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N.H. Tea Partiers Weigh Their Remaining Choices

Tea Party voters were expected to play a key role in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, but with movement hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry low in the polls, and Herman Cain now out of the race, the Tea Party vote remains very much in play. New Hampshire Public Radio's Josh Rogers reports.
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Reconstituting The Constitution: How To Rewrite It?

That's the question scholar Christopher Phillips is asking in theoretical discussions at schools and cafes across the country. You can add your own amendment to the discussion.
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Why Iowa Could Be Rick Perry's 'Alamo' Moment

The GOP hopeful has been making a last-ditch play to keep his campaign alive by placing in the top three in Iowa, where he once topped the Republican caucus polls. A good showing in Saturday night's debate would help.
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Congress Won't Recess To Block Obama Appointments

The end-of-year holidays have traditionally allowed presidents to bypass Congress and push through contested nominees with recess appointments. But with threats that House Republicans will stay in session over the holidays to block nominations, President Obama has tough political decisions to make.
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Moran Holds Line On Environmental Riders To Spending Bill

Senator Jim Moran (D-Va.) refuses to compromise on a rider to the controversial spending bill that would limit the government's ability to regulate pollution across state lines.

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Week In Politics: Economy; GOP Primary Race

Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the economy and the GOP primary race.
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Brennan Discusses Defense Authorization Bill

Robert Siegel speaks with John Brennan, chief counterterrorism adviser to President Obama, about why the administration is threatening to veto the National Defense Authorization bill if it contains certain sections passed by the Senate.
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Congress Pushes Bills To Promote Cybersecurity

Congress isn't doing much — with the major exception of cybersecurity. Citing rare bipartisan agreement and a common sense of purpose, members of both parties are advancing bills designed to protect American businesses and government agencies from hackers and intellectual property pirates. The proposed laws allow the government to block Americans' access to certain overseas websites, as well as make it legal for Internet service providers to share with the government information about emails and other traffic traveling their networks, in the interest of detecting and stopping cyberattacks. Sponsors of the bills say they're necessary to protect the U.S. from hacker disaster. But skeptics say the fears are overblown, and the legislation could take the U.S. closer to having its own version of the Great Firewall of China.

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