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Obama's Most Vocal Black Critics Dial Back Attacks As Election Year Begins

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West have made a traveling road show out of their roles criticizing President Obama. As the 2012 campaign begins in earnest, the duo seem to be moderating their tone.
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The Ron Paul Paradox: GOP Questions His Impact

Despite Texas Rep. Ron Paul's strong showing at the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, few Republicans think he could win the party's nomination. But some are concerned he could take his support and launch a third-party bid for the White House.
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Romney's Olympic Legacy: Savior Or Self-Promoter?

Mitt Romney and his supporters often cite his role in the organization of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City as a solid credential for the Oval Office. Romney was brought in as CEO in 1999 after a bribery scandal left the organizing committee struggling for credibility. But now, there are competing accounts of Romney's Olympic role — and motivation.
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Judge Denies Four GOP Candidates For Virginia's Primary Ballot

A federal judge has denied four GOP candidates--Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman--to get on Virginia's Republican presidential primary ballot.
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A GOP 'Station Of The Cross,' Bob Jones Is Not On Romney's Itinerary

Candidates like Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and Pat Buchanan spoke at Bob Jones University. But it wasn't a natural fit for Mitt Romney, whose Mormon faith has been described by the school as a "cult."
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Week In Politics: GOP Primaries

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times.
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Obama Seeks To Streamline The Federal Government

President Obama seeks the power to merge government agencies. He's asking Congress to allow him to reorganize the government.
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Romney Tries To Bridge S.C. GOP's Ideological Schism

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has campaigned over the past several days in South Carolina, reaching out to different varieties of Republican voters. The Greenville area has a deep evangelical tradition in the state party and is now home to several big manufacturing facilities.
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Car Title Lender To Repay Thousands To Virginia Customers

A well-known car title lender will refund nearly $600,000 to over 800 customers in the Commonwealth.

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