It was no surprise when outside groups started launching attack ads in the high stakes U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts between Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democrat Elizabeth Warren. But an unlikely pact between the candidates to halt those attack ads is working — at least for now.
President Obama held a pair of campaign rallies today, his first big public events of the 2012 election. He targeted two key battleground states: Ohio and Virginia. NPR's Scott Horsley is traveling with the president and joins weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz to talk about the events.
Considered by many to be an Indiana institution, Sen. Dick Lugar is fighting for his political life against a fellow Republican with Tea Party backing. In some ways this primary race has become a proxy war for outside groups trying to exert their influence and, as a result, spending is off the charts.
Americans Elect is trying to run the first online primary to choose a presidential ticket, and get it on the ballot in all 50 states. But the group is having trouble attracting big-name candidates and refuses to name its financial backers.
Facing a "Doomsday budget" that features $512 million in cuts on July 1, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has officially called a special session of the General Assembly to come up with a state budget.
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