NPR logo This Week On TOTN: Health Care Circus Comes To Town, Texas GOP Votes Tues.

This Week On TOTN: Health Care Circus Comes To Town, Texas GOP Votes Tues.

The eyes of America are upon Texas this week, as Republicans are six days away from choosing among three candidates running for governor: incumbent Rick Perry, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Tea Party activist Debra Medina. We'll have Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News on hand for an up-close look.

Closer to home, President Obama's health-care summit comes to Washington tomorrow, an event broadcast live on cable. The administration is hoping that its differences with the Republicans will rouse an American public thus far nonplussed with what the Democrats are proposing. The rhetoric we hear is expected to be filled with pleas for bipartisanship but ultimately could seen as politics as usual.

Plus: The Senate passes a jobs bill with GOP help, Jim Traficant may go the indie route in a bid to return to Congress, and a farewell to Al Haig.

Last week's program, dedicated to "Bayh Humbug," can be heard here.

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