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Entries by Luke Johnson from 08/2012

Obama Campaigns On Tax Cuts In Ohio

Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

AKRON, Ohio — President Barack Obama made his rival's personal millions a front-and-center issue in the race for the White House on Wednesday, t...

Mitt Romney Avoided Foreign Travel As Governor, While Bill Weld Embraced It

Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney flew home from Poland on Tuesday afternoon, ending a foreign trip riddled with gaffes -- from criticizing Britain's preparedness for the O...

Crossroads GPS Tries To Get Past Disclosure Deadline

Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

A hard-hitting new TV spot by the conservative advocacy group Crossroads GPS is scheduled to air within 30 days before the Democratic National Convent...

Romney In Olympic Spotlight With Dressage Competition

Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

LONDON — Rarely has an Olympic dressage horse received as much attention as Rafalca. The 15-year-old, German-bred mare is part-owned by Mitt Ro...

Macau Probes Sands China, Sheldon Adelson Company, Over Document Transfer

Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

HONG KONG -- The Chinese arm of U.S. billionaire Sheldon Adelson's gambling empire is being investigated by Macau privacy authorities over its handlin...

Obama: Romney's 'Asking You To Pay More So That People Like Him Can Get A Tax Cut'

Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

President Barack Obama used a new report from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center to hammer away at a consistent campaign theme: that Mitt Romney favors...

Laura Richardson Recommended For Reprimand By House Ethics Committee

Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Rep. Laura Richardson, D-Calif., improperly compelled her congressional staff to do campaign work and should be reprimanded and fin...

Lindsey Graham Shows Chick-Fil-A Support On Facebook (PHOTO)

Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) touted his support for fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A Wednesday on his Facebook page. "As a long time Chick-fil-A fanatic, I...

Obama Walks Into A Fudge Shop, His Arrival Predicted By Cashier

Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

After speaking in Mansfield, Ohio, President Barack Obama walked into the Squirrel's Den, a local fudge shop, where he was greeted by a cashier who sa...

Mitt Romney's CEO Style Rankled Massachusetts Lawmakers

Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

BOSTON -- What worked for Mitt Romney in the corporate boardroom didn't fly in the more raucous corridors of the Massachusetts Legislature. Now the R...

Jared Diamond: Mitt Romney 'Misrepresented My Views'

Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

Scientist and author Jared Diamond said that Mitt Romney mischaracterized his book, "Guns, Germs and Steel," to theorize why Israelis and Palestinians...

Mitt Romney Ad Attacks Obama's Handling Of The Florida Economy

Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney's campaign released a new television ad Thursday hitting President Barack Obama's handling of the Florida economy. "Four years ago, Bar...

Fast And Furious: William Hoover, Ex-ATF Deputy Director, Leaves Agency

Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The former deputy director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has left the agency following the uproar over a fl...

John Kasich Claim About Oil And Gas Recovery Ruled Wrong By Experts

Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. John Kasich's claim that a single energy company could recover $1 trillion worth of oil and gas from the state's shal...

Air Force Sex Scandal: Sen. John Cornyn Ends Hold Over USAF Chief Of Staff Nominee Mark Welsh

Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House pick for Air Force chief of staff was confirmed by the Senate Thursday as members of Congress continued to press th...

Senate Democrats Reject GOP Move To Force Defense Contractors To Send Out Layoff Notices

Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats rejected a Republican effort to force defense contractors to send out notices of possible job layoffs four days before ...

Americans For Prosperity, Koch-Founded Group, Plans $25 Million Ad Campaign

Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK — An independent group supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says it's launching a multimillion-dollar advertising c...

Wealthy Republicans Rock GOP U.S. Senate Primaries

Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- They have deep pockets and aren't afraid to dig into them. Seemingly out of nowhere, a trio of wealthy political neophytes has roiled R...

Congress Takes 5 Weeks Off With Much Still Left To Do

Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The quarrelsome House couldn't even agree on whether to formally adjourn, but that didn't stop Congress from taking five weeks off....

Steve LaTourette: 'What's Wrong With These Chuckleheads'

Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Republican congressman who's retiring in frustration over political gridlock says he hopes the institution doesn't have to hit "rock b...

Mitt Romney On Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Increase Is A 'Hammer Blow' To The Middle Class

Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney reacted to the monthly jobs report Friday in a predictable negative light. He called the one-tenth of a percentage point increase in the u...

Walter Jones On Mitt Romney's Tax Returns: 'I Don't Think This Will Go Away'

Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

GOP Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.) said Thursday that Mitt Romney's refusal to release more than two years of tax returns could hurt him in the presidenti...

Obama, Mitt Romney React To Jobs Report

Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Sputtering along, the economy on Friday offered some hope but no illuminating help to voters who are mired in a weak jobs recovery ...

Mark Clayton, Winner Of Senate Primary, Disavowed By Democratic Party For Hate Group Association

Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

The Tennessee Democratic Party disavowed Mark Clayton over his association with a hate group after Clayton won Thursday's Democratic primary for U.S. ...

Don Siegelman, Former Alabama Governor, Going Back To Prison For Bribery

Posted 08.03.2012 | Politics

By BOB JOHNSON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Following years of appeals and a vocal campaign by supporters, ex-Alabama Gov. Don Siegelm...