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Republican National Convention 2012

LIVE UPDATES: Republican Convention Kicks Off In Tampa

Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics

The first day of the Republican convention is finally here after being delayed one day due to Tropical Storm Isaac. A Time/CNN/ORC survey conducted...

Why Is God Punishing the GOP With Storms? Three Wrath-Provoking Possibilities

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's clear that the GOP has displeased the Supreme Being again mightily this year. But why? Unlike some, I claim no special answers about the nature of ultimate reality or of the Deity, much less the specifics of His preferred policy proposals. But here are three possible sources for all this windborne wrath.

O'Keefe Cancels Convention Trip, Blames Government

Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics

Conservative activist James O'Keefe will skip his scheduled trip to the Republican National Convention, citing "government restrictions" that will pre...

Sabrina Siddiqui

GOP Tries To Dodge Todd Akin, Abortion Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 08.28.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- If there was one thing Republicans sought to make clear at the start of their national convention in Tampa on Monday, it was that the p...

I Get Breathing Lessons At HuffPost Oasis, Then A Shouting Match On 'Hardball'

Howard Fineman | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Howard Fineman

So first I got soothing breathing lessons. Then I got into a televised shouting match on "Hardball." I'm not sure whether there is a relationship between the two events. Maybe New Age therapy made me do it. Here's the story.

Frank Luntz: Romney Has To Do More (And How Frank Learned To Drive)

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- Frank Luntz called. The Republican political strategist wanted to talk about a focus group that he conducted Sunday afternoon, which wa...

Dave Jamieson

Workers Facing Bain-Induced Pain Blast Mitt

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- Whatever she thought she'd do with her vacation this year, Joanne Penniston didn’t expect to find herself in a parking lot-turned-enc...

Romney's Positive Medicare Argument Polls Better Than His Attacks On The $716 Billion

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- Republican pollster Whit Ayres ran reporters through some new numbers Monday morning on what was supposed to be the first day of the Re...

Elise Foley

Paul Ryan: Anti-Abortion Bill Reference To 'Forcible Rape' Was Just 'Stock Language'

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Monday he supported removing the term "forcible rape" from his bill banning taxpayer funding for aborti...

Jason Cherkis

Anti-RNC March Attracts Small Crowd Of Determined Activists

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | 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...

Romney Takes Reins Of Critical Moment

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics

* Republican faces a defining moment in Tampa * Largely writing Thursday's speech himself * A focus on Romney's biograph...

Michael McAuliff

Utah Governor Won't Back Romney's False Welfare Claim

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- One of the Republican governors who sought waivers to welfare's work requirements said Monday he doesn't like the way the Obama adminis...

Is It Time to Scrap the National Political Conventions?

Kenneth D. Ackerman | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Kenneth D. Ackerman

The fact is, conventions themselves, staged meticulously by strategists and media consultants, have become increasingly stale for outsiders, looking more like extended televised pep rallies for party activists, lobbyists, politics junkies and media celebrities. Is it time to scrap them?

Jason Linkins

Tropical Storm Isaac Puts The Inherent Pointlessness Of Political Conventions In Stark Relief

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

Walking around Tampa, Fla., on Monday, the first (originally) scheduled day of the 2012 Republican National Convention, you don't see many signs of Tr...

Howard Fineman

LA Mayor: 'I'm Taking On Stupid Wherever It Exists'

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- At the CNN Grill here just outside the Republican National Convention hall, the chairman of the convention held court -- the chairman o...

The 10 Most Miserable-Sounding Events at the Republican National Convention

Vanity Fair | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics
Vanity Fair

We've ranked the ten most miserable in ascending order of anticipated abject horror.

Gene Demby

Artur Davis' Rightward Drift

HuffingtonPost.com | Gene Demby | Posted 08.28.2012 | Black Voices

Artur Davis took the stage at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver to second the nomination of Sen. Barack Obama as the Democratic nomine...

LOOK: Strip Clubs Give RNC Guests A Hearty Welcome

Andrea Stone | Posted 08.29.2012 | Small Business

"NO minors/Liberals." So reads the fine print on the flyer for Tattletales, one Tampa area strip club seeking to attract the Republican hordes in town...

Ryan Grim

Boehner Joins Welfare Fray

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Monday backed Mitt Romney's false charge that President Barack Obama has ended welfare work requ...

Tampa Strip Clubs See Big Bucks In GOP Convention Hordes

Posted 08.27.2012 | Small Business

As the Gulf Coast waited for Tropical Storm Isaac to make landfall Monday, strip club owners and "exotic" dancers in Tampa anticipated a windfall of '...

Jindal To Skip Republican Convention Due to Isaac

Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said on Monday that he will not attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week as Tropical Storm Isaac t...

PHOTOS: Big GOP Names Convene At Republican National Convention

Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

One day ahead of the official start of the Republican National Convention, big GOP names are making waves in Tampa. The AP reports: Mitt Romney...

Christina Wilkie

GOP Cuts To Disaster Funding Come Under Fire

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- A new online ad campaign launched Monday targets Republicans for proposed cuts to disaster relief funding and weather monitoring system...

Karl Rove Says Mitt Romney 'Will Be Like Polk'

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- Mitt Romney's campaign manager Matt Rhoades compared the presumptive Republican nominee to the 11th president of the United States, Jam...

Sam Stein

Steele To Critics Of Tampa: 'Take A Chill Pill'

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- With the first day of the Republican National Convention canceled, much talk has centered on the man who had the idea to locate the eve...