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True story: During the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama came to Portland Ore., and drew more than 100,000 people to a rally. One conservative commentator suggested that the crowds really came out for the free concert that preceded Obama's speech ... by a rather popular local band called The Decemberists. And really, who can say?
The Decemberists' name was inspired by a short-lived rebellion in the Russian army in the 1820s against the chosen successor to the czar. We've invited lead singer and songwriter Colin Meloy to play a game called "Hell, No We Won't Do Whatever It Is You Want Us To!" Three questions about obscure protests.
One of Maryland's federal lawmakers is behind some new ideas about campaign finance reform that have stalled in Congress, but are being taken up by local legislatures, including D.C.