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Former Aides Talk Strategy For Homestretch

Both GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama have hit the campaign trail for the homestretch to Election Day. Host Michel Martin hears from two political insiders about what's in store for the final weeks: Ron Christie, former advisor to President George W. Bush, and Anita Dunn, former advisor to President Obama.
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Analysis: Congress Returns From Recess, Tackles Fiscal Cliff, Spending Cuts

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about what to expect as lawmakers return from summer recess this week.

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Next U.S. President Faces A Middle East 'In Turmoil'

Foreign policy hasn't been a major focus this election season, but whoever wins will face a delicate tangle of issues in the region. On top of a major decision about Iran, the U.S. must deal with a new government in Egypt, an intensifying war in Syria, and nervous allies in the Persian Gulf.
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Who Benefits In Money Game, Democracy Or Donors?

The 2012 elections are expected to be the costliest ever, with some estimates topping $6 billion spent on campaigns all across America. But what impact does that money really have — especially on the presidential race — and who really benefits?
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Case Will Test Constitutionality Of The Filibuster

The non-partisan advocacy group Common Cause has filed a law suit with the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to get the Senate's use of the filibuster declared unconstitutional. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz speaks with Common Cause president Bob Edgar.
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Parsing The 2012 Party Platforms

One overlooked part of the convention frenzy was the party platforms. They seemed to cause more embarrassment than excitement at the DNC, where party leaders fumbled at reinserting clauses about Jerusalem and God into their platform. And at the RNC, Rep. John Boehner admitted he'd never even read his party's platform. NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving joins weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz to talk about the platforms and what — if anything — they mean in 2012.
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States' Rights And DOMA Clash On A Shifting Battlefield

The debate over states' rights versus federal power is as old as our country, but this time the subject of controversy is relatively new. As Americans' views on homosexuality change, more states are stepping up to challenge the federal definition of marriage.

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