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Conservative Movement At Crossroads

Each of the Republican presidential candidate claims to be the true conservative — but who is? And what does that mean, anyway? Host Guy Raz looks at the state of conservatism particularly as it applies to the GOP candidates in a roundtable discussion with Dan McCarthy, editor of The American Conservative; Matthew Franck, director of the William E. and Carol G. Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J.; and Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute.
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New Hampshire: Land Of Diversity. Really.

The small New England state, which holds its primary on Tuesday, may not be racially diverse. (In fact, it's 93.9 percent white.) But its residents defy stereotypes with their political independence. More voters in the state are registered "undeclared" than Republican or Democrat.
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Santorum Could Play Airtime Catch-Up In Pair Of Weekend Debates

Rick Santorum has complained about being disregarded during a string of Republican presidential debates. The former Pennsylvania senator has a point, but should be at the center of attention during a pair of televised debates this weekend that lead into the New Hampshire primary.
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Romney's Week: A Squeaker, A Love Fest And A Shrug

The GOP front-runner started the week telling Iowa supporters, "I need every vote." He didn't know how right he was. After an eight-vote victory in Iowa, he left for the loving embraces of New Hampshire and John McCain. Then came South Carolina, and not quite so much love.
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Ron Paul Touts Libertarianism In 'Live Free' State

Texas Congressman Ron Paul is back in New Hampshire, where he'll take part in Saturday night's debate with the other Republican candidates for president. On Friday, Paul addressed an enthusiastic crowd of supporters in Nashua and took particular aim at one of his competitors, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. NPR's Brian Naylor reports.
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Next GOP Stop: New Hampshire

On Tuesday, voters in New Hampshire will decide the second phase of the Republican presidential nominating contest, picking from a smaller field of GOP candidates than competed in Iowa. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Don Gonyea about how the candidates are faring and the significance of the primary.
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More Than Finance Ahead For New Consumer Chief

Though President Obama may have riled Republicans with his recess appointment of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, there is bipartisan agreement on Cordray's strong qualifications. Host Scott Simon talks with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about what's ahead for Cordray.
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What Jobs Numbers Mean For Obama's Employment

As the president seeks re-election, he points to progress made in improving the economy. For voters, believing the message may require feeling a change — sooner rather than later.
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Debate Over Appointees Hinges On One Word: Recess

President Obama bypassed Congress this week in appointing Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and filling vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board. Republicans called the appointments an unconstitutional power grab and said they were made while the Senate was still technically in session.

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