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The Man Behind The Illegal-Immigration Crackdown

As more states consider strict immigration laws like those in Arizona and Alabama, one name keeps coming up: Kris Kobach. He's the Kansas secretary of state who helped many states shape a tough approach to illegal immigration. And he says there's more to come in swing states in 2012.
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Florida's Move Means Primaries, Like Holiday Season, Start Earlier

By advancing its primary date to Jan. 31, Florida makes it virtually certain the four traditional early states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — will now move their caucuses and primaries to earlier in January. Other primaries will shift forward, too. Campaigns will have less downtime around the holidays.
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WaPo's McCartney: Ulysses Currie's Trial Began This Week, Va. Mass Transit Spending Dispute

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of this week's top stories, including Maryland State Sen. Ulysses Currie's bribery charges and the dispute between state officials and local authorities in Virginia over mass spending.

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CQ Roll Call: Budget Negotiations After The CR, Call For Clarence Thomas Investigation

As Congress avoids another government shutdown, there isn't much hope for an improved budget debate going forward.

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Vilsack: Not Done With Potatoes And School Lunch

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says changes to the school nutrition rule are underway, including more clarity on the recommendation to reduce kids' potato and starchy vegetable consumption. He also says rural America needs a 'thank you.'
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In GOP White House Bid, Who's The Real Front Runner?

Michel Martin continues the political chat with journalism professor Cynthia Tucker, U.S. News and World Report's Mary Kate Cary and Voto Latino's Maria Teresa Kumar. They discuss whether Latinos will prove to be a swing voting bloc in 2012, and whether Herman Cain can sustain his momentum in the Republican presidential race.
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For Obama, Strained Relationship With Blacks, Hispanics?

President Obama recently said "stop complaining" in a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus, and faced tough questions from Latino journalists about the lack of progress on comprehensive immigration reform. Meanwhile, GOP presidential candidates are confronting doubts and dissent within their own ranks. Michel Martin discusses the latest politics with journalism professor Cynthia Tucker, U.S. News and World Report's Mary Kate Cary and Voto Latino's Maria Teresa Kumar.
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Republican Primary Calendar In Chaos

The Florida Legislature is likely to move its primary up to Jan. 31. That move will have a domino effect on primaries and caucuses in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

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