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GOP Rivals Ratchet Up Intensity In S.C. Debate

Under heavy pressure from his rivals, front-runner Mitt Romney defended his record as a venture capitalist. He also insisted he bears no responsibility for attack ads aired by his allies, and grudgingly said he might release his income tax returns this spring.
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'Food Stamp President': Race Code, Or Just Politics?

All of the Republican presidential hopefuls take on President Obama in their stump speeches, attacking his health care plan, his jobs record and more. But the shorthand former House Speaker Newt Gingrich uses, calling the nation's first black president the "food stamp president," triggers questions about race.
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Deadline Day Arrives For Wisconsin Recall Petitions

Opponents of Gov. Scott Walker will deliver a truckload of petitions to Wisconsin's elections board Tuesday in an effort to force a recall election. Thousands of volunteers spent the past two months collecting signatures. Talk of recalling the governor began after he stripped most public unions of collective bargaining rights.
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RNC May Face Messy Delegates Issue

If the GOP presidential race is not effectively over following the South Carolina primary, it could easily drag on for months — with potential confusion about delegate counts. Both Florida and Arizona have violated Republican National Committee rules by awarding their delegates "winner-take-all" before April 1 — which will likely lead to rules challenges, should the delegate count matter.
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GOP Hopefuls Prepare To Debate In S.C.

Robert Siegel with NPR's Don Gonyea about Monday night's presidential candidate debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
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Botox Tax Goes Under The Knife In New Jersey

The Real Housewives of New Jersey may be able to save a few dollars on their next procedure. New Jersey's legislature has voted to phase out its so-called "Botax" — a 6 percent tax on cosmetic medical procedures like Botox. The bill is currently on Gov. Chris Christie's desk for approval.
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Super PACS Alter Nation's Campaign Landscape

The Supreme Court's 2010 Citizen's United ruling loosened campaign finance restrictions, enabling corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections. As a result, super PACs — political action committees — can solicit large corporate contributions and produce a plethora of attack ad campaigns.
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Unable To Gain Traction, Jon Huntsman Drops Out

Huntsman's candidacy never resonated with Republican primary voters. In announcing his withdrawal from the race, he says he will support Romney, calling him the "best equipped" to defeat President Obama.

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