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Romney Adviser Defends Candidate's Statements About Palestinian Culture

A top foreign policy adviser to Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended statements the Republican presidential candidate made in Israel about Palestinian culture.

Threat Of Sequestration Ruffles Capitol Hill

Sequestration is on the minds of many on Capitol Hill. It's the jargony term for automatic across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to begin taking place in January if politicians cannot agree on a deal to cut the federal deficit. Half of those cuts — totaling some $500 billion — would come from defense. House Republicans are blaming the Obama administration and are demanding the Pentagon explain where it would cut. The Pentagon refuses even to plan for the cuts.

McGovern Campaign Marked Beginning Of Direct Mail

All this week, we're looking at the political tools presidential campaigns bring out in election years. Today, Audie Cornish speaks with two pioneers of direct mail. Morris Dees was the force behind the direct mail efforts of Senator George McGovern's campaign in 1971-1972. The campaign brought in millions thanks to hundreds of thousands of small donors reached through direct mail. We also hear from Richard Viguerie, who has been nicknamed a "funding father" of the conservative movement. He was a pioneer of the donor list, which is considered gold to campaigns today.

Politics Runs In The Family Of DNC Keynote Speaker

Democrats have chosen Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, to give the keynote address at the upcoming Democratic National Convention. It marks a first for Hispanics.

President Obama Goes After Romney's Tax Plan

President Obama campaigned in Ohio on Wednesday. He ripped into the tax proposals of his Republican rival Mitt Romney and said they would tax lower income people to pay for tax breaks for the wealthy. Ari Shapiro talks to Audie Cornish.
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Part 4: Morale Of Federal Workers Fluctuates As Cuts Loom

Federal employees have expressed frustration at the prospect of doing their jobs on diminished budgets, but workers are not uniformly opposed to looming federal cuts, and some even welcome the debate.


In Ohio, Obama Seeks Middle-Class Mantle Romney's Team Would Deny Him

Campaigning in Ohio, President Obama leaned heavily on a new analysis of Mitt Romney's economic plan that concluded the Republican's proposal would mean higher taxes for middle-class families while lowering them for the superwealthy.