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It's All Politics, May 31, 2012

Mitt Romney gets enough delegates, in some counts, to go over the top in his bid for the GOP nomination. But his celebration is upstaged by Donald Trump. Plus: The Texas GOP goes into overtime to find a Senate nominee, Rep. Thad McCotter plans a write-in campaign, and a look ahead to Wisconsin.
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Judge, Justice Department Weigh In On Who Can Vote In Florida

A federal judge has blocked state elections officials from enforcing tough restrictions on groups that conduct voter registration drives. And the Justice Department has sent a letter to Florida telling it to immediately halt efforts to purge from the voting rolls people suspected of being noncitizens.
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Analysis: House Republicans Defeat Sex-Selective Abortion Bill, Virginia Senate Race Heats Up

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing provides an analysis on the Virginia Senate race and the sex-selective abortion bill that House Republicans recently defeated.

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#FollowFriday: Twitter Survival Tips From The Romney Campaign Trail

NPR's Ari Shapiro says living on the Romney campaign trail means lots of waiting. Waiting for the press bus to depart, waiting for the candidate to arrive, waiting for the Secret Service sniffer dog to inspect your gear. It's hard to get actual work done during those lulls. But it's easy to scan Twitter.
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May Jobs Report Is Much Worse Than Expected

The Labor Department said the U.S. economy added 69,000 jobs last month — far fewer than analysts expected. The unemployment rate also rose to 8.2 percent, up from 8.1 percent in April. The monthly jobs report is an important weather vane for anyone trying to get a bead on which way the economic winds are blowing.
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Fundraising Phenom Attracts Attention In Calif. Race

In congressional campaigns, the incumbent tends to have an advantage. But because of redistricting and a young challenger with impressive fundraising totals, the race in California's 9th district is highly competitive.
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Fla. Judge Blocks Parts Of Voter Registration Law

A federal judge in Florida has blocked the state from enforcing tough restrictions on groups that conduct voter registration drives. Because of the restrictions, the League of Women Voters and Rock the Vote had stopped registering voters in the state. The groups challenged the new law in court.
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Jury Acquits Edwards On 1 Count, Mistrial On Others

A jury in North Carolina Thursday acquitted John Edwards on one count in his federal campaign finance case and deadlocked on the others. The judge declared a mistrial. The government had accused the former vice presidential nominee of accepting campaign donations to cover-up an affair with his pregnant mistress. The government is unlikely to retry the case.
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Planned Parenthood Issue Haunts Komen's Races

Participation is down at some of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events which raise money for breast cancer research and treatment. The foundation may be suffering from the fallout of its decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood programs. The decision was quickly reversed.
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Gubernatorial Recall Election Polarizes Wis. Voters

Above average voter turnout is expected for next week's gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin. Passions have run high in the state ever since Republican Governor Scott Walker launched an effort to curb the collective bargaining power of public employee unions.

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