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In Michigan, Native Son Romney Plays Up Family Ties

Polls in Michigan show a tight race between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. Romney is playing up his business experience and personal ties to the state, where his father was a well-liked governor. Santorum's message is blue-collar conservatism aimed at Tea Party and evangelical voters.
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The Hill: Race Underway For Senate Republican Whip

As Alex Bolton of The Hill newspaper discusses, the race for the position of Senate Republican whip could have big implications all the way through the 2016 presidential elections.

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Who's Bankrolling Romney? Big Donors, Not Small Ones

Analysis of Mitt Romney's fundraising shows he gets two-thirds of his contributions from maxed-out donors — more than anyone else who has run for president since 2003. At the other end of the spectrum, Romney lags behind all the other candidates in the race in the share of cash raised from small donors.
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Virginia Democrats Push For Budget Concessions

Democrats in Virginia's state senate say they are unlikely to pass a budget unless Republicans agree to concessions, which could leave the commonwealth without a budget.

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Super PACS Create Fairness?

Super PACS have contributed millions of dollars to shape the 2012 presidential election. The "Citizens United" Supreme Court case paved the way for them. David Bossie, president of the conservative advocacy group Citizens United, speaks with host Michel Martin about how Super PACS could even the playing field.
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Supreme Court To Hear Affirmative Action Case That Could Be Campaign Issue

A Texas state university admissions policy has been challenged. The Obama administration favors the program. The president's potential Republican opponents do not. So watch for much discussion.
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Norton Opposing Bill Banning Some Abortions In D.C.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is fighting an attempt by Republicans to restrict abortion in the District.

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D.C. Council Chair To Introduce Anti-Cursing Bill

D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown will introduce legislation that tries to enforce a measure of civility on council members.

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Georgia On His Mind, Gingrich Faces Key Primary

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is facing his most important challenge yet — winning Georgia on Super Tuesday. Georgia is considered Gingrich's home because he represented parts of the state in Congress for 20 years, but he hasn't lived there for more than a decade.

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