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Los Angeles Mayor and Democratic Convention Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

Democrats scramble to restore Jerusalem plank to platform

The White House scrambled Wednesday to alter the Democratic Party platform after they adopted a version that left out references to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and made no mention of God. Published September 5, 2012

First lady Michelle Obama addresses the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 4, 2012, its opening night, at the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Michelle Obama hails husband as 'man we can trust' during DNC speech

First lady Michelle Obama pleaded with voters Tuesday to reward her husband with re-election, telling delegates at the Democrats' convention that President Obama comes from humble beginnings and was able to reach the White House by taking advantage of the same kind of government assistance he is defending on the campaign trail. Published September 4, 2012

Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Abortion issue sets tone 
for attracting women at DNC

Inside the convention hall Tuesday, Democrats affirmed themselves as the pro-choice party, delivering the most detailed discussion of contraceptives and reproductive health in major-party political history and adopting a platform that defends abortion, including taxpayer funding for the procedure. Published September 4, 2012

**FILE** Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican (Associated Press)

Immigration agency's chief of staff resigns amid misconduct probe

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's chief of staff has resigned amid allegations of inappropriate behavior and potential sexual harassment, and congressional Republicans have vowed to conduct their own review of the Obama administration. Published September 1, 2012

Puerto Rico delegates cheer for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Spanish-language media 'obsessed' on immigration issue

For most voters, the Republicans' nominating convention has been filled with speeches about jobs, the economy, federal spending and President Obama's record. But for Hispanic voters getting their news from the Spanish-language press, the view is very different — and decidedly unsympathetic to the Republican Party. Published August 30, 2012

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin addresses the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday. He had delegates laughing with a his string of one-liners poking fun at both President Obama and Mitt Romney. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Zingers, one-liners punch up speeches

Hitting the right comedic note in a convention speech can be tough, but Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, had delegates laughing Wednesday night at his string of one-liners poking fun at both President Obama and Mitt Romney. Published August 30, 2012

Mitt Romney accepts the nomination of the Republican Party for president of the United States at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Romney accepts GOP nomination at RNC, vows leadership, 'lots of jobs'

Mitt Romney on Thursday accepted the nod to lead an ever-more conservative Republican Party against a powerful but politically vulnerable incumbent, telling a national audience that this year’s election comes down to jobs and President Obama’s failure to create enough of them. Published August 30, 2012

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan waves Aug. 29, 2012, before speaking to delegates during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (Associated Press)

Ryan says ticket won't 'duck the tough issues,' will repeal Obamacare

Capping his meteoric rise to the heights of the Republican Party, Paul Ryan accepted the party's vice presidential nomination Wednesday, saying he considered it "a calling" at a time when the country needs to make tough decisions — and pledging that he and Mitt Romney won't shirk from them. Published August 29, 2012

Former President George W. Bush begins his speech, Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, during the annual Jim Blanchard Leadership Forum at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, Ga., Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/The Ledger-Enquirer, Mike Haskey)

Republican convention seeks a break from Bush's years

The Republican convention may occasionally dip into the weeds this week, but it will do its best to stay away from the Bushes — as in former President George W. Bush, who still casts a long shadow over the party he led for a rocky eight-year tenure. Published August 28, 2012

With New Jersey announcing their votes, Mitt Romney receives enough delegate votes to put him over the top as the Republican nomination for the next president of the United States at the Republican National Convention, Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Christie vouches for Romney: 'Solutions will not be painless'

Kicking off Republicans' 2012 nominating convention with a piercing critique of American political life, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday politicians and voters alike have "become paralyzed" by an inability to live within limits, and he challenged both groups to accept that there are some promises government should not make, and cannot meet. Published August 28, 2012

** FILE ** Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation. (Associated Press)

Embracers of the Constitution are baffled by what’s really in it

They say they stand for a return to constitutional principles, but it turns out tea party supporters are just as confused as to what rights and powers are in the federal government's founding document, according to the latest The Washington Times/JZ Analytics poll. Published August 27, 2012

President Obama steps off the Marine One helicopter upon arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on Sunday. His convention is next week. (Associated Press)

Obama, Romney in dead heat as voter bases stick

Heading into their nominating conventions, President Obama and Mitt Romney are dead even — down to a tenth of a percent — in the latest The Washington Times/JZ Analytics Poll, which also shows independents, the critical swing group, beginning to pick sides. Published August 26, 2012

** FILE ** In this Aug. 16, 2012, photo Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney writes on a white board as he talks about Medicare during a news conference in Greer, S.C. As they rush towards their party conventions, the rival presidential campaigns are trying to invigorate core supporters while reaching out to a sliver of undecided voters who harbor doubts about President Obama yet aren't sold on Romney. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Seniors boost Obama over fears of GOP Medicare cuts

Voters believe Mitt Romney and other Republicans are more likely to cut Medicare than President Obama and congressional Democrats, according to the latest The Washington Times/JZ Analytics survey, released Sunday. Published August 26, 2012

Joel Jimenez (right) and Issac Page remove an awning outside the Tampa Convention Center, which will serve as the media center for the Republican National Convention, in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. Precautions were being taken in anticipation of Tropical Storm Isaac. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

GOP packs events into three days

It's not as if Republicans didn't see this storm coming. In fact, Tampa, where the GOP is preparing to gather for its quadrennial nominating convention, previously was rejected for exactly this reason. Published August 26, 2012

** FILE ** Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, left, and convention CEO William Harris unveil the stage and podium for the 2012 Republican National Convention, Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)

GOP cancels first day of convention as storm Isaac approaches

With a hurricane poised to creep along the Florida coast over the next few days, Republicans on Saturday canceled the first night of their nominating convention, slated for Monday, and said they'll pick up on Tuesday. Published August 25, 2012

Deportation statistics said to be inflated

The Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is charging that the Obama administration has "falsified" deportation records to artificially boost numbers — a move critics of the Homeland Security Department have long suspected. Published August 23, 2012

In Paul they trust as he leaves political stage

One way to measure Rep. Ron Paul's ascendance as a political player is to compare the cold shoulder he got from rival Republican presidential candidate John McCain in 2008 with the cozier embrace he has received from 2012 presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. Published August 23, 2012

The Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Deferring on budget no longer an option, CBO says

Congress' chief scorekeeper warned Wednesday that the country's top lawmakers can't continue to put off big decisions on the budget and the economy much longer, and said either path — belt-tightening now or even deeper cuts later — will be painful. Published August 22, 2012