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Judge Strikes Down Virginia Resident Requirement For Petitions

A judge overturned Virginia's law restricting the circulation of petitions to state residents.
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A judge overturned Virginia's law restricting the circulation of petitions to state residents.

A federal judge in Richmond has struck down a Virginia law that allows only state residents to circulate petitions to get presidential candidates on the general election ballot.

U.S. District Judge John Gibney ruled in favor of the Libertarian Party of Virginia yesterday, saying the restrictions severely burden the party's freedom of speech and are not narrowly tailored to promote a compelling state interest.   

Under existing state law, any party that fails to get 10 percent of the votes cast in either of the last two statewide elections must submit petitions containing at least 10,000 voter signatures to get a candidate on the presidential ballot. At least 400 signatures must be from each of the state's 11 congressional districts, and only Virginia residents can circulate petitions.

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Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

Scientists from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and The Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation say they've identified four men buried in the earliest English church in America.
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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of 2 miles — and can very accurately kill that person."

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