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PR Blitz Aims To Win Support For Obama Nominee

The Obama administration is turning up the heat on Republican Senators who've threatened to block confirmation of Richard Cordray, a former attorney general from Ohio who is the president's nominee to head a new financial watchdog agency. A Senate vote is expected Thursday.
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Revisiting Newt Gingrich's 1997 Ethics Investigation

This week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested she might release details of the 1990s ethics investigation into then-Speaker Newt Gingrich. An investigative committee, on which Pelosi served, concluded that Gingrich had used tax-exempt funds for partisan purposes.
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GOP Presidential Hopefuls Make Bid For Jewish Vote

The Republican candidates spoke to the national Republican Jewish Coalition Wednesday in Washington, D.C. They all showed support for Israel while slamming President Obama's Mideast policy.
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Civics Lesson: 12th-Graders Attend 'Occupy K Street'

A 12th grade social studies class from Maryland saw democracy in action yesterday as they observed the "Occupy K Street" protest on a field trip.

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Women's Groups Outraged By Ruling On Morning-After Pill

The Health and Human Services secretary overruled the FDA's opinion that the "Plan B" emergency contraceptive pill is safe and effective enough to be sold without a prescription — and without any age restrictions. Women's health advocates say the action reminds them of how the Bush administration treated the issue.
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The Tweets, Tics And Turns Of Twitter Politics

Is public political discourse any different in the new age of social media? Survey says: Yes. Negative tweets about the GOP hopefuls outnumbered positive tweets by at least 2 to 1, according to a new report.
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Kaine, Allen Face Off In Virginia Senatorial Debate

Tim Kaine and George Allen squared off in the first debate of the 2012 Virginia Senate race. Debate moderator Bob Gibson weighs in on what we learned from the day's discussion.

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Gingrich's Most Important Adviser: Himself

The candidate's recent — and sudden — rise in the polls has required him to quickly pull together a larger campaign organization. He has added paid staffers in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and has a group of unpaid advisers. Still, the chief figure in the Gingrich brain trust remains Gingrich himself.
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GOP Candidates Affirm Their Support Of Israel

The GOP presidential contenders addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition Forum Wednesday. Lynn Neary talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro for more.

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