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Rep. Scott Talks About GOP Field In S.C.

Melissa Block is in Charleston, S.C., where she talks with freshman Republican Rep. Tim Scott. He's a Tea Party favorite, he's considered a rising star in the GOP, and he's one of just two African-American Republicans in Congress. The presidential contenders are actively pursuing Scott's endorsement, but so far, he hasn't endorsed. He talks with Melissa about Rick Perry's decision to drop out of the race and endorse Newt Gingrich — and how that might reshape the primary in South Carolina.
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Q&A: Why Such A Low Tax Rate For Romney?

GOP candidate Mitt Romney says his effective tax rate is 15 percent. Why so low? The answer lies in a theory that if you tax investment too high, economic growth and job creation are discouraged. But it's somewhat controversial, not least because most of the people who get to pay that lower rate are well-off.
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Obama's First 2012 TV Ad Defends Energy Record, Dings Koch Bros.

The spot isn't just a defense of the president's energy policy, including loan guarantees to green energy companies like the failed Solyndra. It's also a defense of his ethics.
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Perry Leaves Race, Iowa GOP Puts Santorum In Lead

Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the Republican presidential race Thursday, saying he saw no way forward. The same day, the Iowa Republican party announced that Mitt Romney is no longer the winner of the caucuses there.
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'Vulture Capitalism'? How Private Equity Firms Work

GOP candidates have attacked Mitt Romney as a "vulture capitalist" who destroyed jobs. The charges center on his 15 years at the private equity firm Bain Capital. But what are private equity firms, and what do they do?
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A New Book Examines 'The Real Romney'

Longtime Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman start their biography of Mitt Romney by examining his ancestors, many of whom played crucial roles in the development of the Mormon faith. The Real Romney also examines the candidate's political beliefs and his career in private equity.

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