The prosecution and defense in the John Edwards trial gave their closing arguments on Thursday. The former presidential candidate and vice-presidential nominee is accused of accepting almost a million dollars of secret campaign payments. Prosecutors allege he used the money to hide an affair and subsequent pregnancy with a campaign worker. Melissa Block talks to North Carolina Public Radio's Jeff Tiberii.
The emergence of Joe Ricketts is yet more proof of how the Citizens United court ruling has opened the flood gates for wealthy donors to influence the outcome of presidential campaigns — or has it? Peter Overby talks to Robert Siegel about big donors and what those court decisions really mean.
We decided to check in with political types in North Carolina, where the electorate is about 72 percent white and 23 percent black, and where polls show Obama and expected GOP nominee Mitt Romney in a dead heat. We asked how ads featuring the incendiary Rev. Jeremiah Wright would play in their state.
One of the highest-profile political matchups of the season is playing out in Virginia, where former governors with powerful friends and big-money backing are battling for an open U.S. Senate seat. The dead-heat matchup pits Democrat Tim Kaine, 54, against Republican George Allen, 60.
Despite a White House threat to veto the bill, the VAWA passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Democrats say the House bill doesn't offer enough protection for victims of abuse. Republicans say objections are just election year politics. Host Michel Martin talks with GOP Rep. Sandy Adams from Florida and NPR's Ron Elving and Don Gonyea.
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