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Back To The Debt Debacle: A Look At What's Changed

It was just a year ago that the House rejected a deal with President Obama and threatened to allow the U.S. to default on debt obligations coming due. The Tea Party refusal to raise the debt ceiling led to a downgrade in U.S. credit and a selloff in the markets. NPR's David Welna reports on what's changed since then and what hasn't.

Breaking Tax Code: Obama Jumps On Romney's Policy

A new study by some prominent tax analysts looks at how much Mitt Romney would have to reorder the tax code in order to make the tax cuts he proposes. As NPR's Ari Shapiro reports, that became a rallying cry for President Obama during a pair of campaign stops in Ohio Wednesday.

GOP Has Big Hopes For Missouri Senate Race

Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill is facing a tough re-election fight. On Tuesday, Republicans will select their candidate to challenge her in the fall. All three major contenders are dyed-in-the-wool conservatives who have been battling in a wild and expensive race.

Virginia Garners Attention As New Battleground State

President Obama campaigns is campaigning in Ohio, Florida and Virginia. While Ohio and Florida are perennial battlegrounds, Virginia has emerged as one of this year's most important contests. Volunteers backing President Obama fanned out across the state over the weekend, looking to line up support.

Romney Adviser Defends Candidate's Statements About Palestinian Culture

A top foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended statements the Republican presidential candidate made in Israel about Palestinian culture.

Threat Of Sequestration Ruffles Capitol Hill

Sequestration is on the minds of many on Capitol Hill. It's the jargony term for automatic across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to begin taking place in January if politicians cannot agree on a deal to cut the federal deficit. Half of those cuts — totaling some $500 billion — would come from defense. House Republicans are blaming the Obama administration and are demanding the Pentagon explain where it would cut. The Pentagon refuses even to plan for the cuts.

McGovern Campaign Marked Beginning Of Direct Mail

All this week, we're looking at the political tools presidential campaigns bring out in election years. Today, Audie Cornish speaks with two pioneers of direct mail. Morris Dees was the force behind the direct mail efforts of Senator George McGovern's campaign in 1971-1972. The campaign brought in millions thanks to hundreds of thousands of small donors reached through direct mail. We also hear from Richard Viguerie, who has been nicknamed a "funding father" of the conservative movement. He was a pioneer of the donor list, which is considered gold to campaigns today.

Politics Runs In The Family Of DNC Keynote Speaker

Democrats have chosen Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, to give the keynote address at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. It marks a first for Hispanics.