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With $114 million, Obama just outraises Romney in August

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President Barack Obama's campaign and its Democratic partners raised more than $114 million in August, narrowly beating Republican rival Mitt Romney for the first time in months as the race for the White House approaches its final stretch.

Romney and Obama trade shots over tax-cut math, Medicare

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After a week in which Democrats repeatedly attacked his economic plan as beneficial to the rich and devastating to the poor, Republican nominee Mitt Romney insisted Sunday that his tax and budget proposals would help rebuild the middle class in America.

Lessons Learned in Tampa and Charlotte

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CHARLOTTE -- I am typing this while sitting in a darkened arena. From my vantage point high above the convention floor, thousands of happy Democrats are cheering a video collage of Barack Obama's campaign and Presidency. In this version of pro-Obama utopia, the hits fly by -- the misses not so much. We watch Sarah Palin dismiss the President's background as a community organizer, and immediately cut to video of then-candidate Obama brushing off his shoulder Jay Z-style and singing a little Al Green. Oh, and then he orders a hit on Osama bin Laden.

Two conventions tell the tale of 2012

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Republicans last week in Tampa and Democrats this week in Charlotte were not faking it. Partisans on both sides really do regard the other party’s nominee with contempt, and both sides look at the other’s agenda with genuine incomprehension.

Verdict is in: Obama levels more personal attacks

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A crabby, negative campaign that has been more about misleading and marginal controversies than the major challenges facing the country? Barack Obama and Mitt Romney can both claim parenthood of this ugly child.

Dems' time to shine at DNC convention

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Republicans try to counter Democrats' convention

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Republicans prepared a counterpunch to the Democratic National Convention this week by introducing their new line of attack with a not-so-new question: "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"

Obama makes detour to visit hurricane site

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President Obama took a short detour from campaigning on Monday to inspect the damage wrought by Hurricane Isaac last week and the government response, a stop that took on outsized political overtones in this campaign season.

August 31, 2012

Weekly Show

Special Washington Week from Charlotte, North Carolina: Did Mitt Romney fulfill expectations at Republican National Convention? Plus what affect did Clint Eastwood's unscripted speech have? Also, we preview the Democratic National Convention. Joining Gwen:  Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Karen Tumulty, Washington Post; Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics; John Hardwood of CNBC / New York Times.

 

Five Things to Watch in Charlotte

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Charlotte, N.C. — We dodged a hurricane, survived the gripping humidity and thrived for a week in the belly of the beast — a national political convention that one first time attendee Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc), said reminded him of a trade show.

So let's rinse and the repeat, this time in the Tar Heel State, where Democrats are already descending to renominate Barack Obama. The incumbent gets the privilege of the last word when it comes to scheduling events like these. So expect much of what you see here to be reactive.