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WASHINGTON (AP) D.C. voting rights advocates say House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nuhr) is violating his own small-government principles by meddling in local affairs. About two dozen protesters held a tea party-style demonstration outside Boehner's Capitol Hill home this morning. They wore colonial-style hats and chanted, "Don't tread on D.C."

WASHINGTON (AP) Bill Monroe, who hosted the long-running Washington political television show "Meet the Press" for nearly a decade in the late 1970s and early 1980s, has died. A New Orleans-based television station he worked for, WDSU, said Monroe died today at a nursing home in suburban Washington. He was 90.

WASHINGTON (AP) A new gallery opening in Washington will show figures of all the U.S. presidents together in the nation's capital for the first time. Madame Tussauds wax museum opens a $2 million revamped attraction today. It hopes to increase its appeal by pushing presidents over pop stars.

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

This post was updated at 5:20 p.m., Feb. 17, 2011.

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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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