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Debate Over Appointees Hinges On One Word: Recess

President Obama bypassed Congress this week in appointing Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and filling vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board. Republicans called the appointments an unconstitutional power grab and said they were made while the Senate was still technically in session.
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Occupy Camps Address Disease Threat

D.C. Health officers visited Occupy DC's McPherson encampment, urging them to clean house after reports of rats shut down their kitchen earlier this week.

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Why Santorum's 'Google Problem' Remains

If you Google Rick Santorum, one of the top returns is a scatological sexual reference. It was created back in 2003, when writer Dan Savage asked his readers to make up something disgusting and sexual to link to Santorum. It was a response to Santorum's rhetoric against gay marriage.
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N.H. Voters Discuss The GOP Field

Four years ago, Melissa Block traveled several times to Milford, N.H., to talk with voters. Friday, she talks to two of the people she met there: Noreen O'Connell and Steve O'Keefe. They discuss the current GOP presidential field.
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A Look At Super PACS And Political Coordination

In the new landscape of political advertising, there are ads paid for by candidates and ads paid for by super PACS. Under the law, there is not supposed to be any coordination between the two. But how is lack of coordination playing out in the real world of presidential campaigns?
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Santorum Tries To Connect With N.H. Voters

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum nearly won the Iowa caucuses on the strength of his retail campaigning across all of the state's counties — and his connection with Christian conservative voters. Now he's in New Hampshire, with just days to go before the first-in-the-nation primary. Santorum is trying to connect with independent-minded voters in a very secular state.
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Week In Politics: Jobs; Recess Appointments; GOP Campaigns

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the jobs numbers, Obama's recess appointments and presidential campaign developments.
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Not Officially Republicans, 'Undeclared' Voters Could Sway N.H. Race

More than 4 in 10 New Hampshire voters are listed as undeclared. But research shows most of them identify with a political party.

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