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Obama Defends Government As A National Caretaker

With a towering federal deficit, the role of the government was always destined to be an important issue in the presidential campaign. Republican candidate Mitt Romney's decision to tap Paul Ryan — author of a proposed budget that would dramatically reduce the size of government — made it front and center. This week, President Obama has begun a systematic campaign to remind voters of just what government does and can do for them.

Vulnerable Senate Seats In The Spotlight As Fall Nears

Audie Cornish speaks with Jennifer Duffy, senior editor at the Cook Political Report, about the handful of close races that could tip the balance in Senate to the Republicans this fall.

Poll: Ryan As Running Mate Helps Romney In Wisconsin, But Just A Bit

Obama won the state handily in 2008 with more than 56 percent of the vote. But Wisconsin is now up for grabs, and some pundits had predicted that Romney's pick of Ryan, a longtime congressman from Janesville, Wis., would move the needle for the GOP ticket.

Political Junkie: Todd Akin And Negative Campaigning

After his comments about rape caused an uproar, Republican Rep. Todd Akin says he's staying in the Missouri Senate race. NPR's Neal Conan and Politico's Charlie Mahtesian discuss the fallout. Politix editor David Mark also joins in for an examination of negative campaign tactics.

In Ad Battle, Obama Banking On Wind-Power Message In Key Swing States

In Colorado and Iowa, two states considered up for grabs in the presidential race, a battle over alternative energy policy is playing a growing role in the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.
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Sen. Mikulski To Speak At Democratic Nation Convention

Senator Barbara Mikulski joins a growing list of D.C. Metro politicians that will occupy high-profile speaking spots at political conventions in the next few weeks.