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Political Junkie: Todd Akin And Negative Campaigning

After his comments about rape caused an uproar, Republican Rep. Todd Akin says he's staying in the Missouri Senate race. NPR's Neal Conan and Politico's Charlie Mahtesian discuss the fallout. Politix editor David Mark also joins in for an examination of negative campaign tactics.
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In Ad Battle, Obama Banking On Wind-Power Message In Key Swing States

In Colorado and Iowa, two states considered up for grabs in the presidential race, a battle over alternative energy policy is playing a growing role in the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.
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Sen. Mikulski To Speak At Democratic Nation Convention

Senator Barbara Mikulski joins a growing list of D.C. Metro politicians that will occupy high-profile speaking spots at political conventions in the next few weeks.

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Deficit To Be $1.1 Trillion, Unemployment To Stay Above 8 Percent, CBO Says

The nonpartisan analysis arm of Congress has released its latest forecasts on the budget and the economy.
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Romney And GOP Strike Deal With Ron Paul Loyalists Before Convention

The deal allows some of the Texas congressman's delegates to be seated at the Republican National Convention. The compromise would appear to avert a potential public clash with Paul supporters during next week's festivities.

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Romney's Pick Of Ryan Hasn't Changed Race, Polls Signal

The race remains tight with President Obama holding an edge so small that it's still within the margin of error, two new surveys show.
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Factory Conditions Improve Where iPads Are Made

The Fair Labor Association has released a report documenting improvements in working conditions at three huge factories in China that make some of Apple's most popular products — like the iPhone and the iPad. The factories are owned and run by Foxcon, and they employee hundreds of thousands of workers.

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