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Sen. McConnell: Political Donations Are Free Speech

Sunday was the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in — the opening act in a wide-ranging, White House scandal that was fueled by secret campaign money. Last week, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said it's time to roll back the Watergate-era requirement for public disclosure of campaign donors. He accused President Obama and liberals of trying to stifle the First Amendment rights of conservative donors.
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'Citizens United' Case Gets Renewed Scrutiny

A Montana case could lead the Supreme Court to take a second look at Citizens United, a campaign finance decision that politicians have been fighting about since it was handed down in 2010. Recently, some of the criticism has been aimed at Chief Justice John Roberts and his role in the case.
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A Future President Finds Himself In New Obama Bio

In Barack Obama: The Story, journalist David Maraniss chronicles the president's "classic search for home." Maraniss says Obama's young life was defined by his experience of being an outsider — a feeling that stayed with him well into early adulthood.
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Campaign Ads Target Latinos As A Key Issue Looms

Barack Obama got overwhelming support from Latino voters in 2008, helping him win the White House. Mitt Romney hopes to hold down that margin this year. So both campaigns are targeting Latino voters in TV ads. But how will Obama's halt to some deportations affect the campaigns' messages about immigration?
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Raucus Iowa Convention May Signal What's To Come

The fireworks at Saturday's Republican State Convention started early and burst throughout the day. Many longtime party activists say Rep. Ron Paul's supporters are taking over the party, and the friction showed. If the event is any indication, Mitt Romney might not get a drama-free national convention.
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Follow The Money: On The Trail Of Watergate Lore

Deep Throat whispered "follow the money" to reporter Bob Woodward during the investigation of Watergate, the third-rate burglary that brought down the Nixon administration. Or did he? An NPR librarian launched her own investigation.
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The New Immigration Policy: What's At Stake

President Obama on Friday put many provisions of the proposed DREAM Act into effect by saying the U.S. would no longer deport minor brought to the U.S. illegally if they are working or going to school and have no criminal record. NPR's Scott Horsley talks to host Scott Simon.
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Mayoral Agenda: What To Do About Gang Violence

Nearly 200 mayors from across the country have been in Orlando this week for the 80th annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Many mayors are particularly focused on reducing violent crime, especially gang violence. Host Scott Simon talks with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu about their efforts.

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