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It's All Politics, Aug. 9, 2012

In what could be the last podcast before Romney's V.P. announcement, NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin once again review the finalists. Plus, a look at the latest Obama and Romney ads, more battleground state polls, primary results in Missouri and elsewhere, and a look ahead to the next Tea Party target.

'Teavangelicals' Stronger Than Ever, Author Says

The Tea Party has been a major political force behind shaping the current Congress and choosing the GOP's rising stars. The Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody says the power behind the Tea Party comes from conservative Christian evangelicals. He talks with host Michel Martin about his recently released book, Teavangelicals.

Voter ID Laws: Necessity Or Burden?

A wave of states are implementing or considering laws that would require a government photo ID to vote. Some say the laws could disenfranchise voters, others say ID is required for basic needs. Host Michel Martin talks with journalist Kristal Brent Zook and Abigail Thernstrom of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
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Maryland Senate To Vote On Gaming Bill Friday

As expected, a bill that would expand gaming in Maryland made it through committee Thursday, clearing the way for a full vote in the State Senate and consideration by the General Assembly.


Publisher Pulls Controversial Thomas Jefferson Book, Citing Loss Of Confidence

Christian book company Thomas Nelson Publishers is ending its publishing and distribution of evangelical David Barton's controversial book, The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson. The publisher says it has lost confidence in the book's details.

Obama Targets Romney On Tax Credit For Wind Energy Producers

The president supports extending the credit that's due to expire at the end of the year. His GOP rival does not. Their positions may have consequences in two battleground states: Iowa and Colorado.

Obama Talks Clean Energy, Latino Issues In Colorado

President Obama wrapped up a two-day campaign trip through Colorado on Thursday.

On The Trail, Even Republicans Spin Clinton Years Into Gold

In this year's presidential campaign, both parties are trying to use Bill Clinton's presidency to their advantage. Although he's popular and the economy was better then, it could be a risky strategy — because Clinton is not just a symbol.