August 16th, 2012
12:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Weapons, assault charges for suspect in conservative council shooting

Washington (CNN) - The suspect in the shooting at the Family Research Council walked into the headquarters of the conservative group armed with a 9 mm pistol and shot a security guard after telling him, "I don't like your politics," authorities said in a criminal complaint filed Thursday.

The complaint accuses Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, of a federal firearms violation and assault with intent to kill.

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Filed under: Family Research Council • Washington
Obama makes surprise visit to DNC
August 16th, 2012
12:03 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama makes surprise visit to DNC

(CNN) – President Barack Obama made the brief drive to the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington Thursday to thank staff members there for their work on his re-election effort.

Obama – who has no campaign events scheduled for Thursday – just finished a three-day swing through Iowa, where he hammered his Republican opponent Mitt Romney for everything from his stance on wind energy to his position on Medicare.
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Whose Medicare plan cuts more?
August 16th, 2012
10:46 AM ET
2 years ago

Whose Medicare plan cuts more?

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, are accusing President Obama of hurting seniors by slashing $716 billion out of Medicare.

Obama, meanwhile, is attacking Ryan for wanting to "end Medicare as we know it."

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Dem group hammers Michigan Republican on Ryan budget
August 16th, 2012
08:23 AM ET
2 years ago

Dem group hammers Michigan Republican on Ryan budget

(CNN) – The group charged with electing Democrats to the House of Representatives released their first ad hitting a Republican for supporting Paul Ryan's budget plan Thursday, less than a week after the House Budget chairman was named as Mitt Romney's running mate.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released the spot hitting Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Michigan, as their first independent expenditure ad of the 2012 cycle.
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Filed under: DCCC • Medicare
August 16th, 2012
07:44 AM ET
2 years ago

Battlegrounds: Iowa's six electoral votes could be decisive

Editor's note: The 2012 presidential race is CNN Chief National Correspondent John King's seventh campaign. King is traveling through battleground states, where the election will be decided, to find the voters who will determine whether President Barack Obama gets a second term or if the country needs the change in direction that Mitt Romney represents.

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - A visit to the Iowa State Fair is a test of diet discipline: They fry just about everything - from Oreos to butter to mac & cheese - and the bigger the better, from half-pound tenderloins to massive turkey legs and pork chops.

Not much changes from year to year. There's the butter cow, nightly entertainment at the grandstand, arcade games and amusement rides.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa
VP 'almosts' added to convention speakers list
August 16th, 2012
07:40 AM ET
2 years ago

VP 'almosts' added to convention speakers list

(CNN) – A few of the "could have been" running mates for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney were added to the list of speakers for this month's Republican National Convention Thursday, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

All four names were considered potential vice presidential picks for Romney, who on Saturday announced House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his running mate. Jindal campaigns for Romney Thursday in Virginia.
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On the Trail: Thursday, August 16
August 16th, 2012
07:06 AM ET
2 years ago

On the Trail: Thursday, August 16

(CNN) - After a jam-packed three days on the campaign trail, President Obama and Vice President Biden are back in Washington and Mitt Romney is holding fund-raisers. Paul Ryan, Romney's running mate, holds campaign events in Ohio and Virginia.

See the full schedule after the jump.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • On the Trail • President Obama
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, August 16, 2012
August 16th, 2012
05:15 AM ET
2 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, August 16, 2012

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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CNN: Poll: No instant impact from Ryan on horserace
A new national poll indicates that Mitt Romney's announcement of House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan as his running mate has not made an immediate impact on the race for the White House.

CNN: Obama, Booker defend Biden 'chains' remarks
President Obama and Newark Mayor Cory Booker defended a controversial remark made by Joe Biden on Tuesday, affirming their support of the vice president in interviews Wednesday and urging the remarks to be taken in context. Obama told People Magazine that Biden's remarks meant "you, consumers, the American people, will be a lot worse off if we repeal these (Wall Street reform) laws, as the other side is suggesting."

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