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Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party: United In Distrust

The movements may disagree on many issues, but they seem to have similar opinions on the bank bailout, the federal deficit and the influence of corporations and money on Congress. Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig says there's good reason both the left and the right agree that there is too much power in too few hands.

U.S. Troops To Leave Iraq, But Questions Remain

The United States will pull all its troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, President Obama announced Friday. NPR's Kelly McEvers in Baghdad and Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman in Washington discuss the significance of the announcement with host Scott Simon.

Occupy D.C. Learns To Like The Tea Party

The Occupy D.C. movement on K Street is getting itself educated. NPR's Peter Overby checked in this week as they held a teach-in with Harvard Law School's Lawrence Lessig, who said protesters can take their government back from the influence of big donors by forging an alliance with the Tea Party grassroots.

Iowa Not Primaries' End, But You Can See It From Here

Iowa's 2012 presidential Caucuses are now just 11 weeks away. We may not be in the home stretch just yet, but you can feel it coming as the candidates chase after voters with increasing urgency. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea, who's been in Iowa this past week, about the view of the 2012 race from the first-in-the-nation caucus state.

Back To Jobs: Obama Reaches Out To 'All Americans'

As President Obama tours the nation ahead of the 2012 election, he's visiting Democratic and Republican territories alike. Amid a time of big news abroad, the president is continuing to push his jobs bill at home.

Sen. Marco Rubio Denies Embellishing His Background As A Cuban Exile

Florida senator and potential '12 veep pick Marco Rubio fought back Friday against charges he had falsely portrayed his parents as exiles from Castro's Cuba. To suggest he changed his story for political gain is "outrageous," Rubio said.

With Revised Tax Plan, Cain Faces Questions About Consistency

Since he entered the frontrunner spotlight, GOP hopeful Herman Cain has struggled at times to maintain a consistent message. This week he's drawn criticism over his tax plan, as well as his stance on social issues.