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Super PACs Promise A Super-Packed 2012

Many political watchers say the 2012 presidential campaign is shaping up to be the most expensive election cycle in American history. One reason: the growing influence of political action committees, independent groups that raise money largely from corporations, trade unions and the wealthy. Host Scott Simon talks with Bill Burton, co-founder of the Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA, about his group's fundraising efforts for the 2012 presidential election.
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It's A Slow Season For Campaign Fundraising

The books closed at midnight on another reporting period for the Federal Election Commission, as candidates and political action committees continue to fill their coffers for the 2012 election. Host Scott Simon talks with Tony Corrado, professor of government at Colby College, about campaign fundraising for the 2012 presidential race.
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Al-Awlaki's Death Raises Questions About U.S. Tactics

A joint CIA and U.S. military operation targeted and killed the cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in an air strike this week. Awlaki had been linked to terrorist attacks against the United States and was a key target for several years. NPR's Rachel Martin shares the latest with host Scott Simon.
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Florida Faces Protests Over Early Primary Date

Florida's decision to schedule its Republican presidential primary early, at the end of January, is drawing howls from other states jealously guarding their early positions. Florida officials are betting they won't be penalized by the GOP for jumping the gun.
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As Election Looms, Obama Seeks To Rouse His Base

In recent days, President Obama has reached out to black and Latino voters. On Saturday, he'll speak to the nation's largest gay rights group, part of an effort to re-energize the coalition that helped send him to the White House. But his governing has left some of his early supporters disappointed.
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Debate Erupts Over Legality Of Awlaki's Killing

Anwar al-Awlaki may have been one of the most wanted men in the world, but he hadn't been convicted of a crime in American or international courts. Civil liberties groups are arguing the Obama administration may have gone too far by killing Awlaki far away from the battlefield.
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Week In Politics: GOP Primary Dates; Herman Cain; Chris Christie

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times.
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Fla. Moves Up Its Primary Date

Florida wants to be no lower than fifth on the calendar of presidential nominating events in 2012, and Friday its Legislature moved to hold its primary on Jan. 31. That is expected to move the Iowa caucuses into the first week of the year.

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