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Interactive: 2012 Campaign Cash, Week By Week

An NPR analysis of contributions week by week found that itemized contributions to Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped 60 percent during the week following his first appearance in a GOP presidential debate, on Sept. 7. That same week, Romney's itemized contributions went up 50 percent. Compare the candidates' weekly fundraising totals in an interactive graphic.
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Vehicle Fleet In D.C. Under Scrutiny

Following the scandal involving councilmember Kwame Brown's "fully-loaded" SUV, a review of D.C.'s fleet of other vehicles has turned up more problems.


Obama Commences Bus Tour In N.C., Va.

President Obama began a three-day bus tour of North Carolina and Virginia Monday. The president plans to continue his push for Congress to take up at least portions of his jobs proposal. He's doing so in two traditionally red states that he narrowly won in 2008. Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Scott Horsley for more.

Letter Carrier Union Hires Former Obama Adviser

The union representing the nation's letter carriers has hired a former Obama administration adviser as it faces proposals that could lead to layoffs of thousands of its members. Ron Bloom oversaw the administration's auto industry task force. His hiring by the National Association of Letter Carriers comes as the union is negotiating a new contract with the U.S. Postal Service, which cannot find a way to make delivering mail by hand profitable. It is losing billions of dollars and is considering drastic steps to cut costs.
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Vote Possible On Maryland Redestricting

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A proposed plan to change the district borders in Maryland goes up for a vote on Monday night, and potentially shift the balance of power further to the Democratic side.


An Adviser To Both Plans Explains The Differences

John McDonough, director of Harvard's Center for Public Health Leadership, helped shape both the Massachusetts health reform plan and the national one. He spoke about how the plans stack up — and how former Gov. Mitt Romney might have trouble keeping his campaign pledge to let states opt out of the federal plan.

A Tale Of Two Health Plans: Romney Versus Obama

How does the Massachusetts health care plan passed under Gov. Mitt Romney stack up against the federal plan signed by President Obama? Five ways "Romneycare" and "Obamacare" are similar — and five key differences.