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Inside Politics Archive: August 2012

  • White House invests $30 million in Ohio manufacturing hub

    President Obama is using all the White House weapons at his disposal to woo voters in critical swing states in the campaign's final stretch, announcing a $30 million investment aimed at creating a manufacturing hub in Ohio to help boost technology and create jobs in a three-state region. Published August 16 2012

  • Black caucus chairman: Biden comments amount to 'absolutely nothing'

    Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, downplayed Vice President Joseph R. Biden's remarks earlier this week that Republicans wanted to "put y'all back in chains" at a campaign stop in Virginia, saying he made "absolutely nothing" of the comments. Published August 16 2012

  • Former Obama campaign Co-Chair Davis gets headline RNC speaking slot

    Former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis — who seconded President Obama's nomination at the 2008 Democratic National Convention — has been given a prime speaking slot at this year's Republican National Convention, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced Thursday. Published August 16 2012

  • Gallup: No immediate 'Ryan bounce' for Romney

    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney did not receive an immediate bounce in his poll numbers following the Saturday announcement of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate, Gallup said Wednesday. Published August 15 2012

  • Former Dem lawmaker to stump for Romney

    Former Rep. Artur Davis, a four-term Democratic congressman from Alabama who recently defected to the Republican Party, will campaign for Mitt Romney in the critical swing state of Virginia on Wednesday. Published August 15 2012

  • Biden has a record with slave-themed remarks

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden's incendiary comment to a largely black audience Tuesday about Republican Mitt Romney wanting to put voters "back in chains" isn't the first time he has used slavery imagery in a political appeal. Published August 15 2012

  • Romney: 'Very much on the same page' with Ryan on budget

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has emphasized that he will be running on his own budget proposal — not the plan of his ticket mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, which dramatically overhauls Medicare and Medicaid — but said Wednesday the two are quite close on the issue. Published August 15 2012

  • Huckabee candidate tops Palin's pick

    Mike Huckabee won a proxy battle with Sarah Palin in Florida on Tuesday Published August 15 2012

  • Veteran House member Stearns concedes in unexpected Fla. upset

    The House Republican who led investigations into Solyndra and Planned Parenthood could see his quarter-century career come to a crashing halt, after he was shockingly defeated by a veterinarian in Tuesday's Florida primary. Published August 14 2012

  • Wrestling magnate McMahon makes another run in Connecticut

    World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon easily won the Republican Senate nomination in Connecticut on Tuesday, defeating former longtime congressman Chris Shays and setting up a November battle with Rep. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat. Published August 14 2012

  • Democratic Rep. Cardoza calls it quits

    California Rep. Dennis Cardoza said Tuesday he was quitting Congress before the end of his term. The Democrat's resignation is effective midnight Wednesday. Published August 14 2012

  • Rep. Akin hounded over 'cancer' answer on student loans

    Rep. W. Todd Akin's connection of cancer to the federal student-loan program is coming back to haunt the Missouri Republican in his U.S. Senate bid, as he lashed back against a new round of attack ads that Sen. Claire McCaskill, his Democratic opponent, began Tuesday. Published August 14 2012

  • Rubio to introduce Romney at GOP convention

    Right on the heels of the announcement of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus revealed that Sen. Marco Rubio will formally introduce Mitt Romney as the party nominee on Aug. 30 at the convention in Mr. Rubio's home state of Florida. Published August 14 2012

  • Sununu to CNN host: 'Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead'

    Lest anyone think questions over vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul Medicare will go away any time soon, look no further than Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu, a former New Hampshire governor, who vigorously defended his boss Tuesday morning while accusing a CNN host of carrying water for the Obama administration in a heated exchange. Published August 14 2012

  • Christie to deliver keynote address at Republican convention

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention later this month, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced Tuesday. Published August 14 2012

  • Chinese company stops selling fake U.S. IDs

    A Chinese company that a group of U.S. senators has criticized for selling high-quality counterfeit U.S. driver's licenses has shut down operations, its website says. Published August 13 2012

  • Obama to NASA team: Let me know if you find Martians

    President Obama called the NASA team that landed a rover on Mars to congratulate them on the successful mission, as well as allowing their employees to change with the times. Published August 13 2012

  • In Iowa, Obama hits Ryan for farm bill vote

    President Obama is picking a new fight with Mitt Romney's new vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, taking the Wisconsin congressman to task for opposing a major new farm bill now working its way through Congress. Published August 13 2012

  • Democrats use Ryan pick to raise cash, but president's backers are confident

    Democrats on Saturday afternoon were already using the Romney campaign's vice presidential pick of Rep. Paul Ryan to rally donors. Published August 11 2012

  • Democrats officially include gay marriage plank in platform

    Democrats' platform committee voted unanimously on Saturday to add a plank endorsing gay marriage, according to gay-rights advocates who said it marks the first time either major party has gone that far. Published August 11 2012