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Romney's 2011 Tax Return Shows He Paid At 14.1 Percent Rate, Campaign Says

That rate is in line with earlier statements the candidate made about how much he paid in taxes last year. He's also releasing a summary of his taxes from the past 20 years — which may not satisfy Democrats who want him to offer more details.

Was Romney Right On Video Comments?

Many people erupted in outrage when secretly taped remarks by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney were released earlier this week. But people from both sides of the political aisle suggest that maybe Romney has a point. Host Michel Martin speaks with David Sirota who wrote about this on Salon.com, and Dan Mitchell of the Cato Institute.

Rep. Maxine Waters Cleared By House Ethics Committee

The panel concluded that Waters thought she was speaking to regulators about financial help for many minority banks, not just one in which her husband owned stock.
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Analysis: New Polls Show Kaine Ahead Of Allen In Virginia Senate Race

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about the latest polls showing Democrat Tim Kaine leading Republican George Allen in Virginia's U.S. Senate race.


The Voter Veto: On Controversial Issues, More Citizens Taking On Lawmakers

In November, voters will decide whether new state laws on issues such as labor policy, immigration and gay marriage can remain in effect. They're using a process called "popular referendum." Different from a ballot initiative, it amounts to a public veto of elected officials. And its use is growing.

It's All Politics, Sept. 20, 2012

September can't end soon enough for Mitt Romney, as a leaked video — and some disappointing poll numbers in swing states — add to his woes. Republicans, trying to win a Senate majority, get some surprise encouragement in Connecticut. News out of Indiana and Wisconsin brings cheers to Democrats.
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Analysis: Senate's Slow Final Vote, Polls Show Dems Up In Virginia

CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings talks about the delay on passing a funding bill in the Senate, and polls out this week that show Democrats gaining ground in close races in Virginia and other swing states. 

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"The Victory Lab"

Both major political parties are running high tech, data-driven experiments -- and you're the guinea pig.