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Phone Banks A Staple Of Campaigning Since 1968

As part of our series on the campaign toolbox, Audie Cornish talks to Wally Clinton about the early days of phone banking. In the 1960s, he helped to turn the phone into a tool for mass contacts in presidential campaigns. He still works in political telemarketing as Chairman and CEO of the American Directions Group.
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Part 3: In Presidential Race, Both Sides Woo Federal Workers

Federal workers are expected to play a big role in deciding swing state Virginia in November's elections. But while many assume Republican rhetoric about smaller government would sway them toward the left, it's not that simple.

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Obama And Bush's Shared First-Term Obsession: Battleground States

A political scientist observes that President Obama and his immediate White House predecessor, George W. Bush, spent a disproportionate amount of their first terms visiting battleground states.
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Deal Struck To Avoid Possibility Of Government Shutdown In October

Republican and Democratic leaders have agreed on a plan to fund the government for the first six months of fiscal 2013. Still left to debate: whether to extend the so-called Bush tax cuts and looming, deep automatic cuts in some spending.
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Obama Picks San Antonio Mayor For Convention Keynote

Julian Castro, the high-achieving and young mayor of San Antonio, will become the first Hispanic American to give the keynote address at a Democratic convention.
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Chicken With A Side Of Controversy

We explore why the controversy surrounding Chick-fil-A has put our politics and our plates on a collision course.

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Chick-fil-A Comments Still Churning Some Stomachs

The fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has landed in the middle of the same-sex marriage debate. The company's president has been heavily criticized by some people for comments he made against gay marriage. Now, some politicians from across the country are saying the company is not welcome in their towns. Host Michel Martin speaks with James Kenney, Philadelphia councilman-at-large about the controversy.

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