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Constituents Disgusted With Do-Nothing Congress

Members of Congress failed to reach many agreements this year, and that didn't go unnoticed by the American people. Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, tells Linda Wertheimer that polls shows "historic levels of public discontent with Congress."
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Romney Packs 'Em In As Momentum Builds In Iowa

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney had down played his prospects in Iowa for most of this year. But with the caucuses just days away, Romney is crisscrossing the state. He seems determined to prove he'll be tough enough to take on President Obama.
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N.H. Voters Look For Calm Amid Economic Jitters

New Hampshire's economy looks pretty good compared with much of the nation. But even there, confidence has been shaken, and many families' economic outlook has declined. Republican voters are trying to figure out which presidential candidate offers the best plan to soothe economic anxiety.
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Signs The End Is Nigh For Some GOP Candidates

It's increasingly clear who among the six GOP candidates competing in Iowa will likely leave without a coveted win, place or show "ticket" out on Jan. 3. NPR traveled to Indianola, Iowa, to check out events for two once high-flying candidates: Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
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Romney Jabs Rival, But Says He'd Take A President Paul Over Obama Part 2

The former Massachusetts governor took a swipe at GOP rival Ron Paul and his isolationist foreign policy positions while campaigning in Iowa Wednesday, but he later told reporters he would support the outspoken Texas congressman if he were the Republican Party nominee for president.
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Why Tea Party Freshmen Caved On Payroll Tax Deal

They spent weeks vowing to oppose a short-term compromise bill extending payroll tax cuts and unemployment insurance. But in the end, not one of them showed up to oppose Speaker Boehner's plan. NPR has new details about the Tea Party's private deliberations.
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Lonely And Cold, Iowa 'Occupiers' Seem Ill-Equipped To Take Over Caucus

The rumor has been out there for weeks, and the state's voting laws suggest it could be possible: though only registered Republicans may participate, anyone can register for the party on caucus night and vote.
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Despite Signs Of Hope, Iowa Voters Question Economy

The economy is expected to be the No. 1 issue in next year's presidential race. But the states holding the first primary contests are not exactly typical. In Iowa, the unemployment rate is far below the national average. Jobs in small towns, however, remain scarce.
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Complaining About Rivals' Attack Ads, Gingrich Fires Back Off The Air

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich renewed his pledge not to run any negative ads. But campaigning in Mason City, Gingrich said that won't stop him from personally attacking the record of his opponents.

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