Political Headlines - August 17, 2012

Here are the top POLITICAL headlines from today: 

  • Afghan war barely echoes in US: The longest war in American history commands little attention or debate - in the halls of Congress, on the presidential campaign trail, or in the public square. Globe political reporter Bryan Bender writes.


  • Points amiss in Romney's ads on welfare: Campaign ads attacking President Obama for a plan to "gut welfare reform" have been criticized by fact checkers but are resonating with some swing-state voters. Globe political correspondent Callum Borchers reports.