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Presidential Campaign Ads Target Seniors In Fla., Younger Voters In N.H.

In Florida, the ad war centers on Medicare. In New Hampshire, a big topic this week is federal student loans. The ads show how the campaigns are tailoring their message to specific voters in key states.
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The Politics Hour

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous joins the Politics Hour crew to chat about what he feels is at stake in this year's elections and how they are conducted.


Jane Mayer: Obama In 'Impossible Bind' Over Donors

In this week's New Yorker, the journalist details how the electoral climate since the Citizens United ruling in 2010 has negatively affected the Obama campaign's appeal to Democratic donors. Mayer tells Fresh Air that Obama has to make a "terrible choice between his principles and politics."
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The Republican Party Platform (Rebroadcast)

The Republican Party platform calls for a constitutional amendment outlawing all abortions and toughens its stance on immigration. What the GOP platform represents and its impact on the Romney campaign.


Is Tampa Ready For 2 Oncoming Storms?

The Republican National Convention is being held in Tampa, Florida, and it's expected to bring the city tens of millions of dollars. But many are wondering if Tampa is ready for two oncoming storms — the whirlwind of people descending on the city, and brewing tropical storm Isaac. Guest host Viviana Hurtado talks with Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn.
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Friday News Roundup - International

President Barack Obama warned Syria on Monday that it could face American military intervention if there were signs it was moving chemical weapons for use. U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon announced plans to attend the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran next week. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with French President Francois Hollande in Berlin about how to solve the eurozone financial crisis. David Sanger of The New York Times, Michele Kelemen of NPR and Abderrahim Foukara of Al Jazeera join Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Tampa, Fla., Mayor Bob Buckhorn said he was prepared to call off the Republican National Convention next week if Hurricane Isaac threatens public safety. The housing market showed more signs of recovery as home sales rose in July. And U.S. health officials said the West Nile virus outbreak in five states was one of the worst in American history. Naftali Bendavid of The Wall Street Journal, Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News and David Chalian of Yahoo! News join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.


SEAL's Book On Bin Laden Raid, Woodward Book On Obama Due Sept. 11

The SEAL's book claims to be an inside account of the raid that killed the al-Qaida leader. Woodward's book will focus on the efforts of the Obama administration and Congress to get the economy going.