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U.S. Grows An Industrial Complex Along The Border

In today's dollars, the bill for U.S. immigration enforcement since 1986 comes to $219 billion — roughly the cost of the space shuttle program. About 80,000 government workers depend on immigration enforcement. Despite a drop in illegal immigration, the border industrial complex is here to stay.

Yelp Reviewers Slice And Dice The Politics Of Pizza

In today's Internet age, even pizza is political. When a photo of a Florida pizza shop owner giving President Obama a bearhug went viral, so too did the backlash against his restaurant — in the form of Yelp reviews.

Obama, Romney Pull Campaign Ads On Sept. 11

President Obama marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with visits to the Pentagon and Walter Reed on Tuesday. The attack 11 years ago fundamentally restricted the American debate on national security and foreign policy. Those issues traditionally advantaged Republicans, but they've proven to be real assets for the president.

Chicago Teacher Strike Puts Obama In Awkward Spot

President Obama has a delicate dance in dealing with the Chicago teachers strike. Unions are traditionally his staunchest supporters and enthusiastic campaigners. And while they're not happy with the reform policies his administration is pursuing, they're likely to stick with the president to a point. Mitt Romney meanwhile says he's on the side of parents and students.

Romney Pitches National Security, Foreign Policy Plan

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney marked the anniversary of Sept. 11 with a speech to the National Guard Association Convention in Reno, Nev. Melissa Block talks to Ari Shapiro.

Chicago Teachers' Strike Forces Obama To Steer Carefully Between Two Allies

The Obama administration and the president's Chicago-based re-election campaign are trying to minimize the risks of offending teachers and union members by carefully navigating the tricky waters between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the striking teachers.

Reporter's Pledge-Of-Allegiance Quandary Sparks Twitter Debate On Romney Trail

Mitt Romney's rally began the way every political event begins. "Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and our country's national anthem." Most of the reporters around me stood and put their hands over their hearts. This time instead of just sitting and working, I tweeted what I was feeling.

Politics, The Pledge And A Peculiar History

Every so often, the Pledge of Allegiance gets wrapped up in a political campaign, often with the conservative candidate or group suggesting the other side is anti-American or anti-God. And each time, the actual history of the pledge is either ignored entirely or glossed over.

Does Political Mommy Talk Make You Cheer Or Gag?

Both major party presidential campaigns are focusing on family this election season. Some parents relate to the personal stories, but others say the candidates are just pandering. Host Michel Martin takes a look at how family is playing out in this campaign. She checks in with moms Leslie Morgan Steiner, Jolene Ivey, Dani Tucker and Gayle Trotter.