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Ryan Offers Romney Risk, Reward

Among those on Mitt Romney's list of potential running mates, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has youth and experience. He's a conservative from a swing state, and he has big ideas and the policy chops to back them up. But the House Budget Committee chairman's fiscal ideas might cost Romney with independents.

Romney's Foreign Agenda: Listen, Learn, Olympics

The Republican candidate, a man with a lot of domestic policy experience, is now trying to demonstrate his proficiency with international affairs. Aides stress that the journey to the U.K., Israel and Poland will include little in the way of political attacks or policy announcements.

Little Election-Year Incentive For Obama Or Romney To Join Gun Debate

The Second Amendment remains off limits for many politicians, with even those favoring gun control unlikely to bring it up in an election year. But long-term shifts in U.S. demographics and culture could lead to changes in the gun-rights versus gun control debate in coming decades.

Politicians Shy Away From New Gun Control Efforts

In the days since the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., there's been little discussion of the laws that allowed the gunman to acquire his arsenal. National politicians in both parties are generally wary of offending the powerful gun lobby.

Telling Tales Of Politicians' First Campaigns

Getting politicians to talk about their past and most vulnerable moments is a difficult task. But one man has managed to get more than 60 prominent politicians to talk about their first campaigns. Host Michel Martin speaks with Columbia University oral historian Jeffrey Brodsky, who wrote about this project for the Washington Post Magazine.

Obama, Romney Court Veterans Ahead Of Romney's Foreign Trip

President Obama and Mitt Romney are courting the military veteran vote. Both speak at the annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Obama travels to Reno, Nev., to address the group today. Romney speaks to the group tomorrow. A Gallup poll finds veterans overwhelmingly favor Romney.

Obama, Romney Court Veterans In Key States

In a close presidential race, every constituency counts. With both President Obama and Mitt Romney addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention this week, it's clear that veterans have become a prized voter group. That's especially true in battleground states like Florida, Virginia and Ohio, where vets make up a large enough segment of the population to swing the election.