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Tim Pawlenty Exits Romney Campaign To Lead Bank Lobbying Group

Tim Pawlenty's resignation as co-chairman of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign comes less than seven weeks before Election Day and during a bad stretch for the candidate.

Hispanics Certain To Back Obama, But In What Numbers?

Polls suggest Hispanics favor President Obama over Mitt Romney by at least a 2-to-1 margin. And while the Hispanic share of the population is growing fast, the turnout rate remains low. So Obama and Romney both are working hard to get their Hispanic voters to the polls.

Ohio Senate Race Gets Nasty Amid Flood Of Ads And Cash

Ohio's U.S. Senate race is already the most expensive one in state history. And with accusing ads flying back and forth, and outside money pouring in, it's also on course to be one of the ugliest.
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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

New polls showed President Barack Obama opening up a lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who tried to reshape his message following a damaging videotape from a fundraiser. The Justice Department found that federal agents and prosecutors ignored risks to the public from its "Fast and Furious" operation. And Chicago's first teachers' strike in 25 years ended. David Corn of Mother Jones magazine, Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News and Matthew Continetti of The Washington Freebeacon join guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.


Is 'Tough On Crime' No Longer A Talking Point?

There's a growing bipartisan consensus that criminal justice policy needs to change, because of the costs and social consequences of keeping more than 2 million Americans behind bars. Host Michel Martin discusses the parties' platforms on criminal justice with the Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer and Marc Levin of the group Right On Crime.

The Fiscal Cliff, In Three And A Half Graphics

Before things get crazy, here's a quick look at the tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to kick in next year.

'Fiscal Cliff' Scenarios Leave Economists On Edge

We've heard the warnings of a looming economic disaster if Congress fails to avert a "fiscal cliff" by the end of the year. Economists hope lawmakers will act after November's election, but what if Congress runs out of time?
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Sen. Paul Holds Up Federal Funding Bill

A bill to fund the federal government until well after the November elections has hit a snag in the Senate.

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Michael Brown Wants Publicly Financed Council Races

One D.C. Council member is calling on the city to examine publicly financed campaigns after some recent trouble with his own campaign accounts.