August 17th, 2012
11:21 PM ET

Rivalry between Obama and Ryan

President Obama and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan were adversaries before the 2012 election. CNN's Joe Johns reports.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Paul Ryan • President Barack Obama
August 17th, 2012
11:10 PM ET

Comparing Ryan and Romney's tax returns

Paul Ryan released tax returns showing he paid a 16% rate in 2010 and a 20% rate in 2011. That's more than Mitt Romney who said yesterday that he never paid less than a 13% effective federal tax rate.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Mitt Romney • Paul Ryan • Taxes
August 17th, 2012
10:55 PM ET

Criticism of Ryan and Biden messages

This week on the campaign trail, Joe Biden was targeted for his use of the word "chains," and Paul Ryan was attacked for his record on the stimulus. Erick Erickson and Maria Cardona argue which party came out on top.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan • Raw Politics
August 17th, 2012
10:50 PM ET

Dash cam video before Chavis Carter death

Police release video that shows their interactions with Chavis Carter before the shooting. They say he killed himself while handcuffed behind his back in a squad car.

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Filed under: Crime & Punishment
August 17th, 2012
10:41 PM ET

KTH: Paul Ryan accused of stimulus flip-flop

Ryan opposed the stimulus, but letters from his office request funds. Soledad O'Brien looks at claims from both sides.

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Filed under: 2012 Election • Keeping Them Honest • Paul Ryan • Stimulus
August 17th, 2012
09:20 PM ET

Animals take refuge in Washington

After the devastating wildfires, one Washington fairgrounds has turned into a giant refugee center for as many as 400 animals. CNN's Dan Simon reports.

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Filed under: Wildfires
August 17th, 2012
09:06 PM ET

Letters to the President #1306: 'Bullies around the bully pulpit'

Reporter's Note: I write to President Obama every single day. I hope he is listening.

Dear Mr. President,

I must say that I am sorely disappointed at the notion that people are increasingly showing up at political rallies simple to shout down the speakers. Now, I believe in free speech as much as the next idiot with an opinion, but it seems to me that this tactic falls into an entirely different category. I do not care if the victim is a Democrat, Republican, or a member of the Bull Moose Party.

Simply shouting out to keep someone else from speaking is the adult equivalent of a toddler clamping his hands over his ears and yelling "yayayayayayayayayayayay" over and over when a parent tries to tell him something he'd rather not hear. Actually, the toddler has the advantage of arguably not knowing any better. He is just being a child. The adult is being a jerk.

I know that you have encountered some of this behavior, and you've tried to handle it with grace. But I think we would be well served if leaders in both major parties would make it hugely clear how wrong this kind of activism is; and they should do so specifically when it is being used against an opponent. How can we ever actually debate issues if this becomes an accepted form of political participation?

Funny thing, I always find myself listening much more closely to any speaker when protestors try to shout him or her down. After all, I figure if the message is so compelling that the only way to fight it is to yell until it can't be heard, then it is probably well worth consideration.

Give a call if you have a moment. Are you still considering my suggestion that you invite Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi to the White House?