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May Jobs Report Keeps Obama On Defensive, Aids Romney's Offense

If the economy continues May's unsteady sort of progress, Obama and other administration officials will keep pointing out rays of economic hope and reminding voters of how bad situation was when they took office. Meanwhile, Romney, aided by congressional Republicans, will continue to paint the president and his economic policies as a failure.

Obama, Romney Have Sharply Different Takes On Weak Jobs News

While the Republican contender blames what he says are the administration's "failed" economic policies for weak job growth, the president says he headed off another Great Depression. It's the central debate of the 2012 campaign.
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Wisconsin Recall Results

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survived an attempt to oust him from office after he stripped collective bargaining rights from public employees. Join Diane and guests as they discuss what it could mean for unions across the country and the 2012 presidential race.


It's All Politics, May 31, 2012

Mitt Romney gets enough delegates, in some counts, to go over the top in his bid for the GOP nomination. But his celebration is upstaged by Donald Trump. Plus: The Texas GOP goes into overtime to find a Senate nominee, Rep. Thad McCotter plans a write-in campaign, and a look ahead to Wisconsin.

Judge, Justice Department Weigh In On Who Can Vote In Florida

A federal judge has blocked state elections officials from enforcing tough restrictions on groups that conduct voter registration drives. And the Justice Department has sent a letter to Florida telling it to immediately halt efforts to purge from the voting rolls people suspected of being noncitizens.

Employment Growth Slows As Jobless Benefits Shrink

May's higher unemployment rate and meager job creation couldn't have come at a worse time for the long-term unemployed. The unwelcome news arrives just as federal support for unemployment benefits is starting to fade.

#FollowFriday: Twitter Survival Tips From The Romney Campaign Trail

NPR's Ari Shapiro says living on the Romney campaign trail means lots of waiting. Waiting for the press bus to depart, waiting for the candidate to arrive, waiting for the Secret Service sniffer dog to inspect your gear. It's hard to get actual work done during those lulls. But it's easy to scan Twitter.

Fundraising Phenom Attracts Attention In Calif. Race

In congressional campaigns, the incumbent tends to have an advantage. But because of redistricting and a young challenger with impressive fundraising totals, the race in California's 9th district is highly competitive.