- - Sunday, July 1, 2012

TAMPA, Fla. — Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul will hold a free rally for thousands of supporters at the University of South Florida Sun Dome on the day before the Republican National Convention.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. Aug. 26 for the noontime rally, which is open to the public. The Sun Dome seats 10,400, and organizers expect a crowd.

“We’re going to have a good speaker lineup, we’re going to have music, we’re going to have Dr. Paul, we’re going to have our delegates and we’re going to set a great tone for our delegates to go get involved in the convention,” Paul campaign Chairman Jesse Benton said Friday.

Mr. Paul is no longer actively campaigning, but his supporters have continued to fight for delegate seats in Tampa, encountering resistance and counter-maneuvering that has punctuated a few state GOP nominating conventions with fractious confrontations.

The tone that Mr. Paul’s rally will seek to set for delegates will be “positive, respectful and constructive,” Mr. Benton said. “I think they’re going to be very positive and very upbeat and are going to make sure that what we believe in is represented in the platform.”


Clooney to raise money for Obama in Geneva

Actor George Clooney is offering more help to President Obama’s re-election campaign by headlining a European fundraiser this summer for Americans living abroad.

An invitation posted on Mr. Obama’s campaign website says Mr. Clooney will be the special guest at an Obama fundraiser in Geneva on Aug. 27.

Tickets start at $1,000 per person, and dinner for two costs a cool $30,000.

Mr. Clooney held a gala fundraiser at his Los Angeles home in May that raised nearly $15 million. He typically spends time during the summer at his villa on Italy’s Lake Como.

Mr. Obama’s campaign has held fundraising events overseas to raise money from U.S. citizens living abroad.


Five more states granted NCLB waivers; tally now 24

Five more states have been granted relief from key requirements of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind education law, bringing the total to 24 states given waivers, the Education Department said Friday.

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