On Tuesday, voters in New Hampshire will decide the second phase of the Republican presidential nominating contest, picking from a smaller field of GOP candidates than competed in Iowa. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Don Gonyea about how the candidates are faring and the significance of the primary.
Though President Obama may have riled Republicans with his recess appointment of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, there is bipartisan agreement on Cordray's strong qualifications. Host Scott Simon talks with New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about what's ahead for Cordray.
President Obama bypassed Congress this week in appointing Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and filling vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board. Republicans called the appointments an unconstitutional power grab and said they were made while the Senate was still technically in session.
If you Google Rick Santorum, one of the top returns is a scatological sexual reference. It was created back in 2003, when writer Dan Savage asked his readers to make up something disgusting and sexual to link to Santorum. It was a response to Santorum's rhetoric against gay marriage.
Four years ago, Melissa Block traveled several times to Milford, N.H., to talk with voters. Friday, she talks to two of the people she met there: Noreen O'Connell and Steve O'Keefe. They discuss the current GOP presidential field.
In the new landscape of political advertising, there are ads paid for by candidates and ads paid for by super PACS. Under the law, there is not supposed to be any coordination between the two. But how is lack of coordination playing out in the real world of presidential campaigns?
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum nearly won the Iowa caucuses on the strength of his retail campaigning across all of the state's counties — and his connection with Christian conservative voters. Now he's in New Hampshire, with just days to go before the first-in-the-nation primary. Santorum is trying to connect with independent-minded voters in a very secular state.
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