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Some Democrats To Skip Obama's Renomination Party

This year's Democratic National Convention has already shrunk by a day. Now it appears the attendance for the event is shrinking, too. At least a dozen prominent Democrats say they won't be able to make it. All are facing tough election campaigns in places where President Obama's popularity lags.
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Ahmadiyya Muslim Leader Visits Capitol Hill

Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the spiritual leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, spoke with leaders on Capitol Hill Wednesday about his community's push for peace across the globe.


Influx Of Puerto Ricans Changes Fla.'s Voter Calculus

There are now almost as many Puerto Ricans in Florida as Cubans. And around Orlando, there are far more. Puerto Ricans tend to vote Democratic, but local Republicans are doing what they can to cut into the Democrats' margin.

Translating The Veepstakes

The road to the vice presidency, history shows, is paved with feigned disinterest. As one analyst puts it: "Everyone says 'no' publicly, but nobody says 'no' when they're actually asked." And there are all sorts of variations on the "no" that really mean "maybe." Here's a brief guide.

Obama Saw Immediate Fundraising Spike After Same-Sex Marriage Announcement

An NPR analysis of recently filed financial disclosure reports shows a nearly three-fold increase in donations over the 72 hours following the May 9 announcement that he supports gay marriage.
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Compromise Could Limit Access To Federal Transportation Money

Congressional conferees are scrambling to reach a compromise on the federal transportation bill Wednesday. While the current version could give states more control over federal dollars, it could cost local governments access to funds for safety projects.


Read The Tea Leaves, But Justices (And Their Clerks) Aren't Telling

Only a few dozen people know how the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. And it'll stay that way until Thursday morning. Justices and their law clerks don't leak opinions, which may explain the intense focus on what tea leaves can be read.

Presidential Campaigns Move Into High Gear

With the Republican primary season completed, the presidential campaigns are buckling down for the months ahead. NPR's Ron Elving and political strategists Vin Weber and Anna Greenberg discuss the presidential race, key battleground states and what it will take for candidates Romney or Obama to win in November.

Where's The Bathroom? Half Of All State Lawmakers Will Be New On The Job

Due to big GOP gains in 2010 and likely turnover this fall, about half the nation's state legislators will have just two years' experience or less when they take their seats next January.