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Ron Paul Wins Straw Poll At Values Voter Summit

The Texas congressman took 37 percent of the vote of social conservatives, easily beating front-runners Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Businessman Herman Cain came in second in the test vote for the Republican nomination.
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Hiring's Up, So Will Obama Keep His Job?

New jobs numbers came out Friday, reporting employers added more than 100,000 workers to their payrolls. That's better than many forecasters were expecting, but not good enough for the 14 million Americans who are still out of work. NPR's Scott Horsley reports on what the numbers tell us about the economy and what they mean for President Obama.
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Romney Focuses On Security; Voters Weigh His Faith

While people were talking about the religion of former Gov. Mitt Romney at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Romney was wrapping up a two-day swing through South Carolina. Romney finished fourth in this state's primary in 2008, and his Mormonism was one of the issues seen as holding him back. This time around, there's been less talk about religion and more about policy, but Romney still has a tough row to hoe in this early-voting state. NPR's Ari Shapiro explains why.
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Canada-Gulf Pipeline Pits Jobs Against Environment

The State Department is considering whether to issue a permit for a controversial oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Environmentalists oppose the project, but defenders say jobs are at stake. NPR's Jeff Brady reports.
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Values Voters Given Choice: Perry Or Romney's 'Cult'

Five presidential candidates appeared at the opening day of the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on Friday, but the speech getting the most attention was one by a pastor from Dallas who introduced Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
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CQ Roll Call: Partisan Rhetoric At New, Even Lower Low

Obama has taken shots at what he calls a "do nothing Congress," and the Senate is seeing new lows in partisan rhetoric after Harry Reid used an obscure parliamentary move.

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Movie Review: 'The Ides of March'

A political thriller, The Ides of March, opens Friday. That's one week before the ides of October — and a few months before the first presidential primaries.
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Romney Calls For A Bigger, Stronger Military

In a speech at The Citadel on Friday, the former Massachusetts governor known more for his business acumen than his foreign-policy experience said he wants to increase the military budget. A weaker military and a smaller global footprint, he argued, will compromise America's leadership in the world.
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A Look At The Values Voter Summit

Melissa Block talks to NPR's Don Gonyea. He reports from the Values Voter Summit, a conference of social conservatives.

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