Top handicappers alter outlook on Senate battle in Missouri
August 22nd, 2012
09:07 AM ET
2 years ago

Top handicappers alter outlook on Senate battle in Missouri

(CNN) - Two of the top non-partisan political handicappers are altering their ratings of the U.S. Senate race in Missouri following a massive controversy surrounding the Republican challenger, Rep. Todd Akin.

The Cook Political Report Tuesday moved their ranking of the contest from "toss up" to "likely Democrat" and the Rothenberg Political Report from "toss-up/tilt Republican" to pure "toss up."
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Filed under: Missouri • Senate
On the Trail: Wednesday, August 22
August 22nd, 2012
08:34 AM ET
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On the Trail: Wednesday, August 22

(CNN) - Mitt Romney returns to Iowa Wednesday for a campaign event in Bettendorf then heads to Little Rock, Arkansas for an evening fund-raiser.

Republican running mate Paul Ryan will continue a week-long swing-state tour with campaign events in Virginia and North Carolina Wednesday.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama will continue a two-day swing through Nevada Wednesday with a morning stop in Las Vegas. The president will then fly to New York City for the so-called "Obama Classic" fund-raiser at the Lincoln Center.

First lady Michelle Obama will visit Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida to meet with military families and announce a major veterans and military spouse employment milestone for the Administration and Joining Forces. The first lady will then head to Fort Lauderdale to deliver remarks at a campaign event.

Vice President Joseph Biden will attend a campaign rally and two closed campaign events in Detroit Wednesday.

The Republican Standing Committee on Rules will meet Wednesday afternoon in Tampa ahead of the Republican Convention next week.

See the full schedule after the jump.
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Filed under: 2012 • On the Trail
August 22nd, 2012
08:04 AM ET
2 years ago

Akin takes on 'party bosses,' insists he 'can win this race'

(CNN) - A pariah among what he calls "party bosses," Republican Rep. Todd Akin turned to the Internet on Wednesday to help pay for a U.S. Senate campaign that's lost funding since his controversial remark about rape and pregnancy.

Akin, no longer the expected beneficiary of millions of dollars from GOP and outside groups, asked supporters via Twitter to put in a few bucks.

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Filed under: Abortion • Missouri
Romney's education plans target of new Obama ad
August 22nd, 2012
07:57 AM ET
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Romney's education plans target of new Obama ad

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's stance on class sizes in public schools came under fire Wednesday from President Barack Obama's campaign, which released a television spot featuring parents who say their children benefit from lower student-to-teacher ratios.

The ad, called "Children," will air in Ohio and Virginia on Thursday, the campaign said. Those states are key battlegrounds where Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman running as Romney's vice presidential pick, has campaigned this week.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
More women: DNC announces new speakers
Caroline Kennedy will be one of several women to address the Democratic National Convention.
August 22nd, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

More women: DNC announces new speakers

(CNN)– Nine additional Democratic women, many with ties to specific voting blocks, will address the national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Democratic National Convention Committee said Wednesday.

The list includes Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin; Georgetown student Sandra Fluke; Caroline Kennedy; Lilly Ledbetter; Eva Longoria, a co-chair of the Obama campaign; former Assistant Veterans Affairs Secretary Tammy Duckworth; Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

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Team Romney unveils another Medicare ad
August 22nd, 2012
05:00 AM ET
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Team Romney unveils another Medicare ad

(CNN)- Mitt Romney's campaign continued its Medicare blitz against President Barack Obama in a new television ad Wednesday, targeting the president over his sweeping health care reform law.

The 30-second spot, "Nothing's Free," blasts the health care law as legislation that would financially harm middle class Americans.

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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Health care • Medicare • Mitt Romney
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
August 22nd, 2012
04:30 AM ET
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POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Wednesday, August 22, 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: Feds: Man arrested for e-mailing threats against Obama
Secret Service agents arrested a Washington man Tuesday for making threats against President Barack Obama, a spokesman with the agency said. The man was identified as Anton Caluori, 31, according to Brian Leary of the Secret Service. Leary said the FBI notified the Secret Service about "alarming e-mails."

CNN: Akin defies mounting calls to withdraw from Senate race
Republican Rep. Todd Akin allowed a state deadline to pass Tuesday, defiantly staying in the race to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill despite mounting calls for him to withdraw over incendiary remarks on rape and pregnancy. Under Missouri law, Akin would now need to get a court order to pull out of the race as he waited beyond the 5 p.m. deadline. He would also be required to pay for any necessary reprinting of ballots.

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Romney gives Barbara Bush Texas-sized accolades
August 22nd, 2012
01:30 AM ET
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Romney gives Barbara Bush Texas-sized accolades

(CNN) - Mitt Romney ventured to the Texas hometown of George W. Bush for a fundraising event Tuesday, and sang high praises of the former president's mother, Barbara Bush.

"I've met Barbara Bush a number of times. Is there any mom who's had more impact than that woman? On her husband? On her sons?" the presumptive GOP nominee said in front of the crowd in Midland.

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Filed under: 2012 • Barbara Bush • Mitt Romney
Ryan blames Obama for scheduled defense cuts
August 22nd, 2012
01:11 AM ET
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Ryan blames Obama for scheduled defense cuts

West Chester, Pennsylvania (CNN) – Mitt Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan blamed President Barack Obama for insisting on “irresponsible defense cuts” during last year’s budget negotiations, which the House Budget Committee chairman, himself, helped guide and pass through Congress.

“President Obama’s reckless defense cuts that are hanging over our cloud, hanging over the horizon, could put almost 44,000 jobs at stake right here in Pennsylvania. We are not going to let that happen,” Paul said Tuesday.

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Filed under: 2012 • Budget • Department of Defense • Paul Ryan • President Obama
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