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Hurricane Isaac Pummels Gulf Coast

The storm has slowed down, giving it more time to do damage as it heads inland, packing 80 mph winds.

Why Obama Can't Always Speak Freely About Race

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates says when Trayvon Martin, a black teenager, was killed by a white man in Florida, there was widespread dismay. But after President Obama spoke about it, the debate became intensely divisive. Steve Inskeep talks to Coates about his article "Fear of a Black President" in the latest issue of The Atlantic.

Rainfall Tops Levee In Rural Louisiana Parish

Hurricane Isaac is reminding residents of Hurricane Katrina which struck the Gulf Coast seven years ago. In rural Plaquemines parish, water is over top of the levee. The levee in southeastern Louisiana is different than the levees in New Orleans, which seem to be doing "quite well."

Torrential Rains, Wind Threaten Gulf Coast

Hurricane Isaac came ashore Tuesday night in southern Louisiana. But it's such a massive and slow-moving storm, that rain is expected to keep falling — perhaps through Thursday. That's of particular concern in New Orleans.

Ryan Won't Get All The Votes In Janesville, Wis.

In Paul Ryan's hometown of Janesville, Wis., where he still lives, people are still getting used to all the attention since he was placed on the GOP presidential ticket. Ryan is a figure of great admiration — even if many in Janesville are not enamored with his politics.

Obama Campaigns With One Eye On Hurricane Isaac

President Obama is continuing his two-day campaign tour of college campuses in Iowa, Colorado and Virginia despite Hurricane Isaac. While he's away from the White House, aides say the president is very much in command of the response to the storm.

GOP Rising Star: Gov. Martinez Is A Former Democrat

New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez speaks at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night. The party hopes the nation's first Hispanic female governor will help showcase diversity, and in turn, attract Hispanic voters.