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Group Aiming To Bypass Party Politics Hits Bumps

Americans Elect is trying to run the first online primary to choose a presidential ticket, and get it on the ballot in all 50 states. But the group is having trouble attracting big-name candidates and refuses to name its financial backers.
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O'Malley Announces Special Session For May 14

Facing a "Doomsday budget" that features $512 million in cuts on July 1, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has officially called a special session of the General Assembly to come up with a state budget.


White House Unveils New Fracking Regulations

The Interior Department released new rules for companies that drill on federal or tribal lands.

Surprising No One, Obama, Romney Don't Agree On Meaning Of April Jobs Stats

One cynical economist said the worst thing about the jobs report was "It provides just enough inane talking points for both sides of politics. That could probably be said for most first Fridays of the month during a general-election year when Democrats and Republicans try to extract any competitive advantage they can from the latest employment report from the U.S. Labor Department.

It's All Politics, May 3, 2012

With Washington abuzz over the president's trip to Afghanistan, this week's podcast focuses on stuff outside the Beltway: Sen. Dick Lugar's tough Republican primary contest in Indiana, and Wisconsin Democrats' selection of a candidate to take on GOP Gov. Scott Walker in the June recall election.

Are Obama And Romney The Same Guy?

Here's something you won't hear from the rival campaigns of President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney: Despite their obvious differences, they actually have a lot in common. A dozen things, at least. Here's a list.
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Battleground States And The 2012 Presidential Election

Political analysts say a handful of states will decide the 2012 presidential election. Diane and guests discuss the economic and political makeup of these battleground states and key issues for voters.


Unions Take The Lead To Recall Wis. Gov. Walker

Next month, Wisconsin voters will go to the polls in a recall election that could remove controversial Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office. But first, Democratic voters will mark their ballots in next week's primary election that will determine which Democrat will face-off against Walker. Labor unions were the driving force behind the bid to recall Walker, and the movement has a great deal at stake in the election.