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It's All Politics, March 29, 2012

The GOP starts to coalesce behind Romney, but don't tell Santorum just yet. And Gingrich has a new way to get to the nomination. Meanwhile, new calculations on President Obama this week, based on the Court taking up health care and the reaction to the Trayvon Martin killing.
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RNC's 'Doctored' And Panned SCOTUS Ad Gets Noticed Which Was Goal

By the standards of marketing, especially political ads, the RNC's ad is a great success since it has generated so much free media, including blog posts like this.
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Parties Ready To Take Budget To Campaign Trail?

Guest host Jacki Lyden continues the conversation about the passage of Congressman Paul Ryan's budget plan in the House of Representatives. Lyden speaks with NPR Washington Editor S.V. Date about what the vote means and whether the plan's passage may signal long budget battles ahead.
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Co-Author Defends GOP Budget Plan

Republican Congressman Todd Young helped draft Rep. Paul Ryan's 2013 budget that passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday. Congressman Young speaks with guest host Jacki Lyden about the budget plan and Democrats' opposition to it, including calls that the plan would hurt programs like food stamps and Medicaid.
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Santorum Puts New Spotlight On Opus Dei

Recent reports highlight GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's connections with the Catholic group Opus Dei. Critics say the group has an extreme agenda, others say it simply has a strong mission. Guest host Jacki Lyden takes a look at the group's influence on American political culture with John Allen, author of the 2005 book Opus Dei.
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Wisconsin Recall Elections Set For June

Republican Gov. Scott Walker ran into voter backlash last year after he signed a law stripping public employees' unions of collective bargaining rights.

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