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Op-Ed: For Candidates, Private-Public Line Blurry

Politicians often reveal personal stories on the campaign trail. But those revelations often draw criticism from opponents. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat says politicians can and should contest the critiques, but that many have lost the right to complain about them.
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Sparking A Better Political Discourse

In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin wonders what it would take to make debate more civil and relevant to the issues that should inform presidential campaigns.
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Mitt Romney, New Hampshire And The 'Expectations Game'

Candidates have gone into New Hampshire in the past with high expectations, only to be shot down, even if they won. Mitt Romney knows the Granite State is set with traps for his nomination.
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Is The Arab Spring Good Or Bad For The U.S.?

For decades, the U.S. sought stability in the Middle East. But the upheavals of the past year have left the region in flux, and the U.S. is trying to define a new policy for dealing with changes that are still playing out.
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A Primary Role: Small States Earn Those Big Stakes

Iowa and New Hampshire might look small and vanilla in a nation of multiplying hues and creeds, but they pay attention to their lead-off responsibilities.
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Internet Exiles Stores On Main Street

The impending bankruptcy of Kodak and the closure of camera and record stores that had been around for decades offer further proof that more and more goods and services have moved online. Somehow, that doesn't mean we have less stuff.
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Rick Santorum: The Underdog With A Loud Bark

Rick Santorum's surprisingly strong showing in the Iowa caucuses was less of a surprise in his home state of Pennsylvania. There he's known as a master-campaigner who's at his best when he's an underdog. But his conservative social views have hurt him with voters in the past.

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