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Sept. 11 Attacks Alter U.S. Political Landscape

Only a few events in a lifetime serve as true turning points. There was the day Pearl Harbor was attacked, the day JFK was shot and the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. How have the events of Sept. 11 resonated through 10 years of American politics?
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Leon Panetta: The Battle-Tested Politician

Two months into his tenure as secretary of defense, Leon Panetta has to run two ground wars, keep up the fight against al-Qaida and figure out how to cut more than $400 billion from the defense budget.
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Corporate Taxes: How Low Can You Go?

It's a common refrain in the Republican presidential field: The U.S. has the second-highest corporate tax rate in the world. At 35 percent, that's true — on paper. Some corporations take advantage of complex international tax loopholes to pay almost no corporate taxes at all.
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Obama Launches Aggressive Push For Jobs Plan

The president held a campaign-style event in Richmond, Va., on Friday to sell his American Jobs Act as a much-needed shot in the arm for a still struggling economy. Calling himself "an eternal optimist," Obama said he still believes Congress can come together around a plan like the one he's proposed.
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Weiner's District Causing Headaches For Democrats

Despite a Democratic edge among registered voters in former Rep. Anthony Weiner's district, a poll on Friday showed a GOP candidate in the lead. Will a Republican victory in the Sept. 13 special election send a message to Democrats? Or will redistricting make the outcome irrelevant?
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HUD Secretary Discusses Refinancing Plans

While President Obama's speech Thursday night focused on jobs, the president also touched on homeownership. The president talked about helping people refinance mortgages, in turn putting more money in families' pockets. Robert Siegel speaks with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan about what the president has in mind.
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Journalist Explores Perry's Electoral Successes

Scientists analyze patterns in all areas of life, from weather to health, to help predict outcomes. Journalist Sasha Issenberg examines how political scientists employed by the Texas gubernatorial campaign of Rick Perry in 2006 helped him strategize through testing random samples of voters. Robert Siegel talks with Issenberg about this approach — and how it shaped Perry's subsequent campaigns.
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Obama's Jobs Plan Versus GOP Rivals' Plans

President Obama and two GOP presidential hopefuls have laid out their ideas to turn the economy around. NPR's Scott Horsley joins Robert Siegel to compare and contrast the plans.

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