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Judge Hands McDonnell A Defeat In Corruption Case

A federal judge is denying a request by former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's defense team to limit prosecutors' involvement in a civil case against the government's key witness.

Judge James R. Spencer ruled in court Tuesday against the McDonnells' legal team.

Prosecutors had previously requested and received a delay in a civil case involving Jonnie Williams, the former Star Scientific CEO who gave more than $165,000 in gifts and loans to McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

The McDonnells have been charged with improperly helping Star Scientific in exchange for the gifts and loans.

Lawyers for the former governor argued unsuccessfully that the prosecutors' request for a delay interfered with the defense team's ability to collect evidence. Williams is being sued by investors who claim he falsely promoted Star Scientific's products.

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In Iran, A Poet's 700-Year-Old Verses Still Set Hearts Aflame

The 14th century Persian poet Hafez remains venerated in Iran, even though he wrote of wine, romance and other topics not necessarily welcome in today's Islamic Republic.
NPR

Buy Crop Insurance, Double Your Money

The nation's crop insurance program is really a lottery, says one economist. And it's rigged so that farmers win. In fact, farmers typically get back double the money they pay for premiums.
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The Politics Hour - February 12, 2016

D.C. Council Member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood to chat about her upcoming fight for re-election.

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Do You Like Me? Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

A study by the Pew Research Center finds the use of online dating sites has mushroomed in the past few years, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds.

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