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Smoke Cleared, Texas Gun Owners Remain Wary

Texas was once the center of the movement to safeguard gun rights. Today, nearly every fight has been won in the state, and indeed around the country. While gun owners in East Texas celebrate and cherish their rights, they remain distrustful.
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Deep South Democrats Seek Path Back To Relevance

It can be lonely being a Democrat in the Deep South. In the reliably Republican region, even recruiting viable Democratic candidates can be a challenge. But strategists are looking to nearby states to learn how the party might start to make inroads in such red territory.
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Obama Has 8-Point Lead In Pew Poll; Big Advantage With Women, Blacks, Young

Obama's lead at this point in the race is "stronger than the last three winning presidential candidates," says Pew's president. Only Bill Clinton, running in both 1992 and 1996, had bigger leads in mid-September.
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Welfare Wasn't Always A Dirty Word In The Romney Family

Mitt Romney's mother, Lenore, once cited her husband's childhood on welfare as a reason Michigan voters should trust the car company executive to be their governor. It's worth taking a look at now that her presidential candidate son has gotten into trouble with his "47 percent" remark.
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The Inner Workings Of The Romney Campaign

Mitt Romney's comments from a secretly-taped video at a May fundraiser create more challenges for a campaign already facing a dip in the polls. NPR'S Ken Rudin and Politico's editor-in-chief, John Harris, talk about the Romney campaign and how the tapes may affect it, and a new poll of voters.
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Republicans Race To Reframe Romney Comments As Campaign Opportunity

Some Republicans believe there are many potential voters who will embrace Mitt Romney's larger point about government entitlements, which he made during a surreptitiously taped fundraiser.

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