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Haiku D'Etat: The Endorsements Could Be Verse

Who's backing whom? And do these official embraces matter anymore anyway? We catch up on all the presidential endorsements via reported poetry.

'Newt-Romney' Dominates Iowa Debate

The rivalry between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney took on a life of its own as they squared off Saturday night. The jabs even got personal. The sparring was expected between the GOP candidates — the top two in most polls — as each hopes to win the upcoming Iowa caucuses.

Gingrich Gets Through Debate Unscathed While Romney Doesn't

The debate may be remembered for Mitt Romney's $10,000 gaffe and Newt Gingrich's failure to implode. Gingrich, the front-runner in national and many state polls, didn't make any obvious errors. He also weathered the criticisms that came his way because of his current role as pace-setter in the polls.

GOP Hopefuls Ready For Debate In Iowa

GOP presidential hopefuls debate Saturday night in Des Moines, Iowa, and NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea is there. He tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz what to expect from the six candidates seeking the Republican nomination.

Climate Talks Go Longer Than Expected

The United Nations climate conference in Durban, South Africa, was scheduled to wrap up Friday, but the negotiations have gone into overtime. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Richard Harris about what is still under discussion.

The Partisan Fight Over Consumer Protection

This week, the Senate blocked the confirmation of Richard Cordray, the former Ohio attorney general chosen by President Obama to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It boils down to yet another partisan fight: Republicans say the agency has too much power, and the White House says they won't weaken an agency that is supposed to protect consumers. Host Scott Simon talks with Joe Nocera, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times.