Obama renews call for aid to halt teacher layoffs
2012-08-19 05:35:15 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tight school budgets have meant fewer teachers, larger classes and shorter school years, according to a White House report that President Barack Obama says shows the need for Congress to pass his proposals to help states reduce t...
Ryan now says he did seek economic stimulus money
2012-08-17 05:02:27 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Thursday reversed course and acknowledged lobbying the government for millions of dollars in economic stimulus money after twice denying he had done so.
The Wisconsin congres...
Romney: Never paid less than 13 percent in taxes
2012-08-16 22:13:52 UTC
GREER, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney declared Thursday he has paid at least 13 percent of his income in federal taxes every year for the past decade, offering that new detail while still decrying a "small-minded" fascin...
Biden vs Ryan: No. 2s key in White House campaign
2012-08-16 22:10:21 UTC
DENVER (AP) — Paul Ryan likes exercise, budget charts and the Green Bay Packers. Joe Biden likes train rides, foreign policy and talking — a lot.
In some ways, these presidential ticket No. 2s could not be more different. They are separated in ...
German grandmother facing possible death sentence
2012-08-16 22:05:34 UTC
APALACHICOLA, Fla. (AP) — Attorneys for an elderly German woman accused of drowning her 5-year-old grandson in the bathtub of a Florida beach house say she suffered from depression and was legally insane in part from injuries brought on by a World...
THE RACE: Good economic data could affect contest
2012-08-15 21:15:05 UTC
Publishable Editors Notes:
With 83 days left until Election Day, here are insights into today's highlights in U.S. politics
The finger-pointing on Medicare, the personal attacks and the overwhelmingly negative ads now marking the president...
The other Paul Ryan plan: $800B in Medicaid cuts
2012-08-15 07:57:28 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan's plan for Medicare gets all the attention, but the GOP vice presidential candidate has proposed more fundamental changes to medical care for the poor and disabled.
Under the Wisconsin congressman's Medicaid pla...
Biden draws Romney rebuke with 'chains' remark
2012-08-15 05:50:31 UTC
DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden sparked a campaign commotion Tuesday, telling an audience in southern Virginia that included hundreds of black voters that Republican Mitt Romney wanted to put them "back in chains" by deregulating Wal...
Joe Biden: There is no distinction between the two
2012-08-14 02:51:42 UTC
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Led by President Barack Obama, Democrats claimed on Monday that Republican challenger Mitt Romney privately backs controversial plans to overhaul Medicare and cut trillions from social programs that his new vice preside...
Ryan's Medicare plan would be tricky to pull off
2012-08-13 21:08:37 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The idea behind Paul Ryan's Medicare plan is to slow growing costs and keep the program more affordable for the long haul.
But it's all in the details. The Republican-backed shift to private insurance plans could saddle future...
Penn State trustees back president on NCAA action
2012-08-13 13:57:28 UTC
They didn't take a formal vote, but the vast majority of Penn State trustees voiced support for the university president's acceptance of severe penalties imposed by the NCAA over the school's handling of a child molestation scandal.
Muddy much? Millions drawn to obstacle courses
2012-08-13 13:52:59 UTC
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — More than 10,000 people trekked to northeastern Pennsylvania to scale walls, leap fire and crawl commando-style through a mud pit topped with barbed wire.
Willingly. For kicks. And they paid money to do it.
Rupert Murdoch Gets His Man As Romney Picks Paul Ryan
2012-08-12 21:13:31 UTC
The media mogul is pumped over Romney's selection of Paul Ryan. Howard Kurtz on the conservative campaign to drum up support for the divisive congressman.
It would be too much to say that Rupert Murdoch pushed Paul Ryan onto the Republican presid...
Democrats seize upon Romney's choice of Ryan
2012-08-12 07:47:45 UTC
CHICAGO (AP) — Democrats pounced on Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday, saying the pick showed a commitment to "budget-busting tax cuts" for the wealthy and greater burdens on the middle class and seni...
Obama team: Romney, Ryan would hurt middle class
2012-08-11 20:08:13 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pounced on Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate Saturday, saying the pick showed a commitment to "budget-busting tax cuts" for the wealthy and greater burdens on the middle class and s...
Romney intends to name Ryan his No. 2
2012-08-11 09:17:18 UTC
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney intends to name Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate for the fall campaign, party officials said early Saturday, turning to the architect of a conservat...
Tough talk: Romney is looking to shift campaign
2012-08-10 22:10:48 UTC
BOSTON (AP) — Mitt Romney faces urgent tasks as he heads into a new phase of the White House race: Repair an image damaged by negative Democratic advertising and shift the trajectory of a campaign that's seen him lose ground to President Barack Ob...
Clinton's Africa trip: Bees, snow _ and dancing
2012-08-10 20:24:56 UTC
COTONOU, Benin (AP) — On an epic journey through Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton braved an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Uganda, escaped a swarm of angry bees in Malawi and witnessed a rare snow in South Africa. She ...
Air Force relieves commander over sex scandal
2012-08-10 20:02:31 UTC
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A widening sex scandal at Lackland Air Force Base has led to the dismissal of the top commander who oversees basic training for every new American airman, officials said Friday.
Col. Glenn Palmer was commander of basic trai...
Obama ad seeks to counter Romney welfare claims
2012-08-10 12:47:30 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's campaign is using a new television ad to combat what it says are false charges from Republican Mitt Romney on welfare.
The ad, titled "Blatant," rebuts Romney's claims that the president removed work r...
Higher gas prices expected after refinery fire
2012-08-10 20:10:44 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Analysts expect West Coast gas prices to rise beyond $4 a gallon after a fire knocked out a key section of one of the nation's largest oil refineries.
Meanwhile, the same U.S. Chemical Safety Board team that investigated th...
White House: Obama opposes Boy Scouts' ban on gays
2012-08-08 22:25:12 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to gays and the Boy Scouts, President Barack Obama and the youth organization he serves as honorary president have agreed to disagree.
The White House on Wednesday said Obama opposes the youth organization's recent...
Obama: Romney would take health care back to 1950s
2012-08-08 22:03:40 UTC
DENVER (AP) — President Barack Obama says Republicans who want to repeal his health care overhaul want to take the country back to policies more suited to the 1950s than to the 21st century.
Speaking to a largely female crowd of 4,000 at a camp...
US Supreme Court allows execution of Texas inmate
2012-08-07 22:22:58 UTC
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Tuesday evening execution of a Texas death row inmate whose lawyers say should be ineligible for the death penalty because of his low IQ.
Marvin Wilson, 54, was sentenc...
Hate music is part of white supremacist circles
2012-08-07 22:08:15 UTC
MILWAUKEE (AP) — When they aren't ranting in Internet forums, many of the nation's white supremacists seek a louder outlet for their extreme views: thunderous, thrashing heavy metal or punk music with lyrics that call for a race war.