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Campaigns Play The Numbers To Tip Election Favor

Predicting elections is a game of numbers; the unemployment rate, GDP growth and a president's approval ratings among other numbers. But each campaign must also run the numbers on the voters themselves to find out what kinds of people can be persuaded to come to the polls in November.
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Nation's Governors Meet In Virginia This Week

Virginia will host the National Governors Association's annual summer meeting this week.

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Barney Frank Gets Married; The Bridegrooms Wore Black

The first openly gay congressman is now the first sitting congressman to be in a same-sex marriage. Democratic Rep. Barney Frank married his longtime partner James Ready on Saturday, in a ceremony officiated by Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick.
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The Art Of Diplomacy Has Its Rules

When an American president is meeting a foreign leader, it's important to respect the country's customs. Many countries have an office for that. This week, the chiefs of protocol from 100 countries met in Washington, D.C., for their first annual conference. Guest host David Greene speaks with Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, the chief of protocol of the U.S., about her role in diplomatic efforts.
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Jobs Back At Political Forefront

Guest host David Greene talks with NPR's Mara Liasson about the week in politics, including the jobs report, Romney's problems with conservatives and public opinion after the health care ruling.
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Urgency Reigns At Vote-Focused NAACP Convention

The nation's oldest civil rights organization holds its annual convention in Houston this week. As in any election season, the group is putting energy into voting rights and voter turnout. But this year, the dramatically high rate of unemployment rate among African-Americans is also a key concern.
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House Lawmakers Divided Over Farm Bill

House lawmakers face the farm bill when they return from their July 4 recess.

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Scranton's Public Workers Now Paid Minimum Wage

The Pennsylvania city has slashed the pay for all its public employees — including firefighters and police — to $7.25 per hour. Mayor Chris Doherty says there isn't enough money in the bank to pay full wages.

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