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In Ariz. Contest, A Debate Over Government's Reach

Voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District will decide next month who will fill the seat vacated by Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. She resigned in January, a year after she was badly injured in a shooting. One of her former aides is taking on a Tea Party candidate in the special election.

N.C. Democrats Try To Shake Off Pre-Convention Blues

With the national convention just three months away, state Democrats are reeling from a series of setbacks, including passage of a gay marriage ban and a sex scandal within the organization. But party leaders say they're committed to making the convention a success and keeping the state "blue" in November.

GOP Hopes Pennsylvania's Still Got That Swing

Pennsylvania has been considered a swing state in the past few elections. Voters did elect a Republican governor and U.S. senator two years ago. But after voting for the Democrat in five straight presidential contests, is it still a swing state?

Health Law's Downfall Could Put GOP In Odd Spot

Republicans have rallied for repeal of the Affordable Care Act since the very day it passed. But now the GOP has a problem: Some provisions in the law are very popular with voters. If the Supreme Court strikes the law down, choosing whether to try to revive those parts could be difficult.

Sequestered At The Edwards Trial, And I'm Not On The Jury

Each workday for the past five weeks, after taking off his shoes and watch and passing through a metal detector, North Carolina Public Radio reporter Jeff Tiberii entered a small — often cramped — windowless federal courtroom in Greensboro, N.C. It's the trial of 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. And it could be a while yet.

Researchers Find Link Between Isolated State Capitals, Corruption

Political scientists have long noted the propensity for self-dealing among politicians in out-of-sight, out-of-mind state capitals like Albany, NY and Springfield, Ill. After comparing federal corruption convictions of state officials and the relative isolation of state capitals, two researchers found a strong correlation.

Romney's 'Day One' Filling Up Quickly

The Mitt Romney campaign has a sequel to its "Day One" ad, in which it explains what else the presumptive GOP nominee would include in his immediate to-do list if inaugurated president. Candidates often use the "first day" promise to highlight priorities. But Washington politics can change things.