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Chicago Ward Gives Budgetary Power To The People

The alderman in the 49th Ward became the first elected official in the country to hand over the purse strings to his constituents in 2009. Three years later, the "participatory budgeting" experiment is still attracting new residents to planning meetings.

Can May Polls Predict A November Winner?

Pollsters often ask: "If the election were held today, who would you vote for?" The fundamental problem is that the election is not being held today. But while a lot will change between now and November, strategists say campaigns use early polling to help shape a winning message.
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Analysis: Mayor Vincent Gray, 'A Fool Or A Liar'

With two campaign aides pleading guilty in connection to a federal probe looking into fraud in his 2010 campaign, Washington Post columnist says Mayor Vincent Gray is 'either a fool or a liar,' when he says he wasn't aware of improprieties.


Obama, Romney On Health Care: So Close, Yet So Far

Health care has become one of the starkest contrasts between President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney in the 2012 campaign. And that's surprising, given that once upon a time they both came up with similar plans to fix the system.

Jeb Bush Stays Focused On Education After Office

On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney singled out former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for his leadership on changing the way Americans look at education. Bush, out of office for five years, talks about the issue's importance. But he and his policies do have their critics.

Friday Night Fight In Wisconsin: First Debate Before Looming Recall

The divisive battle to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker moves into its final phase Friday with the first televised debate between Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett. Some predict as much as $80 million will be spent on the race, as Walker tries to avoid becoming the third U.S. governor ever recalled by voters.

It's All Politics, May 24, 2012

This week, Ken Rudin and Ron Elving discuss Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker criticizing the president's tactics on Bain Capital, the Tea Party's goals in next week's Texas Senate primary, and general dysfunction in D.C. In other words, it's the Booker "Tea" Washington edition of the podcast.

Inhale To The Chief: More Details Of Obama's Pot-Smoking Youth Revealed

President Obama revealed in his memoir "Dreams for My Father" his youthful use of illegal drugs as he grew up in Hawaii. But journalist and biographer David Maraniss apparently fills in the picture with quite a few colorful details.