elections. The same personal data consumers give away — often unwittingly when they swipe their credit cards or log into Facebook — is now being used by the people who might one
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Finally, a Presidential election with some clear choices

November’s presidential election offers Americans one of the starkest choices in years. On this, at least, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can agree. Obama says voters will choose between “two fundamentally different visions of where we take America.” To which his Republican rival counters: “If you want to know where his vision leads, open your eyes…It leads to lost jobs, lost homes, lost dreams.” Romney promises a countervision of “growth and jobs and economic vitality.” There are no shades of gray. Beyond the usual election-year distortions and exaggerations, a yawning issues gulf separates the two candidates. Romney sharpened the
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