Don Gonyea Don Gonyea is a NPR National Political Correspondent based in Washington, D.C., and travels throughout the United States covering elections and the country's political climate. His reports can be heard on all NPR programs and at NPR.org.

Dr. Monica Wehby, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Oregon, appears in the much-talked-about campaign ad "Trust." Dr. Monica Wehby Senate campaign hide caption

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Politicians Get Personal With Memorable Early Campaign Ads

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Obama, Bush Mark Passage Of 1964 Civil Rights Act

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Austin Hosts Presidents Past And Present To Honor Civil Rights

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President Lyndon Johnson talks with civil rights leaders in his White House office on Jan. 18, 1964. The black leaders, from left, are, Roy Wilkins, James Farmer, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Whitney Young. AP hide caption

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LBJ Legacy: Vietnam War Often Overshadows Civil Rights Feat

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President Obama stands on stage with Vice President Biden and their families after accepting the party nomination during the final day of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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For Political Conventions, Another Balloon Bursts

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks with reporters after alleging that the CIA broke federal law by secretly removing sensitive documents from computers used by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the committee tasked with congressional oversight of the CIA. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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The Senate Versus The CIA: A Struggle At Flashpoint

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GM Ignition Switch Controversy Comes To Capitol Hill

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The Pope And Obama Share A Knack For Inspiring The Young

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At CPAC this year, even Sen. Rand Paul's cardboard cutout was drawing attention. The Kentucky lawmaker was leading in the straw poll among attendees Friday. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Landov hide caption

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CPAC Is A Siren Call To GOP Presidential Hopefuls

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters in front of federal court in Washington on Feb. 12. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Sen. Rand Paul To Address Annual CPAC Meeting

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Dingell Dynasty Could Continue In Michigan

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American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations President Richard Trumka addresses members during the quadrennial AFL-CIO convention at Los Angeles Convention Center in Sept. 2013. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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AFL-CIO's Trumka: Keep VW Union Vote In Perspective

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to the Economic Club of Chicago on Tuesday. Christie was in town to raise money for the Republican Governors Association. PAUL BEATY/AP hide caption

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Gov. Christie Promotes GOP Despite Scandal At Home In N.J.

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Presidents past and present were on hand for the opening ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas in April 2013. Kevork Djansezian/AP hide caption

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Bidding Starts Early For Site Of Obama's Future Library

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Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is seen at the Jan. 24 RNC winter meeting in Washington. Priebus celebrates the achievements of black Republicans in a series of new radio ads designed to honor Black History Month. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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