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Week In Politics: Jobs; Recess Appointments; GOP Campaigns

Melissa Block 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 jobs numbers, Obama's recess appointments and presidential campaign developments.

Not Officially Republicans, 'Undeclared' Voters Could Sway N.H. Race

More than 4 in 10 New Hampshire voters are listed as undeclared. But research shows most of them identify with a political party.
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Cuccinelli: Resigning Unnecessary For Gubernatorial Run

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is dismissing calls for him to resign in advance of his planned run for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2013.

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WaPo's McCartney: Harry Thomas, D.C. Scandals, Virginia GOP

Harry Thomas Jr. resigns, how Mayor Vincent Gray reacts, and trouble brewing with the Virginia GOP.


U.S. Economy: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Friday's jobs report could be seen as good news — but not for President Obama, according to GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. So where is the economy heading this year, and what does it mean for November's election?
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Bolling's Tie-Breaking Role In Virginia Senate Unclear

In a memorandum, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling clarified his authority to break ties in the Virginia senate, but that role is still unclear.
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CQ Roll Call: Republican Still Blocking Obama's Nominations, Few Changes After Anniversary Of Tuscan Shooting

Obama is not backing away of his nomination of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Protection Financial Industry, as Republicans continue to criticize the decision.

Taking New Hampshire's Temperature, On A Frozen Lake

Fishermen on a frozen lake provided us with an unfiltered Granite State take on the current crop of Republican contenders.

Report: Tiny Miscalculation Might Have Slightly Skewed Iowa Caucuses Count

One caucusgoer is sure Mitt Romney was given 20 more votes than he should have gotten. Since Rick Santorum was reportedly just eight votes behind, that little miscalculation could mean a lot. But state GOP officials doubt the outcome will change.