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GOP team addresses America Saturday

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After frenzied, final decision-making, Donald Trump announced Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate Friday, adding an experienced politician with deep Washington connections to the Republican presidential ticket. Trump’s pick was aimed in part at easing some Republicans’ concerns about his temperament and lack of political experience. Pence spent 12 years in Congress before being elected governor and his demeanor is as calm as Trump’s is fiery. While some conservatives are skeptical of Trump’s political leanings, Pence has been…

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Running mate Mike Pence: Conservative but not angry about it

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As a conservative talk-radio host in the 1990s, Mike Pence described himself as “Rush Limbaugh on decaf.” Two decades later, Pence is the unflappable conservative governor of Indiana who’s being plucked by Republican presidential contender Donald Trump as his running mate. Where Trump is impulsive, Pence is cool-headed. Where Trump makes conservatives suspicious, Pence has credibility. And where Trump struggles to draw evangelical Christians, Pence is well-regarded by them. A favorite quote highlights how Pence might smooth some of the…

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John Kasich dropping out of prez race; Donald Trump on clear GOP path

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is leaving the Republican presidential contest, giving Donald Trump a clear path to his party’s nomination. Kasich will announce the end of his underdog White House bid on Wednesday, according to three campaign officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the candidate’s plans. The decision comes a day after Trump’s only other rival, Ted Cruz, dropped out. With no opponents left in the race, Trump becomes the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee to…

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Broncos vow not to make same mistake and overlook Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers stagger into Denver with an ailing Ben Roethlisberger, who won’t have his leading rusher or his top receiver against the league’s best defense Sunday. So what? The Steelers (11-6) are deep even without All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown (concussion) and running back DeAngelo Williams (foot), and the Broncos insist Big Ben can go deep even with a sprained throwing shoulder. The Broncos (12-4) swear they won’t make the same mistake they did last year, either. They were in…

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Injuries force teams to clear the bench

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The list of key players injured this season would make even some coaches shudder. Particularly when they see who has to fill in. A look at just the running backs who have been sidelined in 2015 is foreboding: Jamaal Charles, Le’Veon Bell, Justin Forsett, Arian Foster, Chris Johnson, Mark Ingram, Carlos Hyde, and Reggie Bush. Does anyone from Dallas to Baltimore to Indianapolis need to be reminded of the quarterbacks who have gone down? Of the nearly 50 linebackers out,…

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Is Indy’s Andrew Luck healthy enough to give Carolina its first loss?

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The pressure is mounting on the head coach. People are speculating as to how badly the quarterback is hurt. There is no running game. And the Indianapolis Colts are one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL. Also, they’re in first place. How does this happen? The Colts, as mediocre as they have been in the NFL’s first half of the season, lead the weak AFC South despite their 3-4 record. That’s what happens when a team has to compete…

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A tale of two cities: Tampa and Salt Lake in contention for hosting ’12 GOP convention

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Tampa has made the list of final four cities being considered to host the Republican National Convention in 2012, according to the St. Petersburg Times’ political blog. No word on who the other finalists might be, but the Salt Lake Tribune reported over the weekend that Salt Lake City also is on the list. Other cities that were believed to have put in bids include Las Vegas, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Antonio, Houston and Indianapolis. I mocked up…

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