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Virginia Libertarians File Suit Over Ballot Access Rules

The Libertarian Party and nine former Virginia candidates have filed a lawsuit challenging state laws that they claim give Democrats and Republicans an unfair advantage in elections.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Richmond against the three-member Virginia State Board of Elections. Robert Sarvis, last year's Libertarian candidate for governor, is the lead plaintiff.

According to the complaint, Virginia's ballot access laws violate the Constitution's equal protection and freedom of association guarantees. Those state laws require minor party candidates to gather signatures on petitions to get on the ballot and place their names below those of major-party candidates on the ballot.

The state attorney general's office, which represents the elections board, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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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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