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President Obama Officially Kicks Off Campaign

President Obama held a pair of campaign rallies today, his first big public events of the 2012 election. He targeted two key battleground states: Ohio and Virginia. NPR's Scott Horsley is traveling with the president and joins weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz to talk about the events.
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Outside Spending May Oust Indiana Statesman

Considered by many to be an Indiana institution, Sen. Dick Lugar is fighting for his political life against a fellow Republican with Tea Party backing. In some ways this primary race has become a proxy war for outside groups trying to exert their influence and, as a result, spending is off the charts.
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The Race Is On: Obama Heads To Battleground States

President Obama formally kicks off his campaign Saturday with a pair of rallies: one in Richmond, Va., and one in Columbus, Ohio. NPR's Scott Horsley joins host Scott Simon to talk about the day.
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Testimony In John Edwards' Trial Gets Personal

Prosecution witnesses delivered dramatic testimony this week in the federal trial of former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards. Jeff Tiberii of member station WUNC reports.
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Group Aiming To Bypass Party Politics Hits Bumps

Americans Elect is trying to run the first online primary to choose a presidential ticket, and get it on the ballot in all 50 states. But the group is having trouble attracting big-name candidates and refuses to name its financial backers.
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O'Malley Announces Special Session For May 14

Facing a "Doomsday budget" that features $512 million in cuts on July 1, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has officially called a special session of the General Assembly to come up with a state budget.

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White House Unveils New Fracking Regulations

The Interior Department released new rules for companies that drill on federal or tribal lands.
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Surprising No One, Obama, Romney Don't Agree On Meaning Of April Jobs Stats

One cynical economist said the worst thing about the jobs report was "It provides just enough inane talking points for both sides of politics. That could probably be said for most first Fridays of the month during a general-election year when Democrats and Republicans try to extract any competitive advantage they can from the latest employment report from the U.S. Labor Department.

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