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August 27, 2012 | Seema Mehta
Ron Paul marked the end of his presidential ambitions at a raucous rally Sunday night with a message to the Republican establishment. To those who believe that his impending retirement from Congress marks the end of the movement he inspired, he scoffed: "Don't they only wish!" Paul told thousands of supporters at the University of South Florida's Sun Dome that his followers' pursuit of basic liberty and strict adherence to the Constitution was stronger than ever. "It's coming about, not only because I believe we're right on the issues, but what is coming out right now is proof positive that their philosophy of government -- foreign policy, monetary policy or economic policy -- is failing and they need to do something different," Paul said.
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BUSINESS
August 27, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- When the political parties gathered for their nominating conventions four years ago, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke was largely unknown. Now, after the Fed's unprecedented actions to deal with the financial crisis and Great Recession, he's become a central villain for people who blame Washington -- particularly the Fed -- for the nation's economic trauma. "Ben Bernanke is a traitor, a dictator. He's rotting out our republic," South Carolina state Sen. Tom Davis, a Republican, said to a standing ovation and chants of "End the Fed" during a rally in Tampa on Sunday of thousands of supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
NEWS
August 26, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
TAMPA, Fla. - The looming hurricane may have dampened the Republican convention Sunday, but not the Ron Paul rally. Miles away from the barricaded convention center site in downtown Tampa, a robust and typically energized crowd was convention-ing away at the University of South Florida's Sun Dome. "Ron Paul! Ron Paul!" the near-capacity crowd cheered, thundering through the indoor arena long before the libertarian-leaning congressman was even scheduled to take the stage. "I am Ron Paul," announced a handmade banner hanging from the railing from the midsection seats.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2012 | By Scott Collins
CNN is planning nearly round-the-clock coverage of the Democratic and Republican national conventions. Here's a look at what some other networks have in store: ABC: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will co-anchor coverage during the 10 p.m. hour during both the Democratic and GOP conventions. In addition, ABC News is teaming with Yahoo to offer more than 30 hours of streaming coverage online. ABC will also tap a recent deal with Spanish-language broadcaster Univision for news content aimed at Latino viewers.
NEWS
August 25, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- On the eve of the GOP convention in Tampa, Republican leaders in Congress tapped Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a tea party favorite, to deliver the weekly address. The choice gives a nod to the strength power of the libertarian flank of the party and political currency of the Paul family brand. His father, the GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul, is holding an alternative event Sunday outside the main convention hall, and the senator has a speaking role at the convention on Monday.
NEWS
August 24, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
The marquee night of next week's Republican National Convention will feature testimonials from individuals who worked with Mitt Romney in his local church - the most expansive discussion yet by the GOP hopeful's campaign of his Mormon faith. A senior Romney official who briefed reporters Friday morning said that among the representatives of the church who will be featured Thursday would be someone who followed him as the leader of the faith community and who would talk "about what it was like to fill Gov. Romney's shoes.
NEWS
August 24, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
TAMPA, Fla. - The first day of Paul Festival, a three-day celebration of Ron Paul and the movement he led, kicked off Friday with a sparsely attended gathering in the cavernous hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Organizers had initially hoped 40,000 would attend the three-day event, but are now hoping for 5,000, attributing the smaller numbers to Paul throwing his own rally on Sunday and the possibility of inclement weather. On Friday afternoon, hundreds listened to bands and speakers, and meandered through an exhibition hall that featured not only vendors hawking Paul gear and gold, but also booths for the John Birch Society, Scientology and a three-day “Ron Paul Cruise 2013” to the Bahamas.
NEWS
August 20, 2012 | By Paul West
TAMPA, Fla. - It didn't take long for strains within the Republican Party to surface Monday as national delegates got down to work on a final draft of the party platform, one week before the nominating convention opens. Ron Paul delegates are making a diligent effort to wedge the defeated presidential candidate's libertarian ideas into the party document. Among them: curbing the power of the Federal Reserve, enhancing the constitutional rights of individuals and opposing the overseas role of U.S. military forces.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — Hoisting a once-fringe issue into the political mainstream, the House overwhelmingly approved a long-fought proposal by Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) to require an audit of the Federal Reserve. Not only tea party stalwarts but also rank-and-file Republicans and dozens of Democrats voted for the measure Wednesday — a reflection of the rising influence of the former presidential contender's brand of libertarianism on American politics as he prepares to leave Congress. Rep. Jim Matheson, a Utah Democrat who is in a tough reelection battle, said in a tweet that he would vote for the bill.
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - Hoisting a once-fringe issue into the political mainstream, the House overwhelmingly approved Republican Rep. Ron Paul's long-fought proposal to require an audit of the Federal Reserve. Not only tea party stalwarts but rank-and-file Republicans and dozens of Democrats voted for the measure Wednesday - a reflection of the rising influence of the former presidential contender's brand of libertarianism on American politics as he prepares to leave Congress. Rep. Jim Matheson, a Utah Democrat who is in a tough reelection battle, said in a tweet that he would vote for the bill.
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