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LIVE BLOG AND VIDEO: From the Republican National Convention in Tampa

UPDATE: Scroll down for the live blog from the convention floor, where you can participate along with executive editor Megan Carpentier. After taking a short hiatus due to Tropical Storm Isaac, the Republican National Convention resumed Tuesday. Republican speakers on Tuesday include House Speaker John Boehner, former presidential candidate and…

Paul Ryan redefining rape as ‘forcible rape’ was just ‘stock language’

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan on Monday insisted that wording in a bill that he co-sponsored with Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), which Democrats say would have redefined rape as “forcible rape,” was just “stock language.” Under the proposed “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” only victims of “forcible rape”…

AZ Governor: Republicans losing Latino vote because Obama is ‘race-baiting’

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) angrily accused the Obama administration Monday of “race-baiting” in an effort to wrest Latino voters from the Republican party. In an interview with Politico, Brewer said there was “no doubt” in her mind that Obama, through his campaign, was accusing her party of being “bigots.”…

Watch live: New Orleans mayor holds presser on Isaac

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu holds a news conference on Isaac, which has officially been upgraded to a category 1 hurricane status, on Tuesday. President Barack Obama already declared a state of emergency in Louisiana on Tuesday morning and New Orleans is bracing for Isaac. Update (8/24/12 at 12:25 p.m.…

Bachmann: GOP is ‘a party of women’ because I won straw poll

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) dismissed the idea of a Republican war on women Tuesday morning because she won the Iowa straw poll during her failed presidential campaign. Bachmann appeared on Fox & Friends to fire back at the accusations against her party’s policies regarding reproductive rights, saying they have come…

Rove counting on ‘white Democrats’ to vote for Romney

Republican strategist Karl Rove says that part of Mitt Romney’s plan to win the White House has to include getting “white Democrats” not to vote for President Barack Obama. During a discussion with Politico’s Mike Allen on Monday, Rove made it clear that politics had actually become more racialized since…

Maddow: Tea Party group will use whites to question black voters

On Monday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow talked about the group True the Vote, and how that group is planning on posting white operatives in black voting precincts on election day to challenge those voters’ authenticity. The fact that the Republican Party is using suppression of…

David Letterman presents ‘Ann and Mitt Romney Lies’

Monday night on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” host David Letterman premiered a new segment called “Ann and Mitt Romney Lies.” “Ann,” he said, “The lovely Ann Romney, married to, uh…MITCH Romney.” Letterman then rolled a clip of a Fox News interview with presumptive Republican nominee Gov. Mitt Romney…

Granholm: GOP only pro-life on one side of the cervical wall

Current TV host Jennifer Granholm on Monday said that while the Republican Party considered itself “pro-life,” they were more concerned with the unborn than the recently born. “Republicans are definitely pro-birth,” she said. “They will do everything they can to make sure the baby comes out, regardless of how it…

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien confronts director of Citizens United’s anti-Obama film

CNN host Soledad O’Brien on Monday questioned Steve Bannon of Breitbart.com over falsehoods in his new movie The Hope and The Change. The film, a project of the conservative group Citizens United, highlights 40 Democrats and Independents who voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 but no longer support him.…

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