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CNN: With nomination clinched, Romney seeks working-class connection
Mitt Romney officially clinched the GOP presidential nomination, then watched his wife deliver a political broadside with a personal touch at the Republican National Convention that seeks to portray the multimillionaire former businessman as a champion of working-class Americans who struggle under the policies of President Barack Obama.
CNN Fact Check: Santorum misleads on 'dependence'
Rick Santorum evoked the homespun values of hard work, education and family in his speech to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night, but his math needs improvement. The former Pennsylvania senator and runner-up in this year's GOP race criticized President Barack Obama during his convention speech for what he called a belief "in government handouts and dependency."
CNN: Rules fight sparks drama at RNC
The Republican National Convention adopted two controversial rules on Tuesday. But a fight over their adoption threw a wrench in the convention's carefully scripted events: pitting the likes of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and grassroots activists on one side with Mitt Romney's campaign and establishment Republicans on the other.
CNN: Democrats in Tampa: What did Romney build?
Democrats wasted no time on Tuesday trying to undercut Republicans as they began their convention, attacking a key GOP message before party luminaries took the spotlight in Tampa. Republicans aggressively pushed their convention theme, "We Built It," while Democrats sought to turn it back on Mitt Romney, who was affirmed as the nominee by a roll call of delegates in the first significant moments of the event.
CNN: Isaac's fury tests New Orleans' post-Katrina flood controls
The fury of Isaac slammed into Louisiana with strong winds and pounding rain, generating the first real test early Wednesday of flood control systems and emergency services in New Orleans on the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. With forecasters warning Isaac was generating dangerous storm surges and flooding from heavy rain, all eyes were on the New Orleans levy system that was rebuilt and reinforced after it failed when Katrina struck in 2005.
CNN: Court rips Texas redistricting plan as discriminatory
Federal judges struck down Texas lawmakers' plans for new congressional and state legislative districts Tuesday, finding the maps were designed to discriminate against minorities. The summary opinion of the three Washington judges declared the redrawn lines were intentionally designed to discriminate against racial and language minorities, noting that Texas officials "did not adequately engage with the evidence" presented.
CNN: Federal authorities still hunting for ex-FBI agent who vanished 2,000 days ago
Wednesday marks day 2,000 since retired FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran, and the State Department is urging Tehran to provide information on his whereabouts. An FBI reward of $1 million for information leading to Levinson's safe return still stands. Levinson, who became a private investigator after retiring from the FBI, was working on a cigarette smuggling case when he disappeared more than five years ago while on a business trip on Iran's Kish island on March 8, 2007.
CNN: Release date moved up for SEAL's book on bin Laden raid
The publisher of a firsthand account of the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden said Tuesday it was moving up its release date by one week to September 4. Dutton, a subsidiary of Penguin Group USA, said the book will come out early because of "overwhelming excitement in the marketplace.".
CNN: Iraq announces 21 people executed in one day
Iraqi authorities executed 21 people, including three women, after they were convicted of terrorism and spent months on death row, the nation's Ministry of Justice reported Tuesday. The prisoners were put to death on Monday in what appears to be the latest of several executions carried out by authorities in recent months, despite a United Nations call for restraint.
CNN: Indian Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Mumbai gunman
The Indian Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the only surviving gunman from the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, prosecution lawyer Gopal Subramaniam said.
CNN: Death toll rises to 3 in bombing in Kenya
Two more police officers died after a grenade attack in Kenya's port city of Mombasa, authorities said Wednesday. In all, Tuesday's attack has left three police officers dead and at least 11 wounded, police said The attack came on the second day of protests after a radical Muslim cleric was killed in the same city Monday by assailants his wife claims were police.
CNN: Pirates hijack Greek-operated tanker off Togo coast
Pirates traded gunfire with Togo security forces early Tuesday from a hijacked oil tanker off the west coast of Africa, the International Maritime Bureau said. A representative for Golden Energy Management, the Greek company that chartered the vessel, said there were 24 crew members on board, all of them Russian. The representative had no information on the condition of the crew and said company officials in Athens have been unable to establish contact with the sailors.
Financial Times: Catalonia heightens Spanish debt fears
Catalonia will request an emergency €5bn credit line from Spain's central government as the region struggles to refinance its debts, underscoring anxieties about the eurozone debt crisis a week before the European Central Bank is expected to unveil details of its revamped bond-buying programme.
CNNMoney: Rules to double U.S. fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2024
The Obama administration finalized new fuel economy rules Tuesday that within 12 years will almost double today's standard for cars and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon. The rules, which have been in the works for several years, will add thousands of dollars to the cost of new cars. But in the long run, regulators say, drivers will spend less on gas, outweighing the additional cost at the dealership. They say the rules will also help reduce the nation's oil imports from OPEC by about half.
CNNMoney: You have 49 FICO credit scores
The credit score you get isn't always the same score a lender looks at when deciding whether to give you a mortgage, credit card or auto loan. In fact, the lender could be looking at one of 49 different scores issued by credit scoring company FICO in order to determine how risky you are, according to a new infographic created by Credit Sesame and John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at SmartCredit.com and a former manager at FICO.
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Some of the biggest names in the Republican Party took to the stage to show support for Mitt Romney.
The women look at mrs rommey as a rich woman trying to pretend to understand middleclass women she look fake. she stayed home and she had help. a maid and nanny. Please.
If we have guts, get rid of entire GOP held congress idiots which is hurting this nation than ever before. Obama12.
What working class flip flopper. The workers in India, China and Mexico that have jobs thanks to you.
At least the Obama Administration is doing something for our economy unlike the twit who told Detroit (from his own home state where the trees are the right heigth) to go bankrupt themselves.
Face it, no matter what these clowns and that non working wife and the token minority speakers say. People pretty much know who they are voting for right now and from I hear it's not the lying tax cheating creep from Utah.