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Do Campaign Ads Seem More Negative This Year? It's Not Just You

A new analysis of TV ads so far this election cycle finds that 70 percent of the messages have been negative — a trend spearheaded by the heavily financed superPACs supporting the candidates. At this point in the 2008 election, 91 percent of TV ads were positive.

Staffer Testifies Against Edwards At Trial

Campaign finance law isn't the most titillating topic. But the trial of John Edwards over alleged violations has been anything dry. On Wednesday, Edwards daughter, Cate, fled the courtroom in tears after intimate details were revealed about her parents' marital discord. Audie Cornish talks legal strategy with attorney and legal analyst Hampton Dellinger.

Democrats Keep Getting Dinged For Hitting GOP On Women's Health, Loans

Obama administration officials, congressional Democrats and others have repeatedly charged Republicans with trying to strip money from women's health to pay to keep interest rates on some student loans from doubling. But as journalists, including NPR's own Julie Rovner, have pointed out, that doesn't appear to be true. Still, a MoveOn.org ad appearing Thursday repeats the charge.
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Virginia Plays Big Role For Obama, Romney

Northern Virginia has become a prime target for fundraising in President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney's campaigns.

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Friday News Roundup - International

The blind dissident at the center of a diplomatic stand-off now says he wants to flee China with his family; documents seized in last year's raid reveal Osama bin Laden was concerned al Qaida affiliates were shifting from the "goal" of attacking the U.S; and President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan to sign a long-term partnership agreement with President Karzai. Elise Labott of CNN, David Ignatius of The Washington Post and Elisabeth Bumiller of The New York Times join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

U.S. job growth slowed again in April but the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent; the Department of Justice charged more than 100 individuals with $450 million in Medicare fraud; Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich suspended his campaign; and 13 people were charged Wednesday in one of the biggest college hazing cases ever prosecuted in the U.S. Greg Ip of The Economist, Susan Page of USA Today and Reid Wilson of National Journal join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.


Plenty Of Gingrich Campaign Memorabilia Left Over

Newt Gingrich officially pulled out of the Republican presidential race Wednesday. So what happens to the leftover T-shirts and campaign buttons?