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President Barack Obama accepts his party's nomination for a second term as President of the United States at the Democratic National Convention in the Time Warner Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, September 6, 2012. (Barbara Salisbury/ The Washington Times)

Parties turned to outside funders for convention

Big oil and billionaires helped fund the Republican convention in Tampa, while Democrats turns to unions, Indian tribes and their own corporate donors to help pay for their convention in Charlotte, according to new federal records released Thursday.

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

Report: Hostile work environment complaints up on Capitol Hill

With discord and gridlock consuming Capitol Hill in recent years, it comes as little surprise that Congress is a demanding, often confrontational place to work. But a new report from an obscure legislative agency shows that Congress is also becoming a more hostile work environment with complaints from employees on the rise.

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks Aug. 24, 2012, during a campaign rally with running mate Rep. Paul Ryan (not shown), Wisconsin Republican, in Commerce, Mich. (Associated Press)

Survey: Wisconsin in play for Romney

Mitt Romney's recent surge in the polls has put Wisconsin within the Republican challenger's reach, political forecasters at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics said in their latest breakdown of the presidential race, making it, by their count, one of the four remaining toss-up states in "this utterly wild" race.

** FILE ** Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama speak during the first presidential debate, at the University of Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Goldman/Eric Gay)

Obama leads among young voters but faces enthusiasm gap

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney trails President Obama by nearly 20 percentage points among young people, but the GOP candidate's supporters are more likely to show up in November, according to a new poll released Wednesday by the Harvard Institute of Politics.