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In GOP Primary Race, Can Steadiness Trump Passion?

For almost a year, Mitt Romney has tried to portray himself as the grown-up in the Republican race for the presidential nomination. Now, over the course of two debates and countless Florida campaign stops, the buttoned-up businessman is showing that he can get tough, too.
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Study: SuperPACs Behind Nearly Half Of 2012 Ads

The role of outside money groups' advertising in the GOP presidential campaign has surged since four years ago, according to a new analysis from the Wesleyan Media Project. "They went from about 3 percent of total ad airings in the 2008 race to almost half, about 44 percent, in 2012," says Director Erika Franklin Fowler.
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Audit Shows $240M Budget Surplus In D.C.

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After several years of financial difficulty, D.C. is back in the black after posting a large budget surplus to the tune of $240 million.

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Republicans, Democrats Aren't That Far Apart, Study Says

If creatures from another planet are listening in on what our politicians and pundits have to say, they might think Democrats and Republicans are about as far apart politically as possible. New research says that's just not so.
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Romney Had Testy Target In Gingrich; Will Obama Likewise Oblige?

In the fight for Florida, Mitt Romney was able to exploit Newt Gingrich's famed lack of discipline to get the speaker to at times become speechless and to reveal a nasty streak which turns many voters off. Romney may try the same thing with President Obama but the incumbent will be a tougher target since he is famed for his discipline.
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CQ Roll Call: Extending Payroll Tax Holiday, Congressional Reaction To BRAC

Despite agreeing on the necessity of extending the payroll tax holiday beyond February, Democrats and Republicans haven't yet agreed how to pay for it.

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How Primary Skirmish Toughens White House Bid

Candidates vying for the GOP nomination will face off at the ballot box on Tuesday during Florida's primary. Host Michel Martin looks at who has momentum heading into the Sunshine State, and what impact the Super PACS are having on the campaign. She talks with U.S. News and World Report Columnist Mary Kate Cary and journalism professor Cynthia Tucker.
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GOP Presidential Contest: Is It Over Or Just Getting Started?

Mitt Romney's last three rivals have started preparing their backers for a disappointment on primary night in Florida. But they still insist they're in the race until the August convention. Anything less than a show of absolute confidence has a tendency to become a self-fulfilling prophecy of doom.
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Tennessee Gov. Haslam Proposes Modest Tax Cuts

With no income tax, Tennessee lives and dies by the sales tax. Revenues have increased each of the last 21 months, but the budget still isn't where it was five years ago. Still, Gov. Bill Haslam has proposed lowering the tax on food and trimming back the estate tax.

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