President and his news conference


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President Obama holds a news conference at the White House. August 20, 2012.



This Week’s Top 3 On ThinkProgr​ess: The Paul Ryan Edition


This week was full of news about Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick, Paul Ryan. Here are three important stories about Romney’s selection that you don’t want to miss:

1. 12 Things You Should Know About Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan

2. INFOGRAPHIC: Everything You Need To Know About Romney’s Dishonesty On Medicare

3. After Documents Show Paul Ryan Secured $20 Million In Stimulus Grants, He Claims ‘I Never Asked For Stimulus’


Igor Volsky Deputy Editor, ThinkProgress

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Garry Kasparov Faces Jail Over Pussy Riot Protest (Video)

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Garry Kasparov was speaking to reporters outside the Moscow courthouse where the sentencing of the band Pussy Riot was taking place. Suddenly he was violently seized by police and forced onto a bus. Later he was beaten by a group of police. The police department has announced they are investigating whether Kasparov bit and injured an officer. The officer in question is highlighted in this video striking Kasparov with his fist. At no time during or after beating Kasparov does the officer show any sign of injury. The officer stays at the scene after Kasparov is forced onto the bus for the second time and the officer uses both of his hands to adjust his vest.