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Black-Owned Beauty Shops Groom Political Activism

In her new book, Beauty Shop Politics, Professor Tiffany Gill looks at African-American women who owned beauty shops during decades before the civil rights movement. She speaks with host Michel Martin about how salons — then and now — have become centers for economic opportunity and political awareness.

Under Attack, Gingrich Struggles To Regain His Stride In Iowa

As he tried to overcome a wave of negative ads, Gingrich was forced to answer questions about two potentially damaging news stories on Tuesday — one about his previous support for Gov. Mitt Romney's health care plan and another about his first divorce.

Wavering In Iowa: Portraits Of Undecided Voters

As NPR takes to the road in Iowa this week, we are collecting the words and images of Iowa Republicans still uncertain who they will vote for in next Tuesday's state GOP presidential caucuses.

For Some Iowa Voters, Immigration Is Decisive Issue

Of course, the economy is the main issue for voters in Iowa's Jan. 3 caucuses. But as the state's Hispanic population surges, Republican candidates are struggling with how best to deal with voter concerns around illegal immigration.

In The Hunt For Votes, Romney Heads East To 2008 Iowa Stronghold

With more social conservatives in the race this time around, the Romney camp hopes the evangelical vote will splinter, propelling him to a top-two finish in Iowa.

For Some Iowa Voters, Immigration Is Decisive

GOP presidential candidates are touring Iowa ahead of next week's caucuses. The main issue for many voters there is the economy, but another hot topic is emerging: overhauling immigration policies. Iowa's Hispanic population is surging, and Republican candidates are struggling with how best to deal with voter concerns.

Negative Ads Chip Away At Gingrich's Standing

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich continues his bus tour of Iowa. After leading in the polls, he's had setbacks in recent days. Negative campaign ads by his opponents have hurt him with some voters. And on Tuesday, the former House speaker found his message side tracked by new disclosures involving the divorce from his first wife.

Obama To Nominate 2 Candidates For Fed Vacancies

Harvard professor Jeremy Stein is a Democrat who served as a senior adviser to Obama's Treasury Department. Republican Jerome Powell served at Treasury under the first President Bush.

Reversal On Health Mandate Came Late For Gingrich And Romney

Both Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney once supported the requirement that almost everyone have health coverage — a key plank of the federal overhaul. And both GOP presidential hopefuls stuck with that position a lot longer than you might realize.