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Freedom Plaza Protesters Not Budging

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Protesters continue to occupy Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C. Monday afternoon, in defiance of the 2 p.m. deadline set by U.S. Park Police.

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Criticism Plagues Super Committee

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)

With most of its meetings taking place in secret, the super committee is facing calls for more openness.


Opposition Remains As Key Vote On Jobs Bill Nears

The Senate holds a vote Tuesday on taking up President Obama's jobs legislation. But fierce Republican opposition both to the bill and how it's paid for leaves slim prospects of it going any further.

A Look At Iowa's First Majority Hispanic Town

Census figures show the Hispanic population in the largely white state of Iowa, while only 5 percent, has almost doubled since 2000. In tiny West Liberty, the mayor says half the local businesses are probably Hispanic-owned. The town's dual language program in schools is also attracting residents from nearby cities.
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National Air and Space Museum To Reopen

The National Air and Space Museum will reopen today after protesters tried to enter the building Saturday.


'Ten Letters': What Americans Tell Obama

The White House receives some 20,000 letters and emails a day, and occasionally citizens are surprised by a personal response to their missives. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow, who writes about this correspondence in his book Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President.

Values Voters Call The Tune For GOP Campaign

There's new controversy for Rick Perry this weekend, after supporter and evangelical leader Robert Jeffress called Mormonism a cult while speaking with reporters at the Values Voter Summit. Host Audie Cornish talks with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about the latest 2012 presidential campaign news.

Values Voters Lukewarm, But Romney Presses On

In a straw poll at the two-day Values Voter Summit, Texas Congressman Ron Paul was the winner, but much of the talk of the conference was about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who is viewed by many in the movement as soft on social issues.

Ron Paul Wins Straw Poll At Values Voter Summit

It's day two of the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Robert Smith talks with NPR's Don Gonyea about the surprising results of a straw poll there today: Ron Paul won big, Herman Cain was a strong second, and Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney trailed badly.