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Kansas GOP Campaigns To Exile Moderates

Moderate Republicans have come under attack in primaries across the country this year, but the split in the GOP is perhaps older and sharper in Kansas — and it comes to a head Tuesday. "Bridges have been burned," says one candidate. "Everybody is all-in this election."

The Youth Vote 2012: Once Again, With Enthusiasm?

Young voters, who played a high profile role in the 2008 presidential race, are showing a relatively tepid response to the 2012 contest. But neither campaign is giving up on the historically hard to get demographic.

The Thomas Eagleton Affair Haunts Candidates Today

In 1972, Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern chose the young senator as his running mate. Just 18 days later, Eagleton was forced to drop out. The incident forever changed the way presidential candidates pick their No. 2s.

Week In News: Presidential Race

The race continues to heat up, with Republican National Convention ads using President Obama's promise of "change" against him and continued calls for Mitt Romney to release his pre-2010 tax returns to the public. Host Guy Raz speaks with James Fallows of The Atlantic.
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Congress Heads Out Of Town Without Bailing Out Postal Service

The U.S. Postal Service didn't get a reprieve from Congress before lawmakers left town; the agency will now default on $5 billion in payments for retirees' health plans. 

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Allen, Kaine Make Rounds On Campaign Trail

Virginia senatorial candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine held a number of campaign events this week addressing jobs, sustainable energy, and the Bush-era tax cuts, among other issues. 


Congress Takes A Break With Looming To-Do List

Congress wrapped up its summer work to take the remainder of August off. NPR's David Welna joins guest host Susan Stamberg to explain what Congress accomplished, and what's left on the must-do list before the November election.

Ayotte Would Add Youth, Conservatism As VP Choice

That Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is even being considered as Mitt Romney's running mate is somewhat remarkable. Her state has just four electoral votes, and Ayotte has been a U.S. senator for less than two years. But as Romney nears his choice, Ayotte remains in the discussion.