There is a diversity of views in the Republican field for president that is wide, even wild. Host Scott Simon talks with Ross Douthat, a conservative author and New York Times columnist, about the ideological divides in the Republican Party, as apparent in the GOP presidential race.
On the one hand, Mitt Romney's landslide win in New Hampshire put him solidly on a course to focus on the general election last week. On the other hand, a new series of attacks on his years as a venture capitalist forced him to engage more directly than before with his primary rivals. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports from Aiken, S.C.
Democrats plan to turn in petitions by the truckload to try to force a recall election of Gov. Scott Walker, an effort that follows the governor's move to strip public workers of union bargaining rights. But the petitions will then be scrutinized for months, particularly by lawyers for Walker's campaign.
Federal trial court vacancies are going up under President Obama, even as caseloads are rising. A Brookings Institution report shows that this is the first time in memory that a president three years into his first term has seen judicial vacancies rise.
Despite Texas Rep. Ron Paul's strong showing at the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, few Republicans think he could win the party's nomination. But some are concerned he could take his support and launch a third-party bid for the White House.
Mitt Romney and his supporters often cite his role in the organization of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City as a solid credential for the Oval Office. Romney was brought in as CEO in 1999 after a bribery scandal left the organizing committee struggling for credibility. But now, there are competing accounts of Romney's Olympic role — and motivation.
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