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Who Is Politician's Shadowy PAC Donor? Her Mom.

There's a political action committee in Washington state that has just one source of funds — the mother of the candidate. Laura Ruderman, who is running in the First Congressional District, says she had no idea her mom was funding the PAC which is planning TV ads attacking her opponent's business record.
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Romney, Obama Question Each Other's Records

President Obama answered questions from voters at a town-hall-style campaign event in Cincinnati on Monday. Meanwhile, his rival Mitt Romney suggested in a Fox News interview that the president's record should be subjected to greater scrutiny. The Romney campaign has spent the past several days responding to conflicting reports about when the former Massachusetts governor left the private equity firm Bain Capital.
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Even Scalia's Dissenting Opinions Get Major Scrutiny

Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent in the Arizona immigration case led a noted liberal to call for his resignation, and a fellow conservative jurist likened it to a "campaign speech." But during a quarter century on the high court, the colorful Scalia's writings — even in the minority — have sometimes steered the court.
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Kofi Annan: "Interventions: A Life in War and Peace"

Kofi Annan was the first sub-Saharan African to serve as secretary-general of the United Nations. His thoughts on the U.N.'s successes, missed opportunities and ongoing challenges, and his work trying to broker peace in Syria.

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An Update From The Democratic National Convention

Bill Clinton and others take the stage, and the spotlight’s on the middle class as President Barack Obama prepares to accept the party's nomination for a second term. Diane and her guests discuss the latest from the DNC in Charlotte, N.C.

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Renewed Chance In Maryland For Special Session On Gambling

Talks continue in Maryland regarding a second special session this summer to vote on an expansion to gaming in the state, with O'Malley giving better than 50-50 odds that it will happen.

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Senator Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010 and has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate on the 2012 Republican ticket. Rubio talks about his Cuban heritage, his political ambitions and his ideas for making America better.

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AFSCME: Attacks On Public Sector Harm Middle Class

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, one of the country's largest unions, is facing a difficult climate. Local governments are slashing employee pensions and state governments are considering measures to curb collective bargaining rights. Host Michel Martin talks with Lee Saunders, AFSCME's new president.
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Romney Strikes Back Against Bain, Tax Attacks

Mitt Romney is defending criticism of his record at Bain Capital and attacks for not releasing more extensive tax records. Romney has accused President Obama of running a "campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty." Host Michel Martin checks in with NPR's Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving.

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