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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, wave as they leave at an election-night rally on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, after winning the Illinois primary. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Ann Romney: 'Not there yet' on veep choice

Despite the swirling speculation nationwide that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney could announce his choice for a running mate this week, his wife, Ann Romney, says her husband is still mulling it over.

** FILE ** President Obama sits with White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley while meeting with the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness on Jan. 17, 2012, in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Associated Press)

Romney camp slams jobs council inaction

The Romney campaign is seizing on a report Wednesday that President Obama's much-touted jobs council has taken an election-year hiatus and hasn't met for six months, even as the issue of job creation is front and center in the campaign.

** FILE ** Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left), a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, thanks former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, formerly one of Mr. Romney's rivals in the White House race, for his endorsement during a news conference in North Charleston, S.C., on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

Pawlenty defends Romney on taxes, calls for focus on economy

Former Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday defended presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's decision not to disclose any tax returns from before 2010, and he accused the Obama campaign of using the issue to distract from the nation's current economic doldrums.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who also served five terms as Wyoming's representative in the House, returns July 17, 2012, to the Capitol in Washington to meet with Senate Republican leaders at a political strategy luncheon. He is accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming, the Republican Policy Committee chairman. (Associated Press)

Dick Cheney meets with Hill GOP

Senate Republicans emerging from their weekly caucus lunch said they were inspired by former Vice President Dick Cheney, who visited the Hill Tuesday afternoon to meet with Republican lawmakers to discuss how to avoid dramatic defense cuts next year.

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Hovde invests big in Wisconsin Senate effort

Wisconsin dark-horse Senate candidate Eric Hovde is lagging behind his competitors in outside fundraising but has bankrolled his campaign with $4 million of his own money, according to numbers released this week.

President Obama takes questions July 16, 2012, from the audience during a town meeting at Music Hall in Cincinnati. (Associated Press)

Obama up by two in swing-state poll

President Obama leads Mitt Romney by a slim two percentage points in a survey of voters in 12 states deemed to be ones that will likely decide the 2012 election, according to a poll released Monday.