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Analysis: What Redacted FEC Doc On Crossroads GPS Means For Campaign Finance

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Following the guilty plea of local businessman Jeffrey Thompson, D.C. has been grappling with legal questions surrounding campaign funding. Meanwhile, a case that could change how campaign financing works nationally has taken a surprising turn.

The case before the Federal Elections Commission centers on whether the conservative organization Crossroads GPS can make political contributions and still remain a non-profit. The FEC's Republicans and Democrats released a ruling showing that they were deadlocked over the case. But Republicans surprised Democrats by attaching a document to the ruling that they say informed their decision. The problem is that all 72 pages of the document have been redacted. National Journal correspondent Shane Goldmacher talks with WAMU host Matt McCleskey about why this ruling and the redacted document could affect how campaign financing works going forward.

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Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

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