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Ayn Rand And The 2012 Presidential Campaign

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan credits author Ayn Rand for inspiring his political career. Rand’s influence on the conservative movement, and why Ryan is trying to distance himself from her philosophy.

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Understanding Hezbollah

The Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah has emerged as a major concern among U.S. security officials. Understanding the threat Hezbollah poses in the Middle East and the world.

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Federal Court Reinstates Early Voting Days In Parts Of Florida

A federal court has rejected part of Florida's new election law that would have restricted the number of early voting days. The ruling, affecting five counties, is a win for groups who say the new law was meant to suppress voter participation in areas with large minority populations.
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Obama, Romney Must Woo Seniors On Medicare Plans

For a week now, charges and counter charges have flown on the campaign trail about who would do what to Medicare. Did President Obama really cut $700 billion from the program? Does Republican challenger Mitt Romney really support a voucher system to replace the current program?
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Romney Says He Paid A Tax Rate Of At Least 13 Percent

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Thursday revealed a bit more about his tax history, telling reporters: "I never paid less than 13 percent" in the past 10 years. The Obama campaign's response: "Prove it."
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Rebutting Tax Criticism, Romney Gives A Number

Mitt Romney told reporters Thursday that he has never paid less than a 13 percent tax rate over the past decade. Until now, the presumptive Republican nominee had sidestepped questions about his personal income taxes. Romney has come under withering criticism over the tax issue from President Obama's campaign and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
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Beyond The Soundbite: Biden's 'Chains' Speech

Vice President Joe Biden has taken a lot of heat from the Romney campaign for telling a predominantly black audience that Romney would unchain Wall Street and put them back in chains. He made the remarks in Danville, Va., Tuesday. Here's a longer part of that speech that's gotten less airplay.

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