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GOP Primary Scramble Could Mean 2012 Voting Starts Early. Maybe Even In 2011.

When Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announces her state's primary date this week, it could set off a scramble for influence in the GOP presidential primary sweepstakes. Voting in Iowa and New Hampshire could start as soon as December and absentee ballots could go out before Halloween.

Ron Paul On His 2012 Presidential Run

Polls show Rick Perry overtaking Mitt Romney as the front runner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Despite their leads, Texas Rep. Ron Paul says he's "in it to win it." Paul talks with NPR's Neal Conan and Ken Rudin about his presidential campaign.

Obama Wants To Address Congress At Same Time As GOP Debate

Both events are scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 7. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says White House is playing politics. White House spokesman Jay Carney says there was no intention to overshadow the GOP debate.

Perry Revives Social Security 'Ponzi Scheme' Rhetoric

Back before Texas Gov. Rick Perry threw his hat in the presidential ring, he referred to Social Security as a "Ponzi scheme." His campaign had tried to distance the new candidate from that language, but last weekend Perry himself waded right back in.

Two Top Justice Department Officials Resign

Two top Justice Department officials resign on the same day as Republicans in Congress vow not to let up on their oversight of a failed law enforcement operation known as Fast and Furious. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Carrie Johnson for more.

Obama Addresses American Legion

President Obama traveled to Minneapolis Tuesday and addressed the annual national conference of the American Legion. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Mara Liasson for more.

Perry, Romney Boost Military, Bash Obama In Texas

The two leading GOP presidential candidates got a warm welcome at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in San Antonio this week. Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney both boasted of their support for the military and aimed their vitriol at President Obama.

Libya Offers Obama Vindication, But Not Doctrine

The past five months brought a great deal of controversy and criticism to the White House's handling of Libya. Now, with the apparent ouster of Moammar Gadhafi, the administration is claiming some vindication. Even so, the president's critics say success isn't enough; they want a clearer road map of his foreign policy.

On Perry's Turf, Romney Aims Jab At 'Career Politicians'

They "got us into this mess and they simply don't know how to get us out," Romney declared, without mentioning his rival for the Republican presidential nomination.

Costs Of Irene Add Up As FEMA Runs Out Of Cash

It's not yet certain what the total cost of Hurricane Irene will be, but it's likely to add up to several billion dollars. That means tough choices for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has had to deal with a string of natural disasters this year.