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** FILE ** Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Giuliani's support for Palin discredits him, Democrats say

Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani tempered his recent suggestion that Vice President Joseph R. Biden isn't "bright" but didn't apologize for it on Sunday, prompting fire from Democrats, who pointed out that Mr. Giuliani endorsed then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice-presidential pick four years ago.

** FILE ** In this April 13, 2011, file photo, Republican Vice Presidential candidate, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes questions in reaction to President Obama's speech on a federal spending plan, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Ryan retirement-home visit also a major cash cow

When Paul Ryan chose a Florida retirement home for his first campaign appearance as vice presidential candidate in that swing state, he didn't just choose a large community full of dependable voters – he chose a company that has donated through a cluster of opaquely-named LLCs to the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney. The super PAC received $1.3 million from The Villages administrators and affiliates in just 11 donations, almost all from companies rather than people.

** FILE ** In this July 26, 2012, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Pelosi, Fallon joke about Ryan's abs

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, venturing into late-night comedy with a visit to NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Friday, cracked up the show's host with a quick Paul Ryan one-liner.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Blackburn: GOP convention to be 'optimistic' event

A leader in drafting the Republican Party's policy platform for its national convention later this month in Tampa, Fla. says the event will center on an "optimistic and hopeful" tone designed to rally the party around presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney.