One of the top concerns of delegates to the NAACP convention in Houston is the spread of voter ID laws, which proponents say reduces fraud. Opponents say requiring voters to present government-issued identification cards tends to suppress the minority vote. Vice President Joe Biden addressed the group Thursday.
President Obama begins a two-day campaign swing through Virginia on Friday. He won the state handily four years ago. Since then, Republicans have rebounded in a series of elections, and the state will be among the most hotly-contested in November.
The Republican presidential candidate has been hit with questions about his overseas investments all week. Mitt Romney's American lawyer and government officials in Bermuda are steering clear of the subject. But experts say, if you had the money, you'd do it too.
Tea Party conservatives say they have been re-energized by recent events in Washington, D.C. And far from the nation's capital, Arizona has become a rallying point for those who are focused on the election-year issues of immigration and health care.
Mitt Romney and his campaign have deflected outsourcing charges by explaining that he had left Bain Capital before many of those decisions were made. But filings by the SEC and the state of Massachusetts show that Bain reported Romney as its CEO through 2002. He says he left the position in 1999.
Melissa Block speaks with political scientist Lawrence Jacobs of the University of Minnesota about the history of public opinion toward the extension of government social programs including Social Security and Medicare.
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