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Obama's First 2012 TV Ad Defends Energy Record, Dings Koch Bros.

The spot isn't just a defense of the president's energy policy, including loan guarantees to green energy companies like the failed Solyndra. It's also a defense of his ethics.
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Maryland Legislators Call For Citizens United Reversal

Some legislators in Maryland are calling for Congress to pass a law overturning the Supreme Court's controversial Citizens United, saying unlimited corporate money is warping the nature of politics.

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Perry Leaves Race, Iowa GOP Puts Santorum In Lead

Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the Republican presidential race Thursday, saying he saw no way forward. The same day, the Iowa Republican party announced that Mitt Romney is no longer the winner of the caucuses there.
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'Vulture Capitalism'? How Private Equity Firms Work

GOP candidates have attacked Mitt Romney as a "vulture capitalist" who destroyed jobs. The charges center on his 15 years at the private equity firm Bain Capital. But what are private equity firms, and what do they do?
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A New Book Examines 'The Real Romney'

Longtime Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman start their biography of Mitt Romney by examining his ancestors, many of whom played crucial roles in the development of the Mormon faith. The Real Romney also examines the candidate's political beliefs and his career in private equity.
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Reports: Gingrich's Ex-Wife Says He Wanted An 'Open Marriage'

He's got momentum in the polls and backing from a former rival. But will a TV interview with Newt Gingrich's second ex-wife derail his chances in South Carolina?
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Perry Sees 'No Viable Path Forward': The Fall Of A Once Promising Front-Runner

Rick Perry garnered instant front-runner status in some polls when he joined the GOP presidential race. But he slid to the back of the pack after embarrassing debate performances. All along, his bid for the nomination seemed outsize. So, too, were the expectations, which ended Thursday.
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Has Political Mud-Slinging Reached New Heights?

As South Carolina gears up for this weekend's primary, hopefuls are spending millions on ads slamming the president and each other. Host Michel Martin speaks to NPR's Ron Elving and Rosemarie Ostler, author of the book "Slinging Mud," about how ads today fit into America's colorful history of political attack campaigns.

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