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  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is a pro-life Catholic with a fiscally conservative reputation and no known opposition among evangelicals, whose votes Republicans will be counting on in November. Those factors play into his name appearing on a short list of possible vice presidential picks for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. (Fredericksburg, Va., Free Lance-Star via Associated Press)

    McDonnell appears on VP shortlist

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has emerged as one of three Republican officeholders who political handicappers say have the most potential to unify the party and boost the fortunes of GOP standard-bearer Mitt Romney as a running mate in November.

Gonzalo Hernandez stands outside a Scottsdale, Ariz., resort Monday protesting GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who was speaking inside, and Arizona's immigration law, a key part of which was upheld by the Supreme Court.

    Arizona ruling seen giving Romney opening

    The fallout from the Supreme Court's split decision this week on Arizona's tough immigration law could give GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his party a fresh opportunity to reframe the immigration debate and cut into President Obama's huge lead among Hispanic voters, experts say.

  • In this photo released by the US Embassy Beijing Press Office, blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng, center, holds hands with U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, right, as U.S. State Department Legal Advisor Harold Koh applauds, before leaving the U.S. embassy for a hospital in Beijing Wednesday May 2, 2012. (AP Photo/US Embassy Beijing Press Office, HO)

    Peculiar case of Chinese dissident tests U.S. mettle with its banker

    The peculiar case of Chen Guangcheng presents a classic test for President Obama and for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney — whether the United States should put its founding principles of defending democracy and human rights ahead of international economic and political considerations.

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