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Obama Changes Speech Date After Dust-Up With GOP

What should have been a simple matter of scheduling turned into a Washington political incident. At issue: When would President Obama give a policy speech about jobs? The president picked next Wednesday. The GOP told him Thursday would be better a choice.
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Justice Department Toughens Stance On Abortion Protesters

The Obama Justice Department has been taking a more aggressive approach against people who block access to abortion clinics, using a 1994 law to bring cases in greater numbers than George W. Bush did. Some believe the stepped-up enforcement has put a damper on clinic violence.
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Labor's Criticism Of Obama Grows Louder

The head of the AFL-CIO has called on President Obama to take bolder action on the economy. The president's speech next week on getting Americans back to work may be critical for determining the loyalty on Election Day of one of the strongest sources of money and organizing power for Democrats.
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Washington Partisans Pick Up Right Where They Left Off

Job creation may be the biggest issue facing the nation this fall, but it's not what set off the latest test of wills between the White House and Republican leaders of Congress on Wednesday.
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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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