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CNN Poll: Which candidate is better on the issues?
President Barack Obama has a big advantage over Mitt Romney on social issues and a smaller margin on foreign policy, but according to a new national survey the Republican challenger has the edge on the economy, issue number one with American voters. A CNN/ORC International poll released Sunday also indicates there are a lot of issues where neither candidate has an appreciable edge, and many of them – including welfare, taxes, health care, and Medicare – have been fodder recently for both presidential campaigns.
CNN: Breaking rules: Obama, Romney try to rain on each other's parade
When President Barack Obama's campaign announced plans for a full-court press while Republicans hold their convention in Tampa, Florida, this week, some veteran political watchers marked the end of an era. After all, as much as there has ever been accepted "rules" of presidential politics, it was once a given that the opposing candidate ceded the convention week to his rival - it was the polite thing to do.
CNN: New GOP convention schedule released
Republican officials on Sunday released a new schedule for this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, one day after announcing the gathering would be postponed by a day due to weather conditions related to Tropical Storm Isaac.
CNN: Paul to supporters: 2012 the start of a new era, you have a responsibility
Rep. Ron Paul's third presidential bid is set to come to its formal end at the Republican National Convention, Paul sought to rally his loyal supporters with talk of a new era in American history. After striking the familiar chords of the libertarian themes that have pervaded his two presidential bids in the last five years, Paul told the gathering that after a century of failed policies capped by the recent financial crisis and still struggling economy, a new era is starting.
CNN: Eerie similarities: Isaac follows track of Katrina, evacuations ordered for coast
Thousands in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were being told early Monday to leave their Gulf Coast homes ahead of the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac as forecasters warned it was gaining strength as it followed the same path Hurricane Katrina took seven years earlier.
CNN: Court to hear challenge to South Carolina voter ID law
South Carolina officials head to federal court on Monday to defend a controversial new voter identification law, dismissing suggestions the requirement would deny tens of thousands of people, many of them minorities, access to the ballot.
CNN: Police: All Empire State shooting victims were wounded by officers
On a busy Friday morning in Manhattan, nine pedestrians suffered bullet or fragment wounds after police unleashed a hail of gunfire at a man wielding a .45 caliber pistol who had just killed a former co-worker. The officers unloaded 16 rounds in the shadow of the Empire State Building at a disgruntled former apparel designer, killing him after he engaged in a gun battle with police, authorities said.
CNN: Neil Armstrong, a hero who shunned fame
What was, in retrospect, most heroic about Neil Alden Armstrong, who died Saturday at age 82, was the manner in which he shied away from the spoils and trappings of heroism itself. Being the first man on the moon, after all, would seem to place you on top of the world, providing a kind of lifetime pass to wherever you wanted to go - and whatever you wanted to be.
CNN: At least 150 reported killed across Syria; activist says families executed
A day after more than 440 bodies were recovered - the highest single-day death toll to date in the nation's civil war - at least 160 more people were found dead in Syria on Sunday. Here are some of the latest key developments in the country's 17-month crisis.
CNN: Afghan ministry: Taliban beheads 17 people
Taliban insurgents beheaded 17 civilians, including two women, in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, the nation's Interior Ministry said Monday. The attack took place Sunday in the Kajaki District, according to the ministry and the provincial government.
CNN: Major earthquake hits off coast of El Salvador
A powerful magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off the coast of El Salvador late Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The epicenter of the quake was about 177 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of the capital, San Salvador, and took place nearly 33 miles underground. A tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for El Salvador and the neighboring countries of Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Mexico.
CNN: Haqqani network militant killed, Afghanistan says
A militant leader blamed for high-profile attacks in Afghanistan, including last year's 20-hour attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, has been killed, an Afghan official said Sunday. Badruddin Haqqani was a leader of the Haqqani Network, a Taliban-affiliated group that operates from North Waziristan in Pakistan. His father, Jalaluddin Haqqani, founded the group.
Financial Times: Insurers face big agriculture losses
The insurance industry faces its biggest ever loss in agriculture as the worst drought to hit the US in more than half a century devastates the country's multibillion-dollar corn and soyabean crops, triggering large claims.
CNNMoney: Stocks: Investors await Bernanke speech
Don't expect another quiet week on Wall Street. Though volume will likely remain light during the final week of summer, trading could get choppy this week as investors gear up for Ben Bernanke's closely watched annual speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Hopes are high that the whole debate over will-they-or-won't-they take steps to stimulate the economy may finally near a settlement when the Fed chief takes the stage on Friday.
CNNMoney: Lance Armstrong keeps Nike, Anheuser-Busch deals
Nike and Anheuser-Busch are sticking with Lance Armstrong, even as the embattled cycling champ is at risk of losing his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles due to doping allegations. The US Anti-Doping Agency banned Armstrong for life from competition Thursday and said Armstrong should be stripped of his Tour titles after Armstrong announced he would drop his challenge to the agency's doping charges.
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