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Romney Campaigns In Unfriendly Territory Of Iowa

The Republican presidential nominating season kicks off in the next couple of months. Iowa will hold its caucuses on Jan. 3. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney has three events scheduled Thursday in the western part of state, which is not an area that has supported him.
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Tennessee Teachers Find It Hard To Make The Grade

Tennessee overhauled its teacher evaluation system last year to win a grant from the federal Race to the Top program, and now teachers say they are struggling to shine. But the state says that there's no way educators are performing at the top of their game when students are not.
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'Spirited' Primaries Could Aid GOP, Analysts Say

Tuesday night's brawl of a debate in Las Vegas erased any doubt that the fight for the Republican presidential nomination would get bitter. Some analysts say a drawn-out battle could toughen the eventual nominee, as it did in the 2008 Democratic contest.
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Maryland Redistricting Plan Signed Into Law

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley approved legislation Thursday that will shift the borders of the state's congressional districts in Democrats' favor.

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With Romney In Race, Mormon Church Steps Up Ads

As former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tries to overcome unease about his religion in his bid for the GOP nomination, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taken out billboards and TV ads in 12 new cities. The ads proclaim "I'm a Mormon" and aim to dispel misconceptions about the church.
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Fact Checking The GOP Debate

Melissa Block talks to Bill Adair, editor of the nonpartisan fact-checking website PolitiFact.com, to truth-squad some of the claims in Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate.
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Opponents Say S.C.'s Voting Law Unfair For The Poor

This year, South Carolina passed a law requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID at the polls. It still needs approval from the Justice Department. But voting rights advocates say it will be a burden for the poor and elderly who don't have birth certificates, or who have certificates with misspelled names or wrong dates.
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Why Is College So Expensive?

Occupy Wall Street protesters say the high cost of college is one of the barriers between them and a good life. College costs have skyrocketed, though maybe not as much as you might think.
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What's Next For The Republican Pack

After six weeks of debates and fluctuations in the polls, the Republican presidential hopefuls look to dramatically shift focus to their ground games in the coming weeks. Each candidate must organize offices in the early voting states, rack up endorsements, raise money and meet voters face-to-face.

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