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Romney Adviser's 'Etch-A-Sketch' Comment Shakes Up Criticism From Rivals

Despite Mitt Romney's big win in Illinois, his campaign is on the defensive Wednesday after one of his senior advisers told CNN: "I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign. Everything changes. It's almost like an Etch-A-Sketch — you can kind of shake it up and we start all over again."

Obama Touts Energy Policy In Western Swing States

President Obama traveled west on Wednesday, where he stopped at a solar energy facility in Boulder City, Nevada. The two-day trip is designed to sell the administration's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy.

Republican Donor Pockets Bigger in Texas

Two of the most prominent and generous GOP donors are from Texas. Bob Perry is a billionaire Houston homebuilder whose money helped build the Texas Republican Party into the juggernaut it's become. Harold Simmons owns a low-level nuclear waste dump which he might like to turn into a high level nuclear waste dump. Between them, they've donated nearly $100 million.

Why Obama Hasn't Won The Battle Over Messaging About Health Care Law

As the nation's sweeping health care overhaul heads to the Supreme Court, public opinion about the policies remains almost as divided as it was when President Obama signed it into law two years ago.

Rules Change May Pave Way To Brokered Convention

Unlike the 2008 presidential campaign, when Republicans awarded delegates by state, they're now awarded proportionally by Congressional district. While that's increasing the power of many late voting states, it's some party leaders worry no candidate will claim the nomination before the convention.
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Virginia Voters Voice Displeasure With State Officials

After a contentious legislative session during which Virginia lawmakers failed to pass a budget, polls show that approval ratings for Virginian lawmakers are down across the board.

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Child Abuse Bill Inspired By Penn State Scandal Awaits Action

A bill that would enhance reporting requirements for child abuse and neglect in the wake of the Penn State scandal still awaits action by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, after passing in a turbulent legislative session.


How Race Shapes National Health Debate

A new study explores how some of the popular attitudes about President Obama's health care overhaul law are being shaped by race. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Shankar Vedantam to find out more about the study.