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Lawmakers Face Off On Pentagon Spending Cuts

The battle over sequestration is getting louder, as the defense industry mobilizes to prevent across-the-board cuts to Pentagon spending. Non-defense groups are trying to avoid being drowned out. NPR's Larry Abramson reports.
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Analysis: Congress Approves Spending Extension To Tackle 'Fiscal Cliff' Later

Congress announced a deal Tuesday that would avert government shutdown in October. As The Hill's Alex Bolton explains, they're trying to clear the issue off the docket for the lame duck session so they have more time to address tax cuts and sequestration.

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D.C. Abortion Bill Defeated In U.S. House

A Congressional bill that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks in D.C. was defeated in the U.S. House, a development which was cheered by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Nortion.


Political Stumbles Mark Romney's Trip Abroad

Mitt Romney headed home on Tuesday after an overseas trip to three countries. The presumptive Republican nominee visited Poland, where he delivered a speech in Warsaw. He also visited the United Kingdom and Israel.

Teens Petition For A Woman To Moderate Fall Debate

Audie Cornish speaks with a high school student who gathered almost 120,000 signatures on a petition she created with two civics classmates. Emma Axelrod of Montclair, N.J., and her friends are asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to select a woman to moderate at least one of this fall's presidential debates. The young women point out in their petition that it's been 20 years since a female moderator has run a presidential debate. They tried to deliver that petition to the Commission in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

Romney Campaign Stokes VP Tension With New App

The biggest mystery currently looming over the political world is who Mitt Romney will pick as his running mate. The campaign has actively built suspense over the announcement — offering supporters a chance to meet the eventual pick and tweeting out the names of some contenders believed to be on a shortlist. On Tuesday, the campaign released a smartphone app called "Mitt's VP" and promised that those who download it will be the first to know who Romney chooses. Audie Cornish has more.

Phone Banks A Staple Of Campaigning Since 1968

As part of our series on the campaign toolbox, Audie Cornish talks to Wally Clinton about the early days of phone banking. In the 1960s, he helped to turn the phone into a tool for mass contacts in presidential campaigns. He still works in political telemarketing as Chairman and CEO of the American Directions Group.