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Can Michele Bachmann Get Her Groove Back?

From a back-of-the-pack start, the Tea Party favorite won an upset victory in the Iowa straw poll but lost ground when Texas Gov. Rick Perry got in the race. A feisty debate put her back on an upswing, but how long she can keep that momentum remains to be seen.

What Can Obama Do Improve His Approval Rating?

A new New York Times-CBS News poll shows President Obama with an approval rating of 43 percent. That, and other tough news for the president have prompted at least one major Democratic voice, James Carville, to call for a round of White House firings. Weekends on All Things Considered Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic about what Obama needs to do to right the ship.

Do New Voting Laws Suppress Fraud? Or Democrats?

More than a dozen states have passed new voting regulations this year. Kris Kobach, the Republican secretary of state in Kansas, says his state's voter ID law will cut down on fraud. But Rolling Stone's Ari Berman, who has covered the laws extensively, says fraud isn't widespread and the laws disproportionately affect certain groups.
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Gray Holds Town Hall With D.C. Kids

Mayor Vincent Gray says he likes to talk directly to kids on issues they're concerned about, such as school safety.


Anti-Bullying Laws Get Tough With Schools

New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, considered by many as the toughest legislation against bullying in the nation, went into effect this month. Host Scott Simon talks with Emily Bazelon of Slate Magazine about bullying laws, where they're working and where they're headed (hint: the Supreme Court).

U.S. Underwhelmed With Emerging Powers At U.N.

The Obama administration has courted the world's emerging powers. But now that India, South Africa and Brazil have rotating seats on the U.N. Security Council, U.S. officials and human rights activists complain they're not living up to expectations.

Al Sharpton's Unlikely Rise To MSNBC Host

MSNBC's newest opinion host is the Rev. Al Sharpton, a figure much better known for a past in which he cast more heat than light. With his new job, Sharpton is now on his third act in public life: from a civil rights activist to a player in the Democratic Party to, now, a cable talk show host.

N.Y. Special Election Shows Obama's Trials To Come

The heavily Jewish and Democratic 9th district voted Republican, reflecting the president's weakening support. Some analysts attribute the loss to the conservative Jewish community's distrust of Obama's stance on Israel, while others point to polls that say the economy was a more significant factor.