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Robocalls Trial Poised To Start

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A Baltimore judge is reviewing documents in a case against an aide to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich who's accused of using robocalls to suppress voter turnout in Maryland's 2010 governor's race.

Attorneys on both sides did not object to having Circuit Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill preside over the case against Paul Schurick. Fletcher-Hill told the attorneys that he received one of the calls at his home. The judge says his wife answered the call, and that he didn't believe it would hurt his impartiality.

Schurick is accused of sending thousands of automatic phone calls to heavily Democratic districts. Schurick's lawyers are seeking to have the case dismissed on procedural and constitutional grounds.

Jury selection in the case could begin later today.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

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