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State Of The GOP Race: Are We In For A Protracted Primary Season?

For months, it looked like Mitt Romney might wrap the nomination up quickly. Now, he's engaged in an all-out war with Newt Gingrich. And with only a few short weeks until the Iowa caucuses, Republicans are wrapping their minds around the possibility of a long battle.
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Not So Fast Newt: Gingrich As Polling Phenomenon

We do know that it's a lot easier to tell a pollster you're for somebody than it is to vote for that somebody. The former is theory, the latter is fact. People know when they are going to vote and they get ready. No one knows when or even whether they're going to be polled.
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O'Donnell Challenging Hoyer For Maryland's 5th District

In a video released Wednesday, Anthony O'Donnell -- the Republican leader in the U.S. House of Delegates -- announced his intention to unseat U.S. House minority whip Steny Hoyer in Maryland's 5th district.

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2012 Campaign Ads Owe Debt To 'Daisy Petals'

The GOP presidential hopefuls are airing ads in nearly all of the early voting states. NPR's Ken Rudin, political ad expert Ken Goldstein and Robert Mann, author of Daisy Petals and Mushroom Clouds: LBJ, Barry Goldwater, and the Ad that Changed American Politics talk about ads past and present.
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5 Things You May Not Know About Rick Perry

He believes in cutting taxes, rolling back regulations, balancing the budget and increasing domestic energy production. Here are a few other things politics watchers will tell you that you might not know about Perry.
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Increase Gubernatorial Term Limits, Virginia Dems Say

Democrats in Virginia's House of Delegates are calling for a state amendment to extend the term limit for the governor's office beyond one term, saying it would force those in office to make better long-term decisions.

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GOP Frontrunners Spar In Lead Up To Iowa Caucus

Newt Gingrich has surged in the polls, but will trading jabs with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney pay off? In this week's political chat, host Michel Martin speaks with journalists Joy-Ann Reid and Mary Kate Cary about the race to win the GOP presidential nomination.
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Fate Of Payroll Tax Cut, Jobless Benefits Uncertain As Lawmakers Haggle

Once again, Democrats and Republicans are at odds over taxes and other issues — and extensions of programs including benefits for the long-term unemployed are being delayed. They're "stumbling from impasse to impasse," the Los Angeles Times writes.
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On The Hill, Gingrich Made Friends And Enemies

Newt Gingrich has spent decades weaving relationships in and around government — starting with his successful campaign to win the House majority back in the early 1990s. Some of his most ardent supporters now worked with him back then — but some of his angriest opponents did, too.

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