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How 'Government' Became A Dirty Word

Anti-government sentiment has deep roots in the Republican Party — from Ronald Reagan's proclamation, "government is the problem," to last week's convention. But the message has had most of its success in the abstract, and sometimes Republicans aren't putting the ideology into practice.
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'Why I'm A Republican'

Throughout the week at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., NPR digital journalists asked delegates, politicians and other attendees to react to the statement: "Why I'm a Republican." Here are some of those responses.
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Fact Check: Paul Ryan Exaggerates Marathon Claim

Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan claimed he'd run a marathon in less than three hours — an athletic feat. Runner's World magazine checked the claim and discovered his running time in the only marathon he's ever run was just over four hours.
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Berlin Fire Dept. Budget Slashed Following Allegations

Following allegations that the Berlin Fire Department and EMS had failed to address allegations of discrimination and harassment, the mayor and city council cut the budget.

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Republicans Gear Up To Thwart An Obama North Carolina Two-Peat

With polls suggesting a North Carolina race that's tight as a tick, Republicans are seeking to increase their vote across the board, including places where President Obama did well in 2008. On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, an on-the-ground look at the race in the host state.
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The GOP Convention Is Done, But The Swag Lives On

Along with campaigns and conventions come a mountain of political stuff: T-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons and everything in between. Much of it will remain just stuff, but some will be gathered by National Museum of American History curators Larry Bird and Harry Rubenstein, and become part of the Smithsonian collection. We hear what makes the cut and what they found at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida this week.

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