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Politics, The Pledge And A Peculiar History

Every so often, the Pledge of Allegiance gets wrapped up in a political campaign, often with the conservative candidate or group suggesting the other side is anti-American or anti-God. And each time, the actual history of the pledge is either ignored entirely or glossed over.
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Does Political Mommy Talk Make You Cheer Or Gag?

Both major party presidential campaigns are focusing on family this election season. Some parents relate to the personal stories, but others say the candidates are just pandering. Host Michel Martin takes a look at how family is playing out in this campaign. She checks in with moms Leslie Morgan Steiner, Jolene Ivey, Dani Tucker and Gayle Trotter.
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Democrat Wendy Rosen Withdraws From House Race

Wendy Rosen, a Democratic candidate for Congress in Maryland, abruptly withdrew from the race Monday after party officials learned she had voted in two different states in past elections.

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Rhetoric Aside, Few Details Of Romney's Tax Plan

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says it is possible to cut tax rates without driving the government deeper into the red, and that he can make up for the lost revenue by closing tax loopholes. But analysts have had a hard time testing Romney's claim because he hasn't offered many specifics.
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Inside Obama's Decisions: From Libya To Lunch

To try to get a sense of what it really means to be the president, writer Michael Lewis spent six months in President Obama's shadow. Lewis wanted to show just what it's like to be in the president's shoes — down to something as simple as what he eats and wears every day.
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Mitt Romney's Shifting Stance On Health Care

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said Sunday that he might not want to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act after all. He said he supports the provision that assures people with pre-existing health conditions can get coverage.
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ID Laws Bring New Attention To Voting Rights Act

Around the country there are moves to tighten restrictions on voters at the polls, some of which fall under the purview of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Melissa Block takes a step back with voting and election law expert Nate Persily of Columbia University, to talk about the Voting Rights Act, and in particular Section 5. That provision, originally aimed at states in the South, requires certain states, counties and townships to get "pre-clearance" from the federal government before changing laws that affect voters.
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Obama Campaign Edged Ahead In August Fundraising

Democratic committees and the Obama campaign raised a combined $114 million in August, slightly ahead of the $111 million raised by GOP groups. It's the first time the Obama camp has been ahead in several months.

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