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As Conventions Begin, Where Is The U.S. Economy?

When the political conventions were kicking off in 2008, the direction of the U.S. economy was clear: down. The state of the 2012 economy will provide Republicans and Democrats with much to debate.
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Trump: Romney Got A Laugh, But Birther 'Issue' Is No Joke

The developer/reality TV star/sort-of politician still insists that what he calls the "issue" of where the president was born is a serious subject.
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Allen And Kaine Crisscross Virginia In Senate Campaigns

As Republicans around the country head to Florida for the national convention, one GOP candidate for Senate, former Gov. George Allen, is staying in his home state to continue campaigning. His opponent, former Gov. Tim Kaine, is also appearing around the state.

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Tempest In Tampa: Isaac Tests Mitt Romney's Mettle

ANALYSIS: The last surviving purpose of the convention is to reach a vast audience and make an impression. Perhaps the special circumstances of this week will give the Republican presidential contender a unique way to do that.

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From Goldwater To Palin: Memorable GOP Convention Moments Of The Past

National political conventions don't offer the same impact as they did in the past, but that's no reason to ignore this year's festivities. This week's Political Junkie column lists five memorable conventions of the past.
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Watching Isaac, GOP Delays Opening Convention

Republicans have decided to delay the official start of their presidential nominating convention until Tuesday. Tropical Storm Isaac is causing weather-related issues around Tampa, Florida. As the convention is about to begin, polls show GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is tied with President Obama.
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Romney's Plan To Broaden Tax Base Finds Critics

The Republican presidential candidate says he favors keeping all of the Bush-era tax cuts and then adding some more. To pay for these cuts, he would reduce or eliminate some of the tax deductions that many Americans have come to rely on. Economists support that plan, but Mitt Romney must win over Americans who benefit from them.
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Ron Paul Fires Up University Of South Florida Crowd

Rep. Ron Paul, who challenged Mitt Romney during the GOP primary season, hasn't endorsed Romney. Paul won't be speaking at the convention, which upsets his supporters. At Sunday's rally, thousands cheered the loudest when Paul repeated his anti-war message, and called for an end to the Federal Reserve.

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