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Obama's Jobs Address To Coincide With GOP Debate

For a couple weeks, the White House has hinted that President Obama would lay out his jobs agenda after Labor Day. Well, Wednesday, Obama asked House and Senate leaders if he could address a joint session of Congress next Wednesday evening — the same day and time as a Republican presidential debate. Late Wednesday afternoon, House Speaker John Boehner said that won't work — how about the next night? NPR's Mara Liasson joins Robert Siegel to talk about this strange case of scheduling and politics.
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Ron Paul: 'Philosophy Of Liberty And The Constitution' Has Been Vindicated

From financial crises to problems with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul said, his warnings about a government that's too big and spending that's out of control have come true.
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GOP Primary Scramble Could Mean 2012 Voting Starts Early. Maybe Even In 2011.

When Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announces her state's primary date this week, it could set off a scramble for influence in the GOP presidential primary sweepstakes. Voting in Iowa and New Hampshire could start as soon as December and absentee ballots could go out before Halloween.
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Ron Paul On His 2012 Presidential Run

Polls show Rick Perry overtaking Mitt Romney as the front runner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Despite their leads, Texas Rep. Ron Paul says he's "in it to win it." Paul talks with NPR's Neal Conan and Ken Rudin about his presidential campaign.
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Obama Wants To Address Congress At Same Time As GOP Debate

Both events are scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 7. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says White House is playing politics. White House spokesman Jay Carney says there was no intention to overshadow the GOP debate.
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Perry Revives Social Security 'Ponzi Scheme' Rhetoric

Back before Texas Gov. Rick Perry threw his hat in the presidential ring, he referred to Social Security as a "Ponzi scheme." His campaign had tried to distance the new candidate from that language, but last weekend Perry himself waded right back in.
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Two Top Justice Department Officials Resign

Two top Justice Department officials resign on the same day as Republicans in Congress vow not to let up on their oversight of a failed law enforcement operation known as Fast and Furious. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Carrie Johnson for more.
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Obama Addresses American Legion

President Obama traveled to Minneapolis Tuesday and addressed the annual national conference of the American Legion. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Mara Liasson for more.
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Perry, Romney Boost Military, Bash Obama In Texas

The two leading GOP presidential candidates got a warm welcome at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in San Antonio this week. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney both boasted of their support for the military and aimed their vitriol at President Obama.
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Libya Offers Obama Vindication, But Not Doctrine

The past five months brought a great deal of controversy and criticism to the White House's handling of Libya. Now, with the apparent ouster of Moammar Gadhafi, the administration is claiming some vindication. Even so, the president's critics say success isn't enough; they want a clearer road map of his foreign policy.

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