Politics

4:44pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Presidential Race

Ryan's Speech Provides Fodder For Fact-Checkers

Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 9:36 am

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

Tonight, Mitt Romney accepts his party's nomination for president, as the Republican National Convention wraps up in Tampa. Last night, it was his running mate Paul Ryan's turn. And in his speech, Ryan made a number of statements that have made this a busy day for fact-checkers. Among them, Glenn Kessler, who writes the Fact Checker column for The Washington Post.

Glenn, welcome to the program.

GLENN KESSLER: Thank you for having me.

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4:43pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Presidential Race

Romney's Road To The Nomination A Bumpy One

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:09 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Tonight, Mitt Romney formally accepts the Republican Party's nomination to be president of the United States. The path to a presidential nomination is never smooth, but by Republican Party standards, this year's primary campaign was pretty choppy. NPR's Ari Shapiro has this look back.

ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: Mitt Romney launched this campaign on June 2nd, 2011, at a farm in New Hampshire.

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4:39pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

As Convention Day Winds Down, Tampa Hosts Republican (And Other) Parties

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:09 pm

NPR's Cheryl Corley and producer Brakkton Booker followed Tuesday's Republican National Convention events with a trip to Tampa's trendy Ybor City neighborhood.
Brakkton Booker NPR

In Tampa, "Republican Party" can take on a whole new meaning as it gets later in the convention day. That's when delegates, lobbyists, business executives and others begin to mingle, filling up the city's nightspots.

NPR producer Brakkton Booker and I began Tuesday night with a trip to 7th Street in Ybor City, the Tampa neighborhood made famous for its cigar factories of the past. Now it's a mix of restaurants, bars and trendy shops similar to New Orleans' Bourbon Street.

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4:34pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Election 2012

Republicans Still Need To Win Over Women

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:09 pm

For Mitt Romney to win the presidency, he'll have to close the gender gap. Polls show female voters favor President Obama over Romney by wide margins. Robert Siegel sat down with Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire to ask her about women and the GOP.

4:34pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Law

Federal Court Rejects Texas' Voter ID Law As Unfair

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:09 pm

A federal three judge panel has struck down a new voter ID law in Texas, ruling that it would disproportionately harm Hispanic and African American voters, who are less likely to have the required photo identification. Pam Fessler talks to Melissa Block.

4:34pm

Thu August 30, 2012
Law

Judge Throws Out Parts Of New Florida Voting Law

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 6:09 pm

Melissa Block speaks with Matt Dixon, statehouse reporter for The Florida Times-Union, about a provision of a Florida law that tightened submission deadlines for groups running voter registration drives. It changed them from 10 days after they had been filled out to 48 hours, with a $1,000-a-day late fine. A U.S. district judge now plans to file a permanent injunction against the law.

3:16pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Report: Clint Eastwood Will Make Republicans' Day

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 3:49 pm

If CNN's John King is right, Dirty Harry is indeed tonight's "mystery speaker":

"Clint Eastwood is the #gop mystery speaker for Thurs night. #cnnelections"

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2:47pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Janesville Debate: Dissecting Ryan's Claim, Obama's 'Promise' & The Facts

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 10:02 am

Weeds were already growing in the parking lot outside the GM assembly plant in Janesville, Wis., on May 4, 2009.
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There are claims flying back and forth today over whether Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan has falsely accused President Obama of breaking a promise to make sure a GM plant in Ryan's hometown stayed open.

We posted earlier about Ryan's words in his acceptance speech Wednesday and the "false" rating they got from PolitiFact.com.

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12:42pm

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

CNN Camerawoman: Racial Taunts Aimed At Her Could Happen Anywhere

"This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue," CNN camerawoman Patricia Carroll, in an interview with an institute that promotes diversity in the news media, says of the ugly racial taunts directed her way Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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11:58am

Thu August 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney's Need To Please Tugs In Different Directions

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 12:57 pm

Analysts say one of Mitt Romney's goals in tonight's speech as he accepts the GOP presidential nomination is to "establish some connection" with Americans who are struggling.
Michael Conroy AP

Mitt Romney has a tough to-do list.

He has to walk an ideological tightrope. As he accepts the GOP presidential nomination tonight, Romney will try to fire up partisans in the convention hall and watching at home, without turning off moderates and independent voters.

He also has to convey certain intangible qualities. The former Massachusetts governor will want to appear presidential while also attempting to lift his low "likability" ratings.

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