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GOP Fault Lines Expose Ideological Divides

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.

Romney Emerges From Week Of Contradictions

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.

Recall Supporters Confident, But Wis. GOP Has Sway

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.

Judicial Vacancies Rising Under Obama, Study Says

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.

Obama's Most Vocal Black Critics Dial Back Attacks As Election Year Begins

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West have made a traveling road show out of their roles criticizing President Obama. As the 2012 campaign begins in earnest, the duo seem to be moderating their tone.

The Ron Paul Paradox: GOP Questions His Impact

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.

Romney's Olympic Legacy: Savior Or Self-Promoter?

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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Judge Denies Four GOP Candidates For Virginia's Primary Ballot

A federal judge has denied four GOP candidates--Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman--to get on Virginia's Republican presidential primary ballot.

A GOP 'Station Of The Cross,' Bob Jones Is Not On Romney's Itinerary

Candidates like Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and Pat Buchanan spoke at Bob Jones University. But it wasn't a natural fit for Mitt Romney, whose Mormon faith has been described by the school as a "cult."