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Negative Coattails: Could Obama Cost Arkansas Democrats The Legislature?

A little-known challenger threatens to embarrass President Obama in the Arkansas primary Tuesday. Although Obama never expected to carry the state in November, his showing could penalize Democrats down the ticket, and could even threaten a hold on the Legislature dating to Reconstruction.

Romney Says No To Super PAC Smear Campaign

Mitt Romney releases his first general election campaign ad. Plus wealthy GOP investors say their super PAC won't run a smear campaign connecting controversial pastor Jeremiah Wright with President Obama. Host Michel Martin discusses the latest political developments with Lenny McAllister of Politic365.com and author Michael Fauntroy.

GOP Group Abandons Racially Tinged Attack Ad

Republicans unaffiliated with Mitt Romney had planned to spend millions of dollars on a campaign ad connecting President Obama to his controversial former pastor Jeremiah Wright. The idea raises the question, is it possible to redefine Barack Obama this far into his presidency?

Donation Gap Narrows Between Obama, Romney

Earlier this year, President Obama's fundraising machine ran millions of dollars ahead of even the best-financed Republican presidential candidates. But now that Mitt Romney is the presumptive nominee, the money gap is narrowing.

Same-Sex Parents Lobby Congress For Equal Rights

Dozens of same-sex families descended on Capitol Hill on Thursday to ask Congress for a break. They shared their stories of not being recognized as legal parents — or legal families — in hopes that lawmakers would feel their own views on same-sex rights evolve, just like Obama's did.

Billionaire Donor Joe Ricketts: From Behind The Scenes To Center Stage

TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts became front-page news Thursday because of a report he was considering a $10 million ad campaign that would attack President Obama over his former pastor. But Ricketts has been quietly funding conservative political causes for the past few years.