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Self-assured, Kaine brings a steady hand to Clinton ticket
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Tim Kaine has an Election Day tradition when his name is on the ballot. The avid outdoorsman votes early, then goes hiking in the woods with friends and family for a few hours of calm away from the nervous last-minute energy of political campaigns....

Delegates: Clinton VP pick solid, may not help Dem unity
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Delegates to the Democratic National Convention gave mostly positive reviews to Hillary Clinton's choice for vice president Friday, saying he will appeal to moderates but also do little to soothe disenchanted Bernie Sanders supporters....

How Hillary Clinton chose Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her VP
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton's search for a vice president started with a commanding victory in the New York primary and a special delivery in a plastic Duane Reed bag. Three months later, it ended with a phone call to a shipyard office, where Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine was waiting....

Clinton and Kaine to debut as Democratic ticket in Florida
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine will debut as a presidential ticket in the crucial battleground state of Florida as they head toward next week's Democratic Party convention....

Trump's criticism of Cruz renews questions about temperament
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Donald Trump followed the script in his big speech to the Republican National Convention. Less than 12 hours later, he was free-form again, Trump being Trump, resurrecting a conspiracy theory linking the father of his chief rival from the primaries to John F. Kennedy's assassination....

Safe GOP convention boosts Cleveland's image to the world
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Cleveland's safe and successful turn as host of the Republican National Convention has helped establish it as an ideal location for large events but also a city that people will consider when deciding where to live and do business, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said Friday....

Obama rejects Trump depiction of US in crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama fiercely rejected Donald Trump's depiction of an America in crisis on Friday, arguing that violent crime and illegal immigration have plunged under his leadership to their lowest rates in decades....

Critics: Trump speech signals shift to coded race language
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- During the primaries, Donald Trump threw red-meat rhetoric to supporters, pledging to build a wall on the Mexico border and to ban Muslim immigrants. He even told at least one crowd that he wanted to punch a demonstrator who disrupted an event....

The Latest: Democratic delegates mostly positive about Kaine
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Campaign 2016 between the Republican and Democratic nominating conventions (all times local):...

Trump takes time from victory lap to swat at Ted Cruz
CLEVELAND (AP) -- A day after accepting the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump pivoted back to the GOP primaries on Friday, choosing to re-litigate a pair of monthsold battles with rival Ted Cruz....

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