National political roundup, with Todd Purdum, Ross Baker & Dick Polman

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the Presidential Limousine. Courtesy: White House

On the heels of more primary elections in Connecticut and Colorado, Washington girds for a ruthless fall campaign season before November’s primary elections. Both parties face vigorous challenges from their ideological fringes, with Tea Party candidates pushing the Republicans ever rightward and progressives demanding more from a beleaguered Obama White House and Democrats in the House preparing to try two stalwarts of the Congressional Black Caucus on ethics charges. Meanwhile, the Fed shifted to a defense against deflation this week, underscoring the continuing economic peril that voters say remains their highest priority. Joining Marty to talk about all this and more on this week’s Radio Times national political roundup are TODD S. PURDUM, national editor of Vanity Fair magazine; ROSS K. BAKER, Rutgers political science professor; and DICK POLMAN, longtime columnist and blogger at the Philadelphia Inquirer who this week is joining WHYY.

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