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Democrats Give Up On Capturing Maine Senate Seat

It looks like the Democratic Party has all but given up on clinching the seat now held by retiring Republican Senator Olympia Snowe. Independent Angus King has lead in the polls since he announced he was running. Even the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee isn't helping Democrat Cynthia Dill in her run for the seat.

Tampa Home To The RNC And The Most Political Ads

When the Republican convention in begins in Tampa next week, it will do so in the number one most advertised TV market this election cycle.

In The Theater Of Politics, Staging Is Everything

As the party conventions approach, elaborate theatrics on the part of presidential candidates are at the forefront. NPR critic Bob Mondello takes a look at the ways campaigns frame their candidates to make them stand out like Broadway stars.

Obama's Energy Policy Contrasts With Romney's Plan

Melissa Block talks with Steven Mufson, who covers energy for the Washington Post, about Obama's energy policy over the past four years. They discuss its successes, failures and if the U.S. is any closer to energy independence.

Presidential Campaign Ads Target Seniors In Fla., Younger Voters In N.H.

In Florida, the ad war centers on Medicare. In New Hampshire, a big topic this week is federal student loans. The ads show how the campaigns are tailoring their message to specific voters in key states.
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The Politics Hour

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous joins the Politics Hour crew to chat about what he feels is at stake in this year's elections and how they are conducted.


Jane Mayer: Obama In 'Impossible Bind' Over Donors

In this week's New Yorker, the journalist details how the electoral climate since the Citizens United ruling in 2010 has negatively affected the Obama campaign's appeal to Democratic donors. Mayer tells Fresh Air that Obama has to make a "terrible choice between his principles and politics."