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Race-baiting hooks 2012 campaign

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During three-plus years of Barack Obama’s presidency, neither he nor most top Republicans felt much desire to talk about race. Now, the three-plus days of the Republican National Convention in Tampa are being roiled by angry people in both parties eager to talk about race — and how the other side is trying exploit prejudice for political advantage.

Isaac Thwarts Democrats’ Romney-Bashing Plans

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The counterprogramming punch that Democrats planned to land on the GOP at its national convention has been pulled. The Tampa war room that Democrats opened on Saturday has fallen silent, a testament to the power of a tropical storm and the dispiriting optics of savaging an opposing party while convention delegates shield themselves from pelting rain and slashing winds.

Five Things to Watch For in Tampa

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Tampa | Florida politics has always been its own special fun. Long before the election year ground to a shocking legal halt in the wake of the disputed 2000 election, it was the home of "Walkin’ Lawton" Chiles -- the guy who ran for governor by walking across the state; Terri Schiavo, whose life support drama turned into a national flashpoint; and Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban boy whose residency dispute singlehandedly revived the Cold War.

So Hurricane Isaac should be a piece of cake.

Pelosi aims for Dems to retake House, eyes old speaker post

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Standing before a room of donors at a breakfast fundraiser for Rep. Betty Sutton, one of her party's vulnerable incumbents, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defined the stakes of the 2012 election this way: "Everything is at stake. Civilization as we know it today," she said, catching herself with a laugh. "That's all. So, no pressure."

Rahm Emanuel, Tim Kaine, among convention speakers

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The Democratic convention will feature a slate of familiar faces and up-and-comers who will frame the race for the White House as a choice between two economic visions, offering insider views of President Obama making tough decisions, assessments of how his policies have played in swing states and an examination of Mitt Romney’s record in Massachusetts.

This Congress could be least productive since 1947

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Congress is on pace to make history with the least productive legislative year in the post World War II era. Just 61 bills have become law to date in 2012 out of 3,914 bills that have been introduced by lawmakers, or less than 2% of all proposed laws, according to a USA TODAY analysis of records since 1947 kept by the U.S. House Clerk's office.

Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan to shift the campaign debate; will the gamble pay off?

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It doesn’t take a political genius to see where the contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney is heading. With Rep. Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket, the campaign is looking at a full-throated debate over the future of Medicare. Are Romney and Ryan ready? There is plenty in Ryan’s budget blueprint — and by implication, Romney’s platform — that will spark debate and controversy. The size and shape of Romney’s and Ryan’s proposed tax cuts already are under attack by Obama and the Democrats.

Rejoice! It’s Ryan! Conservatives are thrilled by Romney’s VP pick. So are Democrats. One camp is very wrong.

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Mitt Romney has made his first presidential-level decision, picking Paul Ryan, the 42-year-old, seven-term Congressman from southern Wisconsin, as his running mate. The choice offers the first real hints about what kind of president Romney will be. Here's what we learned: He takes risks, he can adapt, and he's willing to campaign on a bold set of ideas rather than generalities. If you're looking for the attributes of presidential leadership, these are all strong qualities.

House Democrats Lead GOP in Money Race

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The campaign operation for House Democrats outraised its GOP counterpart in May and lead in the election cycle to date, according to figures by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to be released Wednesday.

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Obama Campaign’s Rough Patch Concerns Some Democrats

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Is it time for Democrats to panic? That’s what a growing number of party loyalists are wondering, amid a rough couple of weeks in which President Obama and his political operation have been buffeted by bad economic news, their own gaffes and signs that the presumed Republican nominee is gaining strength.