In this year's presidential campaign, both parties are trying to use Bill Clinton's presidency to their advantage. Although he's popular and the economy was better then, it could be a risky strategy — because Clinton is not just a symbol.
Several independent fact-checking organizations have called the ad misleading or false. But Republicans have also pounced on one of their own. The spokeswoman for Mitt Romney's campaign, while rebutting the superPAC ad, opened up old wounds over the candidate's health care record.
In 2008, Democratic caucusgoers launched Barack Obama as a legitimate national contender, and voters later turned out in record numbers to put him in the White House. But now many of his past supporters are wary and worried, and he's locked in a dead-heat battle with GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
The leaders of more than a dozen countries attended a meeting in Tehran, Iran, aimed at ending the violence in Syria. Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi fired his intelligence chief and other top security officials on Wednesday in response to the killings of 16 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula. And the murder trial of Bo Xilai's wife, Gu Kailai, concluded in China behind closed doors. Courtney Kube of NBC News, Tom Gjelten of NPR and Nadia Bilbassy of MBC TV join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of dismantling federal welfare reform and creating a “culture of dependency.” The U.S. economy continued to send mixed signals. And victims of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting were remembered at vigils across the United States. Ron Elving of NPR, Nia Malika Henderson of The Washington Post and John King of CNN join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
A controversy about identity has erupted in the race for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. News outlets revealed Democrat Elizabeth Warren claimed Cherokee ancestry during her academic career, and critics say Warren isn't providing enough documentation to prove her identity. Host Michel Martin discusses just who is Native American.
It's in a swing county in a swing state. It's easy to get to, right off Interstate 4. And did we mention it's known for its strawberries — including strawberry milkshakes? If that wasn't enough to draw politicians, it also blends the nostalgia of Florida's past with its rapidly changing future.
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