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Ryan gives Romney campaign much-needed boost in polls, fundraising

As John McCain needed in 2008, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney needed something — anything — to reinvigorate his moribund campaign for President. Tapping Sarah Palin as a vice presidential nominee gave McCain a jump in polls, fundraising and attention. Is Paul Ryan Romney’s Sarah Palin?  The candidate’s staff thinks so. In a memo released Friday morning, campaign manager Matt Rhoades says selecting Ryan as Romney’s running mater has sparked a rise in the polls, an increase in fundraising and lots of activity in social media. The campaign raised more than $10 million in the last week — $7.4 million
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Is Romney packing Twitter with phony followers?

Is the campaign of GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney padding its Twitter followers count with fakes? Could be, says an analysis by Barracuda Labs, a technology firm, that concludes a spike in followers in July was probably packed with fakes purchased through services that generate phonies to pad the numbers.  Some web sites offer generating up to 10,000 phony Twitter followers for about $50. No happening, says the Romney campaign digital director Zac Moffatt, who adds that it’s not about numbers. Romney currently has more than 861,000 followers in Twitter. President Barack Obama has more than 18 million. Says Moffatt:
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Biden may be a screwup but he’s Obama’s boy

Vice President Joe Biden‘s diarrhea of the mouth may keep him in hot water but President Barack Obama is sticking with his perennial screw-up and no plans to throw him out with the trash. Responding Thursday to a question on whether or not Obama might dump his veep from the tickets after another ground of gaffes, White House spokesman Jay Carney said “that was settled a long, long time ago.” The questions came amid speculation from the Republican camp that Obama might be wise to cut Biden loose. Obama’s opponents in 2008 — Sen. John McCain and tea party centerfold
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Two-thirds of young Americans engage in oral, vaginal sex

Two-thirds of American teenagers engage in both oral and vaginal sex, a new study released Thursday shows. However, sexual activity among teens has dropped in the last decade. The study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention‘s Center for Vital Statistics found that equal numbers of men and women between ages 15 and 24 have engaged in oral sex and about a quarter had oral sex before going all the way. However, the study disputes the theory that young Americans — particularly teenagers — engage more in oral sex. “Now we know that’s necessarily true,” Monica Rodriguez. president and
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Biden & Ryan: Battle of the Number Twos

Joe Biden and Paul Ryan are playing growing roles in the race for the White House. The Democratic vice president and Republican Wisconsin congressman have been crisscrossing the country this week to help their No. 1s. This is the first week both presidential candidates have running mates. Mitt Romney formally tapped Ryan on Saturday. Biden is seen as more effective than President Barack Obama at courting white working-class voters. Ryan is a favorite of the Republican Party’s conservative base, a group that long has been skeptical of Romney. But they sometimes create headaches. Biden this week told a Virginia crowd
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Romney’s Medicare promises could backfire

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s new promise to restore the Medicare cuts made by President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law could backfire if he’s elected. The reason: Obama’s cuts also extended the life of Medicare’s giant trust fund, and by repealing them Romney would move the insolvency date of the program closer, toward the end of what would be his first term in office. Instead of running out of money in 2024, Medicare says its trust fund for inpatient care would go broke in 2016 without the cuts. That could leave a President Romney little political breathing room to
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Rock band nails Romney campaign for copyright infringement

The Silversun Pickups want Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign to immediately stop the use of the rock group’s song “Panic Switch.” And the Romney campaign has no problem with that. The Los Angeles-based band’s attorney sent a cease and desist letter to the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign on Wednesday. A news release says neither the band nor its representatives were contacted for permission to use the 2009 alternative rock hit and the group “has no intention of endorsing the Romney campaign.” “We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign,”
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Paul Ryan’s slash and burn: $800 billion in Medicaid cuts

Rep. Paul Ryan‘s plan for Medicare gets all the attention, but the GOP vice presidential candidate has proposed more fundamental changes to medical care for the poor and disabled. Under the Wisconsin congressman’s Medicaid plan, states would take over the program. Simultaneously, Ryan’s proposed budget would reduce projected federal spending by about $800 billion over 10 years, shrinking Medicaid as a share of the overall national economy. The plan has passed the Republican-led House two years in a row. Ryan would also repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, expected to add at least 11 million more people to Medicaid.
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Romney to Obama: ‘Clean up your act’

Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney is charging that President Barack Obama is running a campaign “of enmity and jealousy and anger” and called on him to lift the tone of political discourse immediately. Romney tells “CBS This Morning” in an interview Wednesday he believes Obama “seems to be running just to hang onto power” and that the president and Vice President Joe Biden are carrying out “a divisive effort to keep from talking about the issues.” The two campaigns got into a pitched battle Tuesday over remarks that Biden made to an audience in Danville, Va., where he charged that
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Ryan puts a campaign face on Obama’s main opposition

In his run for a second term, President Barack Obama had an opponent before he had an opponent: House Republicans. They shellacked him in the midterm elections, blocked much of his legislative agenda and pushed economic views that are wildly different from his. Mitt Romney put a campaign face on all that for Obama: Paul Ryan. Now Obama is attacking both the “do-nothing Congress” and Romney at once, two forces united as a target on the Republican presidential ticket. Going after votes in Iowa on Monday, Obama called Ryan the “ideological leader” of House Republicans and singled him out as
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