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Obama, Romney Focus On Energy Issues In Virginia

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Both presidential candidates are trying to appeal to voters concerned about U.S. energy prices — an issue that's becoming a centerpiece of the race to win Virginia.

In the most recent presidential debate, both candidates got heated when discussing energy policy. Mitt Romney accused the Obama Administration of hurting the economy in coal country, while the president focused on his attempts to clean up the way dirty coal is burned.

On Friday while speaking at George Mason University in Fairfax, Obama used a new line of attack, claiming Romney has a selective memory, or as he called it, Romnesia, which he used to attack Romney on coal policy.

"If you say that you're a champion of the coal industry, when you were governor you stood in front of a coal plant and said this plant will kill you! You've got some Romnesia," said Obama.

Romney is also ramping up his effort to court voters in coal country. His campaign is trying to use soaring energy prices as a way to galvanize voters. His son Matt will be speaking in Virginia's coal country today, and he has a new ad up attacking the president's energy policy.

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'Game Of Thrones' Evolves On Women In Explosive Sixth Season

The sixth season of HBO's Game of Thrones showed a real evolution in the way the show portrays women and in the season finale, several female characters ascended to power. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour and Greta Johnsen, host of the Nerdette podcast, about the show.
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In Quest For Happier Chickens, Perdue Shifts How Birds Live And Die

Perdue Farms, one of the largest poultry companies in the country, says it will change its slaughter methods and also some of its poultry houses. Animal welfare groups are cheering.
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Jonathan Rauch On How American Politics Went Insane

Party insiders and backroom deals: One author on why we need to bring back old-time politics.

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Episode 5: Why 1986 Still Matters

In 1986, a federal official issued a warning: If Metro continued to expand rapidly, the system faced a future of stark choices over maintaining existing infrastructure. Metro chose expansion. We talk to a historian about that decision. We also hear from a former Metro general manager about the following years, and from an Arlington planner about measuring how riders are responding to SafeTrack.

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