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One Term, Or Two? Obama Faces Season Of Doubt

There is in the American air — some 13 months away from the 2012 election — a whiff of suggestion that Obama might not be re-elected. Or re-electable. Past presidents have weathered stormier times, but when you hit bottom matters.
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For Obama, Good News From New Jobs Report

The economy added 103,000 jobs last month, but the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1 percent. That's according to Friday's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Friday also marks the 10-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin and Chris Christie recently announced they'd sit out of the GOP presidential race. Michel Martin talks politics with Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Mindy Finn, former advisor for Mitt Romney's 2008 presidential campaign.
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Value Voters Promotes Conservative Issues

The Value Voters Summit kicks off Friday, bringing together thousands of conservative supporters, and pushing the message of maintaining strong family values and condemning homosexuality.

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Obama Pushes Financial Plan As Bank Protests Grow

Loosely organized protests that began on Wall Street last month have spread to other U.S. cities. President Obama says he understands the frustration conveyed by the Occupy Wall Street protest movement, and he's trying to channel that anger into support for his financial policies.
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Partisan Divide On National Security Debate Shrinks

GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney travels to the Citadel in South Carolina to deliver a speech on national security Friday. The issue has traditionally been a bright line between Republicans and Democrats. But even since President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize nearly three years ago, the politics are no longer clear cut.
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Can Herman Cain Keep It Going?

GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is taking advantage of his recent rise to fame. His direct speaking style and business experience have caught on with Tea Party supporters and social conservatives. And Cain is selling himself and his new book. But can he sustain the momentum?
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For Rick Perry, A Restless Life On The Farm

Before he was elected governor of Texas, or to any of a series of positions going back more than 25 years, Perry grew cotton and raised cattle on land that his family had worked since the late 1800s. In every campaign, he has run as a man shaped by that experience. But real life on the farm was far less romantic.
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Does The Economy Need A Little Inflation?

Central bankers hate inflation. But at least one prominent economist argues a moderate increase in inflation is exactly what the U.S. needs to boost the economy and keep it from falling back into recession. But the idea may be a hard sell.
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Some Latinos See Obama 'Betrayal' On Immigration

Latino leaders say the administration hasn't done enough to push for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, while deporting too many immigrants. Still, the administration has sued to overturn tough immigration laws in two states, and is weighing challenges in others. For the president, it's a difficult political balancing act.

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