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As GOP Race Shifts, SuperPAC Mega-Donors Weigh Next Moves

The SuperPAC supporting Rick Santorum has a mega-donor of its own who says he is in it for the long haul — opening up a race for which superPAC can receive the most help from wealthy donors.

Why Romney's Shaggy Dog Story Won't Die

Will the tale about Mitt Romney strapping the family Irish setter to the roof of his car actually hurt him with voters?

How Santorum's Surge Is Changing The 2012 Race

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum swept caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado and the Missouri primary, gaining considerable ground on Mitt Romney's primary lead. NPR's Ken Rudin and Dan Balz, of the Washington Post, recap the week in politics.

Election-Year Realities Bring Compromise On Payroll Taxes And More

There'll still be plenty of disagreements. Compromise seems next to impossible on Democratic proposals to raise taxes on the wealthy, for instance. But the congressional Republican leaders are clearly becoming more selective on where they draw the line.

President's 2013 Budget Includes Slight Boost For Arts, Cultural Agencies

Several arts and cultural institutions saw their allotment rise by about 5 percent in President Obama's proposed 2013 budget. The proposed spending of $1.576 billion — in a budget of $3.8 trillion — includes good news for the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowments for the Arts.

Does Contraception Really Pay For Itself?

The Obama administration claims health insurance companies won't have a problem providing free contraceptive coverage for women who work at religious groups because it is much cheaper for the industry when pregnancies are planned.