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Presidential Campaigns Zoom In On 'Fertile Crescent' Of Ohio, Pennsylvania

Obama tells supporters in Ohio that he deserves credit for the improving economy and that Romney's tax plan would outsource 800,000 jobs. The GOP candidate is headed to the crucial swing state on Wednesday.
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Harry Reid Worries About '17 Angry Old White Men' Buying The Nation

Sen. Harry Reid doesn't believe in playing it safe when it comes to his public utterances. On Monday he said the failure to pass new campaign-finance disclosure legislation could lead to "17 angry old white men" owning the country.
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New Romney Fund Highlights Fundraising Muscle

Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign says a recently formed arm of the organization collected $140 million during a three-month period this spring, mostly from high-end donors. The analogous arm of President Obama's re-election drive took more than a year to raise $185 million.
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Can Science Plant Brain Seeds That Make You Vote?

Politics has been a profession ruled by gut instinct, gurus and polls. But over the past 15 years, the primary method of scientific advance — the randomized controlled study — has been wheedling its way into politics. Bit by bit, it's challenging a lot of the conventional wisdom that dominates current political campaigns.
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Romney, Obama Question Each Other's Records

President Obama answered questions from voters at a town-hall-style campaign event in Cincinnati on Monday. Meanwhile, his rival Mitt Romney suggested in a Fox News interview that the president's record should be subjected to greater scrutiny. The Romney campaign has spent the past several days responding to conflicting reports about when the former Massachusetts governor left the private equity firm Bain Capital.
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Senator Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate on the 2012 Republican ticket. Rubio talks about his Cuban heritage, his political ambitions and his ideas for making America better.

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Romney Strikes Back Against Bain, Tax Attacks

Mitt Romney is defending criticism of his record at Bain Capital and attacks for not releasing more extensive tax records. Romney has accused President Obama of running a "campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty." Host Michel Martin checks in with NPR's Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving.

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