Political Headlines - August 22, 2012

Here are the top POLITICAL headlines from today: 

  • Republican plank opposes all abortions: The GOP platform committee approved language seeking a constitutional amendment for a total abortion ban, adding to the furor over Rep. Todd Akin's rape comments. Globe correspondent Callum Borchers reports.


  • Mitt Romney has financial edge in final months: The growing financial advantage comes after months of hoarding money as the Obama campaign spent heavily on TV ads trying to brand Romney early in the minds of voters. Globe political reporter Matt Viser writes. 


  • Governor Patrick makes pitch for Obama in Midwest: Even while he said in an interview he had no ambition for higher office, Governor Patrick made a two-pronged appeal for President Obama's reelection in Iowa and Wisconsin. Globe political reporter Matt Viser covers.


  • A familiar face stirs the pot in Maine: Angus King - the former governor who is running as an independent for Senate - says Washington needs a nonpartisan voice to break the political logjam. Globe columnist Scot Lehigh reports. 


  • Stingy liberals: In parts of the country where conservative values dominate, charity tends to be high. Where liberalism holds sway, charity falls. Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby writes.