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Surprising No One, Obama, Romney Don't Agree On Meaning Of April Jobs Stats

One cynical economist said the worst thing about the jobs report was "It provides just enough inane talking points for both sides of politics. That could probably be said for most first Fridays of the month during a general-election year when Democrats and Republicans try to extract any competitive advantage they can from the latest employment report from the U.S. Labor Department.

It's All Politics, May 3, 2012

With Washington abuzz over the president's trip to Afghanistan, this week's podcast focuses on stuff outside the Beltway: Sen. Dick Lugar's tough Republican primary contest in Indiana, and Wisconsin Democrats' selection of a candidate to take on GOP Gov. Scott Walker in the June recall election.

Are Obama And Romney The Same Guy?

Here's something you won't hear from the rival campaigns of President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney: Despite their obvious differences, they actually have a lot in common. A dozen things, at least. Here's a list.

Challenger's Challenge: Romney's Bid To Make News

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney had been getting some attention for his critique that the president was politicizing the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. That is, until Obama flew to Afghanistan, signed an international agreement and addressed the troops and the nation.

Political Scientist Asks: Are Obama's Approval Ratings Better Than They Seem?

After examining presidencies going back to Dwight Eisenhower, and figuring out both the expected and actual voter-approval ratings for those White House occupants, a political scientist concluded that President Obama is actually outperforming the favorability rating history would predict.

In Utah, GOP House Candidate Out To Make History

A small-town mayor in Utah is trying to make congressional history. Mia Love wants to become the first black Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has her party's nomination, and if elected, vows to bring conservative principles to the Congressional Black Caucus.

Do Campaign Ads Seem More Negative This Year? It's Not Just You

A new analysis of TV ads so far this election cycle finds that 70 percent of the messages have been negative — a trend spearheaded by the heavily financed superPACs supporting the candidates. At this point in the 2008 election, 91 percent of TV ads were positive.