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It's All Politics, May 3, 2012

With Washington abuzz over the president's trip to Afghanistan, this week's podcast focuses on stuff outside the Beltway: Sen. Dick Lugar's tough Republican primary contest in Indiana, and Wisconsin Democrats' selection of a candidate to take on GOP Gov. Scott Walker in the June recall election.

Are Obama And Romney The Same Guy?

Here's something you won't hear from the rival campaigns of President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney: Despite their obvious differences, they actually have a lot in common. A dozen things, at least. Here's a list.
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Battleground States And The 2012 Presidential Election

Political analysts say a handful of states will decide the 2012 presidential election. Diane and guests discuss the economic and political makeup of these battleground states and key issues for voters.


Unions Take The Lead To Recall Wis. Gov. Walker

Next month, Wisconsin voters will go to the polls in a recall election that could remove controversial Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office. But first, Democratic voters will mark their ballots in next week's primary election that will determine which Democrat will face-off against Walker. Labor unions were the driving force behind the bid to recall Walker, and the movement has a great deal at stake in the election.

What April's Jobless Rate Means For The Candidates

The Labor Department announced unemployment figures for April on Friday. The jobless rate fell to 8.1 percent, from 8.2 percent in March. There have been conflicting signals about the strength of the economy, and the way voters interpret those signals could have a major impact on the presidential race.

Challenger's Challenge: Romney's Bid To Make News

Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney had been getting some attention for his critique that the president was politicizing the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. That is, until Obama flew to Afghanistan, signed an international agreement and addressed the troops and the nation.

Political Scientist Asks: Are Obama's Approval Ratings Better Than They Seem?

After examining presidencies going back to Dwight Eisenhower, and figuring out both the expected and actual voter-approval ratings for those White House occupants, a political scientist concluded that President Obama is actually outperforming the favorability rating history would predict.