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Presidential Contest Eclipses Congressional Races

As the Republican presidential candidates concentrate their efforts on Super Tuesday, both parties are gearing up for what could be a down-to-the-wire race for control of Congress. National opinion polls show Democrats and Republicans are tied after voters were asked which party they want to see in control.
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Week In News: Romney Wins Energize Campaign

Mitt Romney walked away with two wins this week in Arizona and Michigan. A win in Ohio on Super Tuesday could finally give the former Massachusetts governor the status as the clear front-runner for the Republican party. Yet some senior conservatives are concerned all of their candidates could be in trouble with the controversial statements made by Rush Limbaugh this week. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page about these and other news stories from the week.
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Michigan, Arizona Prepare For Tuesday's Primaries

The Republican presidential candidates face two important primaries Tuesday with high stakes for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Polls for contests in Arizona and Michigan showed the once-designated front-runner falling behind former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum until recently, when Romney has pulled even or slightly ahead.
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Week In News: Obama, Gas Prices And The GOP Race

President Obama and his GOP rivals are sparing over gas prices. In an election year, that pocketbook issue could hurt the president, but Republican voters still have no clear cut nominee to face off in November anyway. Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney square off in Michigan on Tuesday, with poll numbers flipping between the two. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz speaks with Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page about these and other news stories from the week.
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In Kabul, First Hints Of Reconciliation Efforts

Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his government is involved in direct talks with the Taliban and the U.S., but the Taliban denies it. Is the Taliban really willing to engage in reconciliation? Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Quil Lawrence in Kabul.
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Week In News: Payroll Tax Cut, China VP Visit

In a victory for the White House, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed an extension of the payroll tax cut on Friday after weeks of refusal. Host Mary Louise Kelly speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about the political reasoning behind the vote.

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