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Kaine, Allen Face Off In Virginia Senatorial Debate

Tim Kaine and George Allen squared off in the first debate of the 2012 Virginia Senate race. Debate moderator Bob Gibson weighs in on what we learned from the day's discussion.

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Gingrich's Most Important Adviser: Himself

The candidate's recent — and sudden — rise in the polls has required him to quickly pull together a larger campaign organization. He has added paid staffers in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and has a group of unpaid advisers. Still, the chief figure in the Gingrich brain trust remains Gingrich himself.
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GOP Candidates Affirm Their Support Of Israel

The GOP presidential contenders addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition Forum Wednesday. Lynn Neary talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro for more.
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Blagojevich Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison. He was convicted of 18 corruption charges. A federal judge in Chicago handed down the sentence after Blagojevich himself addressed the court and pleaded for mercy.
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Is There Truth In Gingrich's Remarks On The Poor?

Newt Gingrich has made controversial comments about the lack of employed role models for poor kids — and suggested that they be given jobs after school as janitors. Those who have been dealing with children and poverty for years say Gingrich's comments may be exaggerated, but there's an element of truth in what he says.
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New Mitt Romney Iowa Ad Makes Claim Newt Gingrich Can't: One Marriage

Mitt Romney had a handy counterargument for all those who have called him a political flip flopper: his apparent steadfastness in all his personal commitments, like his 42-year marriage to his wife Anne. Turns out, that argument can do double duty since it helps Romney draw a contrast with Newt Gingrich who is on his third marriage.
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Rick Perry Wears Faith On (Barn Coat) Sleeve In New Iowa Ad

In the latest reminder that he's still in the race (if apparently not in the hunt) for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a new TV ad in Iowa in which he makes a naked appeal to the state's religious conservatives who are expected to play an important role in the upcoming caucuses.

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