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Week In Politics: Taking The Country's Pulse

Guy Raz talks with weekly commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times, about the tough spot Congress is in, observations on the political divide, economic mobility and disagreement over core values.
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'When Did Liberals Become So Unreasonable?'

This week in New York Magazine, two writers from different political parties each critiqued their own side. On Thursday, we heard from conservative David Frum, who argues Republicans lost touch with reality. In the same issue, liberal writer Jonathan Chait also uses the word "fantasy" in describing liberals. He tells Steve Inskeep liberals have become unreasonable.
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A Holiday Guide For The Politically Inclined

President Obama's campaign recently urged supporters to stock up on 2012 merchandise for the holidays. Not to be outdone, the Republican White House candidates are hawking their own ballcaps and bumper stickers. Here, an NPR guide to campaign swag.
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Bachmann's 'Conviction' To Fixing Government

After a meteoric rise, GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is now polling in the single digits. But she's still plowing ahead with her campaign and this week she came out with a memoir. The Minnesota Congresswoman talks with co-host Steve Inskeep about Core of Conviction and aiming to win the nomination.
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Romney's Religion Could Play Role In Primaries, Poll Finds

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 24 percent of people it surveyed expressed a negative view of the religion, with white evangelical Protestants most likely to characterize Mormonism as "non-Christian." That's a key part of the GOP base.
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Occupy Protesters File Permit to Stay At Inner Harbor

Occupy Baltimore protestors have filed a permit to remain at an Inner Harbor park through the spring.

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David Frum Asks, 'When Did The GOP Lose Touch?'

Republican David Frum, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush, is seriously upset with the state of his party. He's written an article in the current New York magazine, titled "When Did the GOP Lose Touch with Reality?"

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