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Week In Politics: Unemployment Rate, Primaries

Audie Cornish talks to our regular political commentators — E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of the New York Times — about the new unemployment figures and the presidential primary race.
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Can Komen Recover From Controversy?

The breast cancer organization has suffered one of the worst public relations disasters in recent memory. Komen relies heavily on positive associations with its cause, but restoring its luster will be quite a task.
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WaPo's McCartney: Virginia Senate Passes Ultrasound Before Abortion Law, O'Malley's Tax Hikes Face Skepticism

Virginia lawmakers are aiming to limit abortion rights with a new legislation, while O'Malley's proposed tax hikes will take a toll on the wallets of wealthy Maryland residents.

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If Romney Misspoke About 'Poor' Why Did He Later Repeat Statement?

Romney's explanation would make more sense, however, if, after his earlier comments caused a firestorm, Romney hadn't told the traveling press corps on his charter jet nearly the exact same thing he said to CNN's Soledad O'Brien.
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It's All Politics, Feb. 2, 2012

Newt's momentum is halted in Florida, and now Mitt has what looks to be a good month ahead of him, starting with Nevada on Saturday. Plus: women's health turns (more) political, Gov. Bev Perdue becomes the latest North Carolina Democrat to bow out, and we say goodbye to Boston's Kevin White.
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CQ Roll Call: Insider Trading Bill Passes By Wide Margin

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday by a wide margin that would ban insider training by members of Congress and their staffs. Now it's on to the House, where Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has said it will go to the floor next week.

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Romney Again The Front-Runner, But At What Cost?

Republican strategists say it's not clear yet whether the primary battle will help or hurt Mitt Romney if he becomes the nominee. He emerged from his win in Florida with both his strengths and his weaknesses on display. Plus, some Republicans worry that the race's negative tone will turn off voters.
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Regulator: Freddie Investments 'Nothing Unusual'

Senators on Capitol Hill have criticized Edward DeMarco for the investment practices of Freddie Mac. DeMarco heads the federal agency that controls Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. NPR and ProPublica reported that certain trades at Freddie Mac amounted to bets against homeowners being able to refinance their mortgages. DeMarco tells Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep that the trades were not particularly risky, and would not have prevented homeowners from refinancing their loans.

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