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Obama's Hope: A Younger, More Diverse Electorate

The young, educated and ethnically diverse voters that make up some of President Obama's key constituencies will be a bigger percentage of the electorate in 2012. But this demographic shift may not be enough to compensate for the president's dwindling approval ratings.

Senate Approves Sanctions On Iran

In a clear rebuff to the Obama administration, the Senate approved a defense bill amendment for tough sanctions targeting the Central Bank of Iran. Administration officials are warning that the measures could undermine international cooperation against Iran.
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Pew Study Shows Rise In Religious Lobbying

Maureen Fiedler of Interfaith Voices interviews Allen Hertzke about a Pew Forum report on the fivefold increase in the amount of money being spent by religious groups on lobbying in Washington since 1970.


GOP Candidates Step Up Attacks On Each Other

As the contests in Iowa and New Hampshire near, the Republican presidential hopefuls are no longer keeping their sniping focused on President Obama. In the past few days, the contenders have shown themselves to be ready to fight each other.
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Cuccinelli To Run For Governor

Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli is expected to be in the running to replace Governor Bob McDonnell when his term is up in 2013, according to reports.

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D.C. Council Rushes To Pass Ethics Reform

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The D.C. Council continues to wrestle with ethics reform, and members got a bit of a tongue-lashing yesterday from D.C. Attorney General Irv Nathan.


GOP, Obama Dispute How To Pay For Tax Holiday

Gene Sperling, head of the president's National Economic Council, talks to Steve Inskee about extending the payroll tax cut. The Obama administration is pushing Congress to extend the cut before it expires at the end of the year. Republicans are expected to vote no because it calls for a tax on the wealthy.