• Judy Oakleaf (L) and US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) listen as US President Barack Obama speaks before dinner at Mintwood Place restaurant August 20, 2012 in Washington, DC.

    The president will be holding campaign events in Iowa, Colorado and Virginia next week as Republicans gather in Tampa, Fla.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 24, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT
  • Vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.

    The VP contender will stop urging Missouri Congressman to drop Senate bid. 

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 24, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT
  • Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, before hearing testimony from Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf during a hearing on the Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2011-2021.

    A new recession is likely if a stalemate over tax and spending cuts continues between Democrats and Republicans, according to dire projections by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 24, 2012, 4:32 AM EDT
  • In this Feb 18, 2012 file photo, Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, waves to the crowd while introduced at a senate candidate forum during a Republican conference in Kansas City, Mo. The two losing candidates in the Republican primary for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat are getting renewed attention after Akin's comments about rape on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.

    Missouri Rep. Todd Akin apologized for his comments that women's bodies are able to prevent pregnancies if they are victims of "a legitimate rape," but he refused to heed calls to abandon his bid for the Senate.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 23, 2012, 5:05 AM EDT