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Analysis: Congress Is Least Productive In Decades

An analysis by USA Today says this Congress may be the least productive since the end of World War II. Sixty-one bills became law so far this year, 90 bills last year. So it's not surprising that Congress' approval rating is 10 percent.
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Where Is The Liberal Ayn Rand?

Melissa Block speaks to Beverly Gage, a history professor at Yale University, about her current article in Slate, "Why Is There No Liberal Ayn Rand?" Gage says the conservative movement has been developing a common intellectual heritage, but liberals have been moving in the opposite direction, to an increasingly diversified, rather than a shared, set of ideas.
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Judge Won't Block Pa. Voter ID Law

A Pennsylvania judge has refused to issue a preliminary injunction against a new state law requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls. Opponents say the requirement would disenfranchise many voters, especially the elderly and the poor, who might not have the proper ID. Supporters say that the law is needed to protect against voting fraud, in a state that will be crucial in the upcoming election.
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Ryan Role In Thompson Win Debated

Whether GOP vice presidential pick Paul Ryan will help Mitt Romney's quest for the White House is the subject of fierce debate. But some politicos are calling Ryan a kingmaker after former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson's slim victory in the hotly contested Republican U.S Senate primary.
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A Conservative Approach To Climate Change

One former Republican lawmaker thinks it's time for conservatives to make fixes for climate change a priority. We find out where free-market policies fit into the issue.

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Will Romney's Pick Swing The Senior Vote?

Older voters make up a major voting bloc that both candidates will be courting, and Mitt Romney's pick of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate has put Medicare and Social Security front-and-center. Guest host Jacki Lyden discusses how these voters might respond with Andrew Kohut of the Pew Research Center.

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