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Congress Agrees On Payroll Tax Extension

Congressional negotiators have finally finished the details on a deal to extend the payroll tax holiday through the end of the year. A final vote may take place Friday or Saturday.
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Glitter Covers The Presidential Campaign Trail

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block talk about recent "glitter bombs" on Presidential candidates and the history behind the sparkly demonstrations.
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Doctors Dreading Looming Cut To Medicare Payments

Congress appears ready to once again defer a scheduled cut in pay for doctors who treat Medicare patients. This time the cut would otherwise be just shy of 30 percent. But at the end of the year, doctors will once again be at the mercy of lawmakers and some say they're growing weary of the annual uncertainty.
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In Arizona, Romney Can't Take Mormons For Granted

There's a noticeable streak of Mormon libertarianism in the West, and the Ron Paul campaign has actively courted that vote. While Republican Mitt Romney retains strong support among many of his faith, others see their religion more in line with a much smaller-government approach to politics.
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In One Maine County, Every Caucus Vote May Count

Last weekend, Mitt Romney narrowly defeated Ron Paul in the Maine caucuses. But rural Washington County, considered a Paul stronghold by his supporters, delayed its caucus until this Saturday because of bad weather. Even though the state party will not revise the straw poll total, Paul's supporters are defiant.
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Third Republican Now Supports Gay Marriage In Maryland

Support for a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland has picked up another GOP supporter -- the second in the House and the third in the GOP caucus.

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Illinois Primary Results and Americans Elect

Diane and her guests discuss the results of the Illinois GOP primary and a push from a group called Americans Elect to create a nonpartisan ticket on the ballot in November.

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Unlocking The Mysteries Of Delegate Selection

What's the difference between primaries and caucuses, and why do states have different systems for choosing delegates? Political scientist Josh Putnam explains how delegates are picked, and how the process changed after the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

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