February 1, 2012 Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sparked controversy Wednesday when he told CNN that he wasn't "concerned about the very poor." Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro, who's traveling with Romney in Nevada.
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February 1, 2012 The split between the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a breast cancer charity, and Planned Parenthood appears to mark a new chapter in the ongoing abortion war.
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February 1, 2012 While President Obama outraised each of his potential Republican rivals in the last three months of 2011, the latest Federal Election Commission reports show that Mitt Romney's campaign pulled in more money in most weeks from those giving more than $200 each.
February 1, 2012 Obama's remarks came just days before the Nevada caucuses in which Republican voters will state their preference for GOP presidential nominee. Nevada, of course, is a swing state. It also has among the highest foreclosure rates in the nation so the timing of Obama's announcement certainly could be interpreted as sending voters a message about where their self-interest lies.
February 1, 2012 Republicans signaled at a House Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday that they're still furious about President Obama's "unprecedented recess appointments" to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board. A look at the broader controversy surrounding recess appointments — and what it might mean for nominees for the rest of the president's term.
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February 1, 2012 President Obama released a housing proposal Wednesday that aims to help more homeowners refinance their mortgages. The plan is the latest effort by the administration to help homeowners. It would allow those who are current on their mortgages to refinance at lower rates, even if they owe more than their home is worth. The administration says the effort could save millions of homeowners an average of $3,000. But past housing efforts have not lived up to billing, and this one faces its first obstacle on Capitol Hill.
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February 1, 2012 There wasn't a Democratic primary contest running in parallel with the Republican race in Florida this year. The scorched-earth battle that ensued between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich may have an effect when the general election comes to Florida later this year. Did anyone benefit from the hard-fought primary contest — other than Florida's TV stations, which aired millions of dollars in ads?
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February 1, 2012 Two senators who have taken the lead on legislation aimed to help homeowners refinance are blunt about how concerned they are by the news NPR reported about Freddie Mac's "multibillion-dollar bets against American homeowners being able to refinance."
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February 1, 2012 Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire announced her support of same sex marriage in January 2012, reversing her previous stance. The state Senate is expected to pass a bill Wednesday that would make Washington the seventh state, along with the District of Columbia, to legalize gay marriage.
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February 1, 2012 Mitt Romney bounced back from his second place South Carolina finish and won the Florida GOP primary Tuesday. NPR's Ken Rudin discusses those results. Maine Public Broadcasting's Jay Field and the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Steve Sebelius preview the caucuses that begin Saturday in those states.
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February 1, 2012 The online sports book Bovada favors Mitt Romney to win the GOP nomination. But it still gives President Obama the edge in the general election against any Republican challenger.
A protester at the Occupy D.C. encampment in Freedom Plaza packed up his belongings Monday ahead of a National Park Service deadline to clear out.
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February 1, 2012 Most of the Occupy Wall Street protesters have gone home, but they have left a cultural and political legacy that will likely shape the debate about economic fairness in America for some time to come — and have a direct impact on the 2012 elections.
February 1, 2012 Florida primary voters handed Mitt Romney a resounding victory on Tuesday. But other GOP candidates declared that they are staying in the race. And President Obama has been busy raising money and trying to energize his base. Host Michel Martin talks about the latest election news with politicos Corey Ealons and Mario Loyola.
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February 1, 2012 Unfortunately for Mitt Romney, his comment fits a growing narrative that he's wealthy and out of touch. If he wins the GOP nomination, it's a safe $10,000 bet that it will figure in Democratic ads this fall.
February 1, 2012 Though Gingrich vowed to take the campaign into the summer, analysts say after his Florida loss, he might have to recalibrate.
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