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Political Scientist Asks: Are Obama's Approval Ratings Better Than They Seem?

After examining presidencies going back to Dwight Eisenhower, and figuring out both the expected and actual voter-approval ratings for those White House occupants, a political scientist concluded that President Obama is actually outperforming the favorability rating history would predict.
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In Utah, GOP House Candidate Out To Make History

A small-town mayor in Utah is trying to make congressional history. Mia Love wants to become the first black Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has her party's nomination, and if elected, vows to bring conservative principles to the Congressional Black Caucus.
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Do Campaign Ads Seem More Negative This Year? It's Not Just You

A new analysis of TV ads so far this election cycle finds that 70 percent of the messages have been negative — a trend spearheaded by the heavily financed superPACs supporting the candidates. At this point in the 2008 election, 91 percent of TV ads were positive.
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Staffer Testifies Against Edwards At Trial

Campaign finance law isn't the most titillating topic. But the trial of John Edwards over alleged violations has been anything dry. On Wednesday, Edwards daughter, Cate, fled the courtroom in tears after intimate details were revealed about her parents' marital discord. Audie Cornish talks legal strategy with attorney and legal analyst Hampton Dellinger.
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Democrats Keep Getting Dinged For Hitting GOP On Women's Health, Loans

Obama administration officials, congressional Democrats and others have repeatedly charged Republicans with trying to strip money from women's health to pay to keep interest rates on some student loans from doubling. But as journalists, including NPR's own Julie Rovner, have pointed out, that doesn't appear to be true. Still, a MoveOn.org ad appearing Thursday repeats the charge.
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Virginia Plays Big Role For Obama, Romney

Northern Virginia has become a prime target for fundraising in President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney's campaigns.

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Friday News Roundup - International

The blind dissident at the center of a diplomatic stand-off now says he wants to flee China with his family; documents seized in last year's raid reveal Osama bin Laden was concerned al Qaida affiliates were shifting from the "goal" of attacking the U.S; and President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan to sign a long-term partnership agreement with President Karzai. Elise Labott of CNN, David Ignatius of The Washington Post and Elisabeth Bumiller of The New York Times join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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