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President Obama disembarks Marine One on Aug. 31, 2012, on his way to switch to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for a trip to Fort Bliss in Texas. (Associated Press)

In Romney's wake, Obama will survey storm damage Monday

Mitt Romney may have beat President Obama to the punch by rearranging his post-convention schedule Friday to fit in a trip to Louisiana to survey the damage from Hurricane Isaac, but President Obama will create some lasting presidential images of his own with a visit to the state Monday.

Actor Clint Eastwood addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 30, 2012. (Associated Press)

Limbaugh: Clint got under Obama's skin

Hollywood may be bashing Clint Eastwood's performance at the GOP convention, but Rush Limbaugh said Friday the reason is that he touched a nerve with leftist celebrities — and with the president himself.

David Axelrod (Associated Press) **FILE**

Axelrod: Romney's speech long on criticism, short on solutions

Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod criticized Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday, accusing the former Massachusetts governor of dwelling on the nation's economic struggles but offering few solutions during his speech Thursday night at the Republican National Convention.

**FILE ** Mitt Romney accepts the nomination of the Republican Party for President of the United States at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Thursday, August 30, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)

Romney to visit Louisiana, survey storm damage

Fresh off accepting the GOP presidential nod, Mitt Romney took on more of a presidential posture Friday, reworking his schedule so he could fly to Louisiana to survey the damage from Hurricane Isaac — beating President Obama to the punch.

Sen. Scott P. Brown, Massachusetts Republican (Associated Press)

Brown defends taxi driver after tracker dust-up

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown wants to make peace with a Martha's Vineyard cab driver who was videotaped this week confronting a Republican tracker who attempted to film Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

**FILE** Rep. W. Todd Akin (Associated Press)

Poll: Akin-McCaskill race still a tossup

Despite widespread assertions that Missouri Republican Rep. W. Todd Akin's abortion remarks have made him a heavy underdog in the state's U.S. Senate race, a Democratic-leaning polling firm released a poll Thursday showing him in a virtual dead heat with incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan waves Aug. 29, 2012, before speaking to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (Associated Press)

Obama campaign rips Ryan speech

The Obama campaign struck back Thursday at Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, accusing him of making several false claims during his address Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention.

Ann Romney, is greeted by her husband, Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, after she addressed the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. (Rod Lamkey, Jr./ The Washington Times)

Ann Romney speech a big hit with delegates

Republican National Convention delegates were still buzzing Wednesday about Ann Romney's prime-time speech the previous evening, who spoke on behalf of husband Mitt who that day officially was named the GOP's presidential candidate.