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As Election Looms, Obama Seeks To Rouse His Base

In recent days, President Obama has reached out to black and Latino voters. On Saturday, he'll speak to the nation's largest gay rights group, part of an effort to re-energize the coalition that helped send him to the White House. But his governing has left some of his early supporters disappointed.

Debate Erupts Over Legality Of Awlaki's Killing

Anwar al-Awlaki may have been one of the most wanted men in the world, but he hadn't been convicted of a crime in American or international courts. Civil liberties groups are arguing the Obama administration may have gone too far by killing Awlaki far away from the battlefield.

Week In Politics: GOP Primary Dates; Herman Cain; Chris Christie

Melissa Block speaks with our regular political commentators E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times.

Fla. Moves Up Its Primary Date

Florida wants to be no lower than fifth on the calendar of presidential nominating events in 2012, and Friday its Legislature moved to hold its primary on Jan. 31. That is expected to move the Iowa caucuses into the first week of the year.
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Worshippers At NoVa Mosque React To al-Awlaki's Death

Worshippers at the Northern Virginia mosque where Anwar al-Awlaki once served as imam have mixed reactions to news of his death.


The Man Behind The Illegal-Immigration Crackdown

As more states consider strict immigration laws like those in Arizona and Alabama, one name keeps coming up: Kris Kobach. He's the Kansas secretary of state who helped many states shape a tough approach to illegal immigration. And he says there's more to come in swing states in 2012.

Florida's Move Means Primaries, Like Holiday Season, Start Earlier

By advancing its primary date to Jan. 31, Florida makes it virtually certain the four traditional early states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — will now move their caucuses and primaries to earlier in January. Other primaries will shift forward, too. Campaigns will have less downtime around the holidays.
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WaPo's McCartney: Ulysses Currie's Trial Began This Week, Va. Mass Transit Spending Dispute

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis of this week's top stories, including Maryland State Sen. Ulysses Currie's bribery charges and the dispute between state officials and local authorities in Virginia over mass spending.