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A Guide To The U.S. Budget Battles

The annual budget fight has become especially muddled this year. That's because Congress and the White House are actually engaged in three different, but related, budget debates that are going on simultaneously. Here is a look at the three budget battles.
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Week In News: Chris Christie For President? Still No

While some Republicans are pushing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie into entering the presidential race, the state of Florida announced it intends to scoop the early-primary states by moving its GOP primary up to late January. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rachel Martin speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about those stories and others from the past week.
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Super PACs Promise A Super-Packed 2012

Many political watchers say the 2012 presidential campaign is shaping up to be the most expensive election cycle in American history. One reason: the growing influence of political action committees, independent groups that raise money largely from corporations, trade unions and the wealthy. Host Scott Simon talks with Bill Burton, co-founder of the Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA, about his group's fundraising efforts for the 2012 presidential election.
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It's A Slow Season For Campaign Fundraising

The books closed at midnight on another reporting period for the Federal Election Commission, as candidates and political action committees continue to fill their coffers for the 2012 election. Host Scott Simon talks with Tony Corrado, professor of government at Colby College, about campaign fundraising for the 2012 presidential race.
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Al-Awlaki's Death Raises Questions About U.S. Tactics

A joint CIA and U.S. military operation targeted and killed the cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in an air strike this week. Awlaki had been linked to terrorist attacks against the United States and was a key target for several years. NPR's Rachel Martin shares the latest with host Scott Simon.
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Florida Faces Protests Over Early Primary Date

Florida's decision to schedule its Republican presidential primary early, at the end of January, is drawing howls from other states jealously guarding their early positions. Florida officials are betting they won't be penalized by the GOP for jumping the gun.
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As Election Looms, Obama Seeks To Rouse His Base

In recent days, President Obama has reached out to black and Latino voters. On Saturday, he'll speak to the nation's largest gay rights group, part of an effort to re-energize the coalition that helped send him to the White House. But his governing has left some of his early supporters disappointed.

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