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Romney Struggles To Find Foreign Policy Footing

Once again, Republican Mitt Romney has come under criticism for statements regarding world affairs. But the nominee and his supporters continue to insist that if elected, Romney would offer firmer leadership abroad than President Obama. Here's what we do know about Romney's worldview.
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Ryan Slams Obama On Social Issues And Foreign Policy

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan used an appearance at an annual gathering of his party's social conservatives Friday to pointedly criticize President Obama's foreign policy record and to testify to his own Catholic faith and opposition to abortion.
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Detecting the 'Artful Dodge'

During the Republican debates, Mitt Romney told a moderator "You get to ask the questions you want. I get to give the answers I want." Social psychologist Todd Rogers talks about how likely voters are to notice a subtle dodge. James Fowler joins to discuss whether social media can send more people to the polls.
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It's All Politics, Sept. 13, 2012

In an election that's supposed to be about the economy, tragic deaths overseas push foreign policy onto the political stage in the race between Mitt Romney and President Obama. While Romney seems to have lost the initial battle, questions remain about the administration's Middle East goals.
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Analysis: Controversy Arises Over Missing D.C. Campaign Funds, Virginia Votes On Abortion Clinic Regulations

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about missing D.C. campaign funds, Virginia's abortion clinic regulations, and why a Maryland congressional candidate dropped out of the race.

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Analysis: Stopgap Funding Bill Passes Without D.C. Provision

CQ Roll Call's David Hawkings talks about the stopgap funding bill passed this week, how it leaves D.C. budget autonomy out of the mix. 

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Lawmakers Play Blame Game On Defense Cuts

Everyone is blaming everyone else for sequestration and the massive defense cuts it entails. Mitt Romney says it was President Obama's brainchild — that's not true. Paul Ryan, in fact, voted for it and praised it at the time.
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Virginia Board Of Health Approves Tougher Abortion Clinic Regulations

After threats from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the state Board of Health voted 13-2 to approve strict new regulations for abortion clinics that opponents say will put them out of business.

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