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Truth becomes first casualty of new Romney-Ryan ticket

In his debut as Mitt Romney‘s running mate, Paul Ryan promised “America’s comeback team” won’t duck tough budget issues, although the man standing next to him has kept his head low so far. Romney vowed the duo would “preserve” Medicare, an eye-popping claim considering Ryan wants to transform the program from the ground up. Not all the rhetoric fit neatly with reality or with the record when Romney introduced his Republican vice presidential choice to the nation Saturday. A look at some of the claims by the Wisconsin congressman and Romney, and how they compare with the facts. ROMNEY: “Unlike
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Romney’s selection of Ryan as running mate redefines White House race

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate could dramatically shift the race for the White House into a debate between two sharply contrasting views of government spending and debt and its role in the daily lives of Americans. In choosing Ryan – a budget hawk whose provocative plan to reduce government spending has won him fans in the conservative Tea Party movement and made him a target for Democrats – the typically cautious Romney on Saturday took the biggest gamble of his year-long candidacy. Romney also essentially acknowledged that the
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Wisconsin GOP Rep. Paul Ryan: Romney’s pick for VP

Even before Wisconsin sent Paul Ryan to Congress, he was meticulously carving a path that seemed to point only upward. As a young Capitol Hill staffer, he impressed Republican lawmakers with his hustle and intellectual curiosity. He blended quickly with an elite crop of conservative thinkers. By his 30s, he was a congressman on his way to becoming a GOP name brand with his push-the-edge budget proposals. Ryan’s climb reached new heights Saturday when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced him as his running mate. “Mitt’s Choice for VP is Paul Ryan,” said a phone app Romney’s team created to
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Obama campaign caught in multiple lies over controversial anti-Romney ad

The campaign of President Barack Obama lied not once, but at least twice, about both its knowledge and role in the use of a Missouri steelworker in a controversial pro-Obama SuperPAC political ad claiming the worker’s wife died of cancer after Mitt Romney‘s private equity firm laid him off. After disclosures that the steelworker previously appeared in an Obama campaign ad and even participated in a campaign conference call, Obama campaign officials backed off pious — and untruthful — denials that they knew about him. “No one is denying he was in one of our campaign ads,” Obama spokesman Jen
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Conservatives still uncomfortable with Romney

Months after he clinched the Republican nomination, Mitt Romney is still struggling to win over skeptical conservatives. And the longer he waits to name a running mate, the more time conservative activists have to try to coax him to name one of their own — such as Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. “Why Not Paul Ryan?” asks an editorial in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal. Ryan heads the House Budget Committee and is author of a House-passed budget that would slash federal spending and overhaul entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. Romney’s latest problem with conservatives flowed from a spokeswoman’s reflections
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Romney goes beyond economy in attacks on Obama’s record

For months, Mitt Romney has seemed to have one focus — bludgeoning President Barack Obama on the economy. Now, the Republican presidential candidate has started poking at Obama from all sides as he looks to gain ground. In recent days, Romney has criticized Obama in TV ads and speeches on topics that include farm policy, transparency, military voting rights, welfare reform and religious freedom. Republicans have been pressing Romney to go after Obama in areas that resonate with party loyalists as the close contest approaches its final push, which begins after the party convention this month. Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith
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Historic Agent Orange cleanup begins in Vietnam

From deformed infants to grandparents with cancer, families near Vietnam’s Danang Airbase have long blamed the toxic legacy of war for their ills. Now after a decades-long wait, a historic “Agent Orange” clean-up is finally beginning. The base was a key site in the US defoliant program during the Vietnam War, and much of the 80 million litres (21 million gallons) of Agent Orange used during “Operation Ranch Hand” was mixed, stored and loaded onto planes there. On Thursday, the US and Vietnam began a long-awaited joint cleanup effort at the site — using technology which will heat the contaminated
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New poll shows Obama’s lead over Romney increasing slightly

Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the future but voters do not seem to be holding it against Democratic President Barack Obama, who slightly expanded his lead over Republican rival Mitt Romney this month, a new Reuters/Ipsos poll says. Three months before the November 6 presidential election, nearly two-thirds of Americans think the country is moving in the wrong direction. Only 31 percent say it is moving in the right direction – the lowest number since December 2011. But Obama’s lead over Romney among registered voters was 49 percent to 42 percent, up slightly from the 6-point advantage the president held
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Campaigns continue constant political sniping

President Barack Obama is pushing an economic fairness argument to voters in Colorado while Republican Mitt Romney‘s campaign protests a tough attack ad aired by a super PAC supporting the president. Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul labeled the ad linking Romney to a woman’s death from cancer “despicable,” but the Obama campaign refused to call on Priorities USA Action to pull the TV spot. Bill Burton, a former White House aide and co-founder of the group, defended the ad. In the ad, a steelworker suggests that Romney and the private equity firm he founded might bear some responsibility for his
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