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Week In Politics: Republican Presidential Field; This Week's Elections

Guy Raz speaks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times.
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Obama's Trip Focuses On The Pacific

President Obama left Friday for a nine-day trip to Hawaii, Australia and Indonesia. The president is trying to justify this long foreign excursion by saying that it will create American jobs.
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For Gingrich, A Slow And Steady Climb To The Top

This summer, the former House speaker's campaign seemed to bottom out when most of his staff quit. Now, the 68-year-old finds himself in the top tier of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. He credits his rise in the polls to his "serious, substantive approach" to the issues.
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CQ Roll Call: Super Committee At 'Make Or Break' Point

David Hawkings talks about the super commitee running up against their deadline, and the slimmest glimmer of bipartisanship coming from Congress this week.

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WaPo's McCartney: Republicans Big Win, Ulysses Currie Was Acquitted

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives analysis on the Republicans' big win this week and the aftermath of State Sen. Ulysses Currie's trial.

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Poll: Cain, Romney, Gingrich Tied; Most In GOP Unfazed By Harassment Charges

"Volatile" is one of the words that probably best describes the race for the Republican presidential nomination and a new CBS News poll captures that flux. The national poll indicates a three-way tie, showing Herman Cain at 18 percent and Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich at 15 percent each.
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VIDEO: Gov. Perry's 'Top 10 Excuses'

On David Letterman, the Texas governor had some fun at his own expense. Excuse No. 10: ""There were three reasons why I messed up last night: 1) The nerves 2) The headache and 3) Um...Uh...Oops."
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Romney Campaigns In Michigan Against Car Bailout

Michigan is expected to be a battleground in next year's presidential election. The state has a double-digit jobless rate but also has an auto industry that's being revived after getting federal help in 2009. President Obama points to that as a success story. But Republican candidates maintain the bailout was a bad idea. Among them, former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney — a Michigan native whose father once ran a car company.

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