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Libertarians Find Their Audience In 2012 Race

Somewhere on the path to the White House this year, a powerful set of ideas began to creep into the mainstream debate over which direction the country will take. These are ideas that not too long ago were written off as marginal, or even worse, a little kooky. Now Libertarian ideals are becoming more mainstream and are influencing the Republican Party.

Big Money, Free-Marketers, And The Fight Of Sen. Lugar's Career

The end of Republican Sen. Richard Lugar's 35-year career representing Indiana could be imminent. We speak with the Washington-based Club for Growth on its targeting of Lugar in the Republican primary, and whether a defeat of the longtime moderate lawmaker could backfire on the GOP in November.
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Safe Routes To School Program In Jeopardy

Federal funding is in jeopardy for a local program that provides safe trails for children on their way to school.


Presidential Race Takes Libertarian Tilt In Nev.

The Libertarian Party held its convention in Las Vegas over the weekend, choosing a presidential and vice-presidential nominee. NPR's David Welna reports that it came as no surprise that the Libertarian Party put Gary Johnson at the top of its ticket.

Warren-Brown Pledge Keeps Attack Ads At Bay

It was no surprise when outside groups started launching attack ads in the high stakes U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts between Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren. But an unlikely pact between the candidates to halt those attack ads is working — at least for now.

President Obama Officially Kicks Off Campaign

President Obama held a pair of campaign rallies today, his first big public events of the 2012 election. He targeted two key battleground states: Ohio and Virginia. NPR's Scott Horsley is traveling with the president and joins weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz to talk about the events.

Outside Spending May Oust Indiana Statesman

Considered by many to be an Indiana institution, Sen. Dick Lugar is fighting for his political life against a fellow Republican with Tea Party backing. In some ways this primary race has become a proxy war for outside groups trying to exert their influence and, as a result, spending is off the charts.