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NRA Targets One Of Its Own In Tenn. Race

On Thursday, voters in Tennessee will decide on a series of ballot issues, including an unusual one that's garnering a lot of attention. The National Rifle Association has turned against one of its biggest supporters and is actively trying to get the Republican booted from office.
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Presidential Race Zeroes In On Nevada

Nevada has just six electoral votes, but it's much fought over in presidential elections. In 2008, it gave an unexpectedly big boost to Democratic candidate Barack Obama. This year the contest is shaping up to be much closer as Nevada copes with both the worst unemployment in the nation and one of the country's highest home foreclosure rates.
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Controversy Followed Romney On Overseas Trip

Mitt Romney's weeklong trip to London, Jerusalem and Poland was designed to bolster his foreign policy credentials. Instead it's been riddled with gaffes and controversy.
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Romney Goes After Obama On Alleged Leaking Of Secrets

The Obama administration has initiated more prosecutions against leakers than all previous administrations combined. But Mitt Romney is focusing on what he alleges is the administration's record of leaking classified information for political purposes. Republicans cite the details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden as one example.
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Virginia Democrats Angered By Special Election Timing

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has set the date for the special election to fill Bill Englin's seat on the House of Delegates on Sept. 4, drawing criticism that he did so for overtly political reasons.

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Romney's Foreign Trip Hits Right Note For Some, Potholes For Others

Mitt Romney's trip abroad accomplished some of what he wanted. In Israel he delivered a hawkish pro-Israel message of support for the conservative government meant to appeal to those U.S. Jews skeptical of President Obama. But his trip also had missteps, notably in Britain but not only there.
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Texas GOP Senate Runoff Gives Tea Party An Opportunity To Flex Its Muscles

The Republican race to succeed retiring GOP Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison wasn't supposed to be a heated primary battle, but it's become one of the hardest fought and most expensive intraparty races of the year. The runoff should be decided Tuesday.
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Lawmakers Tangle Over Renewing Surveillance Law

The Justice Department and the intelligence community say reauthorizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Amendments Act, which expires at the end of the year, is their top national security priority. But an interesting mix of senators are sounding alarms about whether the government is secretly gathering too much information on innocent Americans, and keeping it for far too long. They cite a newly declassified letter that exposes an incident where even the Obama administration acknowledges it went too far.

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