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**FILE** Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez speaks July 9, 2012, in Caracas, Venezuela. (Associated Press)

Romney blasts Obama for Chavez comments

Mitt Romney and Republicans are taking sharp issue with President Obama's assertion earlier this week that leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was not much a security threat to the United States.

** FILE ** Former Sen. George Allen celebrates with his wife, Susan (left), and daughter Tyler in Richmond on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, after securing a win in Virginia's Republican primary in his effort to reclaim his old Senate seat. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Allen releases third TV ad: 'Kay'

Republican U.S. Senate candidate George Allen on Wednesday released the third television ad of his "Virginia Voices" summer advertising campaign in Virginia, all of which feature women Mr. Allen knows well speaking favorably of the former governor and U.S. senator.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pauses July 11, 2012, during a speech to the NAACP annual convention in Houston. (Associated Press/Houston Chronicle)

Romney accused of a 'reverse Sister Souljah'

Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta accused presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney of attempting to pull off a "reverse Sister Souljah moment" Wednesday when he went before the nation's largest black civil rights organization and vowed to repeal and replace President Obama's health care law.

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat (Associated Press)

Dems block Obama's tax-cut bill

Republicans, eager to put Senate Democrats on record on taxes, tried to force a vote Wednesday on President Obama's proposal to extend middle-class tax cuts but raise taxes for the rich, but Majority Leader Harry Reid objected, essentially sidelining the president's plan.

President Obama heads to his car after getting ice cream at Deb's Ice Cream & Deli in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Single women give Obama an edge in poll

President Obama's popularity among unmarried women propels him to a 3-point lead over presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday.