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Alexander Discusses Leaving GOP Leadership Job

Melissa Block interviews Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee about his decision to leave his post as Republican conference chair this coming January. He has said that after four years in the third top spot in the Republican leadership, he's looking forward to having more independence.

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Set To Debate

NPR's Mara Liasson joins Michele Norris to talk about Thursday's Republican presidential debate in Florida.

Disaster Aid Hangs In Balance Of House Dust-Up

What was once considered routine business on Capitol Hill seems to be getting tied up in partisan knots. House Speaker John Boehner is in a difficult position after a combination of Democrats and Tea Party Republicans voted down a measure to provide disaster relief and keep the government running.

Obama Stresses Need For Infrastructure Repairs

To make the point that America's infrastructure is in need of repair and the federal government should do it, President Obama traveled to the Brent Spence Bridge. It runs over the Ohio River, and it connects House Speaker John Boehner's Ohio to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's Kentucky. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro for more.

Allen West: CBC Needs Conservatism, Civility

The Florida Congressman has been labeled as a rising star within the Republican Party. He speaks with Michel Martin about Obama's jobs plan; the role of his lone conservative voice in the mostly Democratic Congressional Black Caucus; why more blacks aren't making it to elite military teams; and the end of DADT.

The GOP Primary Race: Four Lessons From Florida

A presidential debate Thursday night in the Sunshine State kicks off three days of GOP politicking. A new poll also sheds light on the field of candidates — and offers some hints about how issues like Social Security might play with Florida voters. The tossup state could again play a decisive role in the primaries.