As South Carolina gears up for this weekend's primary, hopefuls are spending millions on ads slamming the president and each other. Host Michel Martin speaks to NPR's Ron Elving and Rosemarie Ostler, author of the book "Slinging Mud," about how ads today fit into America's colorful history of political attack campaigns.
There are reports Thursday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry will leave the GOP presidential race, and Iowa officials announced final results of the state's Republican presidential nominating caucuses held earlier this month.
GOP presidential candidates have clashed over Bain Capital, the firm Mitt Romney formerly headed. In the "private equity" investing world, only wealthy individuals and large institutions, such as pension funds, are welcome. That's Bain's world.
A tiny fraction of D.C. residents trained for commercial driver's licenses last year were actually hired as drivers; meanwhile, the outside training firms raked in city funding for the training programs.
On the evening of the Jan. 3 caucuses, it was estimated Mitt Romney was eight votes ahead. Now, official say, Rick Santorum has a slight edge. Still, it's basically a split decision. Some precincts' results are missing.
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