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Parsing The 2012 Party Platforms

One overlooked part of the convention frenzy was the party platforms. They seemed to cause more embarrassment than excitement at the DNC, where party leaders fumbled at reinserting clauses about Jerusalem and God into their platform. And at the RNC, Rep. John Boehner admitted he'd never even read his party's platform. NPR senior Washington editor Ron Elving joins weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz to talk about the platforms and what — if anything — they mean in 2012.
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States' Rights And DOMA Clash On A Shifting Battlefield

The debate over states' rights versus federal power is as old as our country, but this time the subject of controversy is relatively new. As Americans' views on homosexuality change, more states are stepping up to challenge the federal definition of marriage.
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Critics Say Ryan's Record Belies Tough Deficit Talk

Paul Ryan gained national attention and praise from conservatives with bold proposals to cut the deficit and balance the budget. But critics say the Republican vice presidential nominee's talk doesn't match his record. To others, he is more a small-government conservative than a deficit hawk.
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For Both Parties, Spanglish Is The Unofficial Convention Language

If you grew up in a bilingual Hispanic household, listening to the Democratic and Republican conventions may have sounded a lot like home. In this year's presidential election, Latinos are a major voting bloc — and Spanish is getting its close-up.
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Eyes Off The White House: Other Races To Watch

Republicans made historic gains in the House in 2010, and while the GOP didn't quite get to a majority in the Senate, they had great expectations for 2012. NPR's Ken Rudin joins guest host Linda Wertheimer to talk about the fight for control of Congress.
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Post-Convention, Democrats Gain Momentum

Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with NPR's Mara Liasson about the political conventions and their aftermath.
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Obama Pitches Recovery On Florida Tour

In Florida Saturday, President Obama made his pitch about an economy on the rebound, while stressing that there is much yet to be done. NPR's Don Gonyea reports from the perpetual battleground state.
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Romney Hopes To Swing Va. Back To GOP

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned in Virginia Saturday. 2008 was the first time in more than 40 years that Virginia chose a Democrat for president. As NPR's Ari Shapiro reports, Romney wants to make sure this state does not grant President Obama an encore.

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