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WASHINGTON (AP) The Smithsonian Institution would see a $100 million increase in President Barack Obama's budget plan to build a new black history museum on the National Mall. It would make small cuts elsewhere at the museum complex. The National Zoo would have to close its Kids Farm.

WASHINGTON (AP) The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities are each facing a 13 percent reduction in President Barack Obama's budget proposal. Arts advocates say the arts spending spur job growth and innovation.

WASHINGTON (AP) Flower lovers in Washington can breathe a sigh of relief. An anonymous donor is giving $1 million to save a 65-year-old azalea collection at the National Arboretum. The gift is a reprieve for the cash-strapped arboretum, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

WASHINGTON (AP) Albert Haynesworth's agent says there's no truth to a complaint that the Washington Redskins defensive lineman inappropriately touched a waitress. WRC-TV reported that according to a police report, the waitress said Haynesworth touched her breast while paying his bill early Sunday at a downtown Washington hotel. The agent says Haynesworth is considering his own legal action.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

This post was updated at 5:40 p.m.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

NPR

Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

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