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Ayotte Would Add Youth, Conservatism As VP Choice

That Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is even being considered as Mitt Romney's running mate is somewhat remarkable. Her state has just four electoral votes, and Ayotte has been a U.S. senator for less than two years. But as Romney nears his choice, Ayotte remains in the discussion.
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Chicago Teacher's Strike

Chicago teachers on strike: How the union’s fight over merit pay and job security highlights a broader national struggle.


Episode 392: Keeping The Biggest Secret In The U.S. Economy

How the federal agency that compiles the monthly jobs report makes sure it doesn't leak.

Not Always Clear Who's Funding Politics-Related Ads

The presidential campaign air war is already being waged to the tune of $20 million a week. Republican Mitt Romney is benefiting from millions of dollars in ads by so-called social welfare organizations, tax-exempt groups that don't have to disclose their donors.

Wireless Carriers Text 'NO' To Campaign Donations

Political candidates rely on phone banks, direct mail, bundling and other fundraising techniques, but the next big fundraising tool maybe your cell phone. In June, the Federal Election Commission gave the go-ahead for political donations via text message. But cell phone carriers aren't so excited. Audie Cornish speaks with political consultant Erik Nilsson to find out why.

Romney, Obama Spin July Jobs Report Differently

Job creation in July was better than in the previous months and better than expected. But Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney focused on the still-high unemployment rate in responding to the report today. President Obama said the report was a sign of progress in the economy.
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LGBT Activists Take On Chick-Fil-A With PDA Protest

LGBT activists are turning out around the country to engage in public displays of affection in and around Chick-fil-A restaurants, to protest disparaging comments made by the company's CEO about same-sex marriage.


It's All Politics, Aug. 2, 2012

Holy mackerel, it's the holy site edition of the podcast. NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin look back at the memorable — and controversial — moments of Mitt Romney's foreign trip, and then look ahead to the upcoming Republican and Democratic conventions. Also, a new Tea Party star is born.