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Michelle And Barack Obama: A Powerful Partnership

New York Times Washington correspondent Jodi Kantor interviewed more than 200 sources, including White House aides and friends of the Obamas, to paint a portrait of the first family's life inside the White House.
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What GOP Candidates Need From New Hampshire

If the New Hampshire primary goes as expected, Mitt Romney should emerge the winner. How big he wins will matter because polls have shown him with a commanding lead. But New Hampshire could provide a surprise in a GOP presidential race that has already had more than a few.
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Sparking A Better Political Discourse

In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin wonders what it would take to make debate more civil and relevant to the issues that should inform presidential campaigns.
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Mitt Romney, New Hampshire And The 'Expectations Game'

Candidates have gone into New Hampshire in the past with high expectations, only to be shot down, even if they won. Mitt Romney knows the Granite State is set with traps for his nomination.
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Is The Arab Spring Good Or Bad For The U.S.?

For decades, the U.S. sought stability in the Middle East. But the upheavals of the past year have left the region in flux, and the U.S. is trying to define a new policy for dealing with changes that are still playing out.
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A Primary Role: Small States Earn Those Big Stakes

Iowa and New Hampshire might look small and vanilla in a nation of multiplying hues and creeds, but they pay attention to their lead-off responsibilities.
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On The GOP Trail, The Serendipity Of A Lost Wallet

One NPR reporter's harrowing trip to cover the Iowa caucuses turned out to be the perfect start to 2012.
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Week In Politics: Jobs; Recess Appointments; GOP Campaigns

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the jobs numbers, Obama's recess appointments and presidential campaign developments.

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