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Romney Withstands Perry Surge To Retake GOP Lead In National Poll

The Massachusetts governor may be back on track to the Republican presidential nomination. His rival from Texas has lost much of his initial luster because of dubious debate performances and controversial stances on at least three issues.
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Federal Workers Getting Used To Near-Shutdowns

Federal workers react to narrowly avoiding a government shutdown ... again.


Cain: Blacks 'Have Been Brainwashed' Into Supporting Liberals

"African-Americans have been brainwashed into not being open minded, not even considering a conservative point of view," the Republican presidential contender tells CNN. He believes he could win a third of the black vote, though.

Early Supreme Court Review Of Health Care Law Could Impact 2012 Race

The Affordable Care Act always promised to be a hot button issue in the 2012 presidential campaign. But it promises to loom even larger, now that the Obama administration has asked the Supreme Court to take the case, making very likely a high-court decision in June just months before the general election.

Clyburn Discusses Obama's CBC Speech

Michele Norris speaks with South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, the Assistant Democratic Leader in the House, for reaction to President Obama's speech to the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday.

Social Security: The 'Third Rail' No More?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has called the program used by 55 million Americans a "Ponzi scheme" and a "monstrous lie." Recent polls show many Republican voters are willing to give him a pass on that. But that may not be the case in a general election.

How Candidates Can Survive The Long Primary Season

The race for the GOP presidential nomination continues. How do candidates plan for such a long primary with multiple straw polls, debates, caucuses and votes? NPR's Ken Rudin and former Mike Huckabee campaign manager Chip Saltsman discuss how candidates can best weather the grueling races.