- - Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plan a campaign fundraiser for him Thursday in Hong Kong as U.S.-China trade friction becomes an issue in the White House race.

Romney supporters already have raised at least $385,000 for him in Hong Kong, a world financial center that has been administered by China since Britain turned it over in 1997.

Mr. Romney accuses China’s government of trade, currency and intellectual property abuses, and says President Obama has failed to confront Chinese officials as the abuses worsened.

Obama supporters say the administration has stood up to China and accuse Mr. Romney’s former firm, Bain Capital, of aiding the shift of American jobs to China.

WHITE HOUSE

Michelle Obama to appear on ‘Steve Harvey‘ show

CHICAGO — First lady Michelle Obama will appear on Steve Harvey’s new daytime talk show.

The show’s producers say she will tape her appearance Thursday. It’s scheduled for broadcast Wednesday. “Steve Harvey” is taped before an audience at NBC’s studios in Mr. Obama’s hometown of Chicago.

Earlier this week, Mrs. Obama joined her husband for an interview on ABC’s “The View.”

CAMPAIGN

Billionaire Ricketts’ PAC launching anti-Obama ads

A conservative political action committee is launching a $10 million campaign to sway voters who backed President Obama four years ago to now support his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.

The Ending Spending Action Fund, bankrolled by billionaire Joe Ricketts, is airing 30-second ads on national cable and television in Virginia, Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Mr. Ricketts is the founder of Nebraska-based TD Ameritrade Securities.

HEALTH CARE

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