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Ryan's District Gains Despite His Positions

Mitt Romney's running mate has staked out a reputation as a fiscal conservative, opposing the economic stimulus as well as earmarks. But when it comes to helping out his district in southern Wisconsin, Rep. Paul Ryan's principles have been flexible.
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GOP VP Nominee Drives Medicare Campaign Issue

When Republican Mitt Romney tapped House budget chairman Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential running mate, the decision forced both campaigns to focus on Medicare. The Ryan pick was a 180 degree turn from Romneys' original premise which was to focus exclusively on President Obama and the economy.
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Could Ryan Lure Younger Voters To GOP?

At 42, Paul Ryan is the nation's first vice presidential candidate from Generation X. Some college-age Republicans are thrilled to have him on the ticket, but the GOP has a tough challenge ahead if it is to pick up much of the younger vote from President Obama.
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Judge Refuses To Block Pa. Voter ID Law; Appeal Headed To State Supreme Court

While the state's highest court could make a ruling before Election Day, new voter ID laws also are in court or under Justice Department review in several other key states.
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Obama's Iowa Hosts Say They'll Pray For Him, But They Won't Vote For Him

Hours after President Obama paid a visit to a central Iowa farm Tuesday afternoon, the farm owner's adult son issued a statement not exactly in line with the Obama campaign's talking points.
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Obama Wraps Up Iowa Bus Tour

President Obama wraps up a four-day bus tour of Iowa this evening. The president seemed to enjoy the barnstorming — delivering speeches before enthusiastic throngs, high-fiving kids along the way, and knocking back beers with their folks. A look at the trip, and the messaging woven through the speeches and seemingly spontaneous exchanges.
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Analysis: Congress Is Least Productive In Decades

An analysis by USA Today says this Congress may be the least productive since the end of World War II. Sixty-one bills became law so far this year, 90 bills last year. So it's not surprising that Congress' approval rating is 10 percent.

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