Election 2012

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WHY IT MATTERS: The economy

EDITOR’S NOTE — This is the first in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people.

Romney: Preserve parts of health-care law

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says that while he intends to dismantle the Obama administration’s health-care law if elected, he would retain several key provisions, including coverage for preexisting conditions.

Obama: 'Our problems can be solved'

The president's speech wrapped up the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- His re-election in question, President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation's stubborn economic woes but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, "Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met."

Clinton's claims of Obama's efforts to compromise a stretch

The ex-president's DNC speech gave no hint of the inflexibility of both parties.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's a fact of life in Washington that what one party considers a principled stand, the opposition considers pigheadedness.

On Obama's orders, Dems quickly rewrite party platform

The platform had omitted mention of God and support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Needled by Mitt Romney and other Republicans, Democrats hurriedly rewrote their platform Wednesday to add a mention of God and declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel after President Barack Obama ordered the changes.

Murray to make personal case for Obama re-election

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., will be among the speakers who take the stage today at the Democratic National Convention to make a case for re-electing President Obama.

Dems seek to rev up Obama backers

Democrats get their national gathering under way today in North Carolina.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Democrats open their national convention today offering President Barack Obama as America's best chance to revive the ragged U.S. economy and asking voters to be patient with incomplete results so far. Michelle Obama, in her opening-night speech, aims to give people a very personal reminder of "the man that he was before he was president."

In some states, early voting begins this month

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Heard enough from the presidential candidates? Here’s an answer: Vote now and put the election behind you.

Jobless wish candidates would focus on economy

WASHINGTON — Two weeks after Allen Black bought a brand-new Nissan Altima, his coal mining job at Booth Energy in Martin County, Ky. was abruptly eliminated. The company blamed market conditions. Black, who’s 49 and from Paintsville, Ky., blamed the Environmental Protection Agency.

10 Myths About Republicans

TAMPA, Fla. — There were a lot of pundits here in Tampa with no real politics to report on. So I thought now would be a good time to do some explaining about the odd natives (well, natives for only a few days), whom the punditocracy has ventured out to poke and prod and report back, as if they are 21st-century Margaret Meads.

For Mitt Romney, election hinges on middle class

TAMPA, Fla. — The conventional wisdom is that the Republican National Convention needed to make Mitt Romney more “likable” — to replace his image as a frosty billionaire with the warmer (and, friends say, more accurate) picture of a family man, devout Mormon and private do-gooder.

Romney off to La. after convention wraps up

TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney is making the first stop of his fall campaign for the White House a visit to storm-damaged Louisiana, hoping to convince Americans he is not just the right man to fix the economy but an all-around leader for the nation.

GOP's final night is about telling Romney's story

TAMPA, Fla. — When Mitt Romney addresses the Republican convention tonight, he’ll do it from a stage that puts him a little bit closer to the crowd inside the convention hall. His campaign hopes the evening ends with Americans feeling a little bit closer to the Republican presidential candidate, too.

Fact check: Convention speakers stray from reality

Fabrications and a failure to look in the mirror beset some claims made at the gathering.

WASHINGTON -- Laying out the first plans for his party's presidential ticket, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took factual shortcuts Wednesday night when he attacked President Barack Obama's policies on Medicare, the economic stimulus and the budget deficit.

McMorris Rodgers now convention's official host

SPOKANE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ role at the Republican national convention has been expanded.

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