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Iowa Reluctantly Warms To Romney

Many Iowa Republicans still have misgivings about Mitt Romney, but those concerns may to be melting away for some. The final poll by the Des Moines Register puts Romney slightly in the lead in Iowa, just ahead of Congressman Ron Paul.
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2012: A Better Year, Unless Europe's Debt Blows It Up

The year that passed disappointed both investors and job seekers. Economists think the new year will be a bit better, with GDP growth rising to 2.4 percent. Much depends on European leaders' ability to fix the ongoing debt crisis; they may find a solution in 2012, but consequences are dire if not.
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2012 Elections May Settle Scores In The Senate, Too

While all focus on has been on the future of the White House, the fate of the Senate hangs in the balance of 2012 as well. Host Audie Cornish talks with Jennifer Duffy of the Cook Political Report about what's at stake in the U.S. Senate.
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GOP Candidates Join Another Party For New Year's

How did the Republican candidates celebrate the new year in Iowa? NPR's Sonari Glinton finds out.
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A New Year's Forecast For The Health Care Bill

One of the biggest political question marks going into 2012 is the fate of the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Audie Cornish speaks with Noam Levey of the Los Angeles Times about what's ahead for Americans in terms of health care in the new year, including a constitutional challenge to the law's mandatory health care provision.
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2011: An Extraordinary Year For Gay Rights

Among the highlights: the passage of New York's Marriage Equality Act; and the end of "don't ask, don't tell." We take a look back with Dan Savage and interview the first same-sex couple to get married in New York.
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This Year In Congress: Much Drama, Little To Show

There were at least three countdowns to shutdown, there was the debt-limit fight, plus the will-they-or-won't-they drama over the payroll tax holiday. Looking at how few bills were actually signed into law this year, one might conclude this session was mostly sizzle and not much steak.
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For Gingrich, A Week Of Attacks And Falling In Polls

It's been grueling for Newt Gingrich as he defends his record just days before the Iowa caucuses. Some of the stress may have surfaced Friday when one question brought on the tears.
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Obama's Grade In Foreign Policy 2011: 'Incomplete'

Much of global affairs lies beyond any one country's control, even for the most powerful country in the world. Still, the global landscape looks completely different from one year ago, in part due to President Obama's accomplishments.

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