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Romney Talks Freedom At NRA Conference

He can't really call himself a big-time hunter, but Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney went to the annual National Rifle Association meeting loaded for bear. His wasn't a speech about guns, however. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports on Romney's first speech since Rick Santorum dropped out of the presidential race.
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A Felon, But He'll Probably Be Re-Elected Anyway

A conviction on corruption charges isn't stopping former Pennsylvania state House Speaker Bill DeWeese from running for re-election. On the day he's likely to win the primary, the 17-term Democrat will become constitutionally ineligible to keep serving.
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In Southwestern Pa., Two Conservative Democratic Incumbents Fight For One Seat

To get elected in southwestern Pennsylvania as a Democrat, it helps to be a conservative one. And because of congressional reapportionment, two conservative Democratic incumbents — Rep. Jason Altmire and Rep. Mark Critz — are facing off for a single seat in their party's primary later this month.
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Romney Wins Some Votes, If Not All Hearts, At NRA Meeting

Some 70,000 people are attending the National Rifle Association's annual convention in St. Louis. It's hard to find any who support President Obama. But that doesn't mean gun owners are completely sold on Mitt Romney. The presumptive GOP nominee spoke to NRA members Friday to try to change that.
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Romney Appeals To Gun Enthusiasts In NRA Speech

The National Rifle Association has had one of the most successful decades in its history, making state and federal laws friendlier to gun owners and dealers. And this year, its annual meeting features a friendly call from Mitt Romney, who expects to have their endorsement for the White House. Robert Siegel talks to Ari Shapiro, who was at the event.
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It's All Politics, April 12, 2012

And then there were three. We're convinced Rick Santorum pulled out of the race not because NPR's Ron Elving boldly predicted it in last week's podcast but simply to show up Ken Rudin. Plus: Eric Cantor's controversial campaign contribution. And the war of words continues over Ann Romney's career.
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Political Scientist: Republicans Most Conservative They've Been In 100 Years

Keith Poole of the University of Georgia, with collaborator Howard Rosenthal of New York University, has spent decades charting the partisan ideological shifts and polarization in Congress from the 18th Century until now to get the view of how the political landscape has changed from 30,000 feet up. What they have found is that the Republican Party is the most conservative it has been a century.

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