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President Obama talks to supporters Aug, 9, 2012, during a campaign rally at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo. (Associated Press)

Romney ad: Obama 'will say anything' to win

Mitt Romney's campaign released a new television ad Friday that attacks President Obama's character, accusing him of sitting back while his allies falsely blame the Republican for causing a woman to die from cancer.

**FILE** A Cabot Oil & Gas wellhead in Dimock, Pa., is seen Feb. 13, 2012. (Associated Press)

More oil drilling brings limited cash to govt.

Opening up federal lands to more oil and gas exploration would boost the federal treasury through new royalty payments, but would make almost no dent in the federal deficit, according to figures released Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office.

Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock speaks to supporters in Indianapolis on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, after he defeated incumbent Sen. Richard G. Lugar, Indiana Republican, in the primary. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Dem poll puts Donnelly, Mourdock even in Indiana Senate fight

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appears to be well-positioned in Indiana, a state President Obama carried in 2008, but a new poll released by the campaign of Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly shows Mr. Donnelly in a statistical dead heat with tea-party-backed state Teasurer Richard Mourdock in their race for the seat of Sen. Richard G. Lugar, whom Mr. Mourdock felled in the GOP primary earlier this year.

Newt Gingrich

Gingrich: Obama 'last hope of left-wingers in America'

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, never one to mince words, explained Thursday why conservatives were up in arms over a Mitt Romney spokeswoman's invocation of Mr. Romney's Massachusetts health care law Wednesday, and why, as a questioner put it, he doesn't have the same "hold on the activist wing of his party as the president does."

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Associated Press)

New Romney ad knocks Obama's 'war on religion'

GOP challenger Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee are out with a new television ad Thursday using President Obama's move to require most employers to cover the cost of contraception to draw another line in the sand between the two candidates.

President Obama addresses the crowd of supporters on his grass-roots campaign tour at the Harold and Ted Alfond Sports Center of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Tampa Bay Times, Willie J. Allen Jr.)

Obama still quiet on gay marriage in Democrats' platform

Democrats are asking supporters to "stand with" President Obama and the Democratic Party in solidarity on gay marriage — even though the White House and Mr. Obama's campaign repeatedly have declined to say whether the president supports efforts to write a gay-marriage plank in the party's platform.

Newt Gingrich (Associated Press)

Gingrich disparages Obama by praising Clinton

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that President Obama "in many ways is the anti-Clinton" — running with a message that Republicans hope will help GOP challenger Mitt Romney win over middle-class voters on his way to capturing the White House in the November election.