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Libertarian Party Files Suit In Virginia Over Ballot Access

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The Libertarian Party in Virginia is challenging a state law that allows only Virginia residents to circulate petitions to get minor party candidates on the general election ballot, according to the Associated Press.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit in federal court in Richmond on behalf of the Libertarian Party of Virginia and Darryl Bonner, a Pennsylvania resident who often circulates petitions for the party's candidates in other states. The complaint charges that a restriction allowing only Virginia residents to circulate petitions violates the First Amendment right of free speech and association. 

In a similar case earlier this year, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry challenged a related Virginia law that imposes a residency requirement for petition circulators in primary elections.  In that case, a judge said the requirement is probably unconstitutional, but ruled that Perry filed his lawsuit too late.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.
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Squeezed By Drought, California Farmers Switch To Less Thirsty Crops

Water scarcity is leading farmers away from planting staples and towards planting higher-value, lower-water specialty crops. Think wine grapes and pomegranates instead of citrus and avocados.
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Obama's Trip To Africa & Foreign Aid

By visiting Africa this month, President Obama is drawing attention to one of the diplomatic tools that most directly shapes America's relationships with other countries: foreign aid and assistance. But now all policy makers at home feel the United States is pursuing the soundest strategy when it comes to providing aid abroad. We explore the issue with the official in charge of the Africa portfolio for the United States Agency for International Development.

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As Twitter Flirts With Hearts, Will You Miss The Stars?

A different Twitter greeted some users when they logged on Tuesday as the social media company tries to win more hearts — and users.

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