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Political Stumbles Mark Romney's Trip Abroad

Mitt Romney headed home on Tuesday after an overseas trip to three countries. The presumptive Republican nominee visited Poland, where he delivered a speech in Warsaw. He also visited the United Kingdom and Israel.
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Teens Petition For A Woman To Moderate Fall Debate

Audie Cornish speaks with a high school student who gathered almost 120,000 signatures on a petition she created with two civics classmates. Emma Axelrod of Montclair, N.J., and her friends are asking the Commission on Presidential Debates to select a woman to moderate at least one of this fall's presidential debates. The young women point out in their petition that it's been 20 years since a female moderator has run a presidential debate. They tried to deliver that petition to the Commission in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
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Romney Campaign Stokes VP Tension With New App

The biggest mystery currently looming over the political world is who Mitt Romney will pick as his running mate. The campaign has actively built suspense over the announcement — offering supporters a chance to meet the eventual pick and tweeting out the names of some contenders believed to be on a shortlist. On Tuesday, the campaign released a smartphone app called "Mitt's VP" and promised that those who download it will be the first to know who Romney chooses. Audie Cornish has more.
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Phone Banks A Staple Of Campaigning Since 1968

As part of our series on the campaign toolbox, Audie Cornish talks to Wally Clinton about the early days of phone banking. In the 1960s, he helped to turn the phone into a tool for mass contacts in presidential campaigns. He still works in political telemarketing as Chairman and CEO of the American Directions Group.
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Part 3: In Presidential Race, Both Sides Woo Federal Workers

Federal workers are expected to play a big role in deciding swing state Virginia in November's elections. But while many assume Republican rhetoric about smaller government would sway them toward the left, it's not that simple.

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Obama And Bush's Shared First-Term Obsession: Battleground States

A political scientist observes that President Obama and his immediate White House predecessor, George W. Bush, spent a disproportionate amount of their first terms visiting battleground states.
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Deal Struck To Avoid Possibility Of Government Shutdown In October

Republican and Democratic leaders have agreed on a plan to fund the government for the first six months of fiscal 2013. Still left to debate: whether to extend the so-called Bush tax cuts and looming, deep automatic cuts in some spending.
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Obama Picks San Antonio Mayor For Convention Keynote

Julian Castro, the high-achieving and young mayor of San Antonio, will become the first Hispanic American to give the keynote address at a Democratic convention.

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