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Entries by Jason Cherkis from 08/2012

Eric Fehrnstrom's Moment

Posted 08.10.2012 | Politics

BOSTON -- Eric Fehrnstrom began to panic when he landed on Sanibel Island off Florida’s Gulf Coast in December 1989. Fehrnstrom, a scandal-sniffing ...

Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand Fan, Brings Writer's Philosophy To Presidential Stage

Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney selected Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as his running mate, he wasn't just picking a self-p...

Paul Ryan's Jack Abramoff And Tom DeLay Connections Likely To Draw New Scrutiny

Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has served more than a decade in Congress, President Barack Obama and his allies will surely be scouring his ...

Rep. Paul Ryan, Romney's Veep Pick, Once Advocated For Term Limits

Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Rep. Paul Ryan first ran for his home district's congressional seat in 1998, he came out in favor of term limits -- at the time a f...

Paul Ryan Frat Photo Shows VP Candidate Has Changed Little Since 1992

Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan developed his political philosophy as an undergrad in the late '80s and early '90s at Miami University in Ohio. The New Y...

Paul Ryan Got Earmark For Hometown Project

Posted 08.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As far back as 2004, city leaders in Janesville, Wis., Rep. Paul Ryan's (R) hometown, believed that their public bus system needed a new...

Mitt Romney's 2010 Tax Disclosure May Be Lacking 'Unrelated Business' Form

Posted 08.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns may be more incomplete in their public release than was previously thought. Filings rel...

Veep Pick Paul Ryan Lobbied On Behalf Of Companies Who Gave Him Campaign Cash

Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In recent years, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has increasingly held himself to a higher standard than the rest of Congress when it comes to ...

Paul Ryan On Abortion Exception In 2000: 'Wide Enough To Drive A Mack Truck Through It'

Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Toward the start of his career in Congress, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) made extreme statements about whether abortions should be allowed in...

Mitt Romney Blue-Collar Work Days: Candidate Once Pretended To Be Mechanic, Farmer, Butcher

Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Back in 2002, when Mitt Romney began running for governor of Massachusetts, his campaign managers thought it would be a good idea to hav...

Mitt Romney Financial Disclosure Probe Sought By SEIU, Ethics Groups

Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of civic watchdogs and the Service Employees International Union have asked the U.S. Office of Government Ethics to examine Mitt...

RNC Protest Brings Seniors, Occupy Movement Members To St. Petersburg

Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A diverse coalition of senior citizens, religious leaders, community organizers, and activists in faded Occupy T-shirts joined...

RNC Demonstration Attracts Determined Activists

Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- "I'm tired of the war on women," Ilene Goldstein, 56, explained from the back of the small crowd at the Coalition to March on the RNC's...

Tampa Homeless Say They're Barred From RNC Convention Site

Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- On Sunday, Tiffany Johnson and her boyfriend were trying to sleep in a downtown park when they were rousted by Tampa police. The cops g...

Voter Suppression Rally In Tampa Disrupted By Activists With Threatening Fliers

Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics

UPDATE: The group appears to be a hoax. A HuffPost reader pointed out that the two who disrupted Tuesday's protest look like the ones who formed the p...

Occupy Tampa Activist At RNC Says Bigger Protests May Be Looming

Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- As a fierce rain began to fall on Occupy Tampa's small encampment, Andrew Speirs, 22, took shelter in the food tent. On a table was...

RNC Convention Workers Being Paid Below Minimum Wage

Posted 08.31.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- During these past four days at the RNC convention, janitors have worked around the clock picking up after delegates, conservative stars...