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AFSCME: Attacks On Public Sector Harm Middle Class

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, one of the country's largest unions, is facing a difficult climate. Local governments are slashing employee pensions and state governments are considering measures to curb collective bargaining rights. Host Michel Martin talks with Lee Saunders, AFSCME's new president.
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Romney Strikes Back Against Bain, Tax Attacks

Mitt Romney is defending criticism of his record at Bain Capital and attacks for not releasing more extensive tax records. Romney has accused President Obama of running a "campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty." Host Michel Martin checks in with NPR's Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving.
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Analysis: Pressure Builds On Capitol Hill To Avoid Defense Spending Cuts

Although cuts would trigger in January, unless Congress acts, many defense contractors will have to send out layoff notices to employees before the November election.

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Obama Pushes To Let Bush-Era Tax Cuts Expire

Obama's proposal to let the Bush-era tax cuts expire is anticipated to come for a vote in the Senate before summer recess.

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Nonpartisan Agreement: Most Campaign Money Is Wasted

Republican and Democratic strategists tell NPR that most of the estimated $4 billion to be spent by the campaigns, political action committees and others in the 2012 presidential race will make no difference in the outcome.
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New Week, Same Argument: Romney, Obama & Who's Being Dishonest

Mitt Romney says President Obama should apologize for "dishonest" attacks. The president and his aides say they've got nothing to apologize for.
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Would Romney, Already Looked At Skeptically By The Right, Pick Rice?

One of Mitt Romney's problems is that he still faces resistance from some conservatives who don't trust his ideological core. That's one reason why the recent speculation about Romney naming Condi Rice, who is pro-choice, as VP doesn't make sense.
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Nov. Election: How Much Does Fundraising Matter?

Steve Inskeep talks with two political strategists on whether a fundraising advantage matters in this presidential campaign. Mark McKinnon advised George W. Bush and John McCain's campaigns. Mark Mellman is a democratic pollster and adviser.
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Romney Responds To Obama's Bain Capital Charges

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has shied away from TV interviews. But on Friday, he sat down for five interviews with the nation's top TV news outlets. Romney says he shouldn't be held responsible for what Bain did after 1999 because he had already left the company to run the Salt Lake City Olympics

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