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'Truth By Repetition': The Evolution Of Political Mudslinging

Two former reporters are now making a living digging up dirt on political candidates. They help their clients find obscured truths on their competition — and on themselves. While name-calling isn't new, there are more ways to spread a damaging message. But as this election showed, that message isn't always factually based.
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'Watch Nights,' A New Year's Celebration Of Emancipation

On Dec. 31, 1862, African-Americans and abolitionists waited for word — via telegraph, newspaper or word of mouth — that the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued. A New Year's Eve tradition marks the anniversary of President Lincoln's actions to end slavery.
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S.C. Town Needs A Mayor, But No One Wants The Job

The New York Times reported this week that the town of Little Mountain, S.C. (Population: 292), is in search of a mayor. Buddy Johnson, the current mayor, is leaving after 16 years. The trouble is, no one seems interested in taking the position.
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Obama: 'The American People Are Watching What We Do Here'

It was hardly the first time the president had been standing at the White House briefing room podium, asking lawmakers to finally, before time runs out, agree to his plan or cut a deal, and spare the world some gratuitous economic pain.
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Congressional Leaders Hopeful As Fiscal Cliff Deadline Nears

Even though the top four congressional leaders left their White House meeting with the president separately and silently Friday, they cast the hourlong encounter in a positive light back at the Capitol.
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New Immigration Battle: Driver's Licenses

Iowa is the latest state to challenge President Obama's immigration policy by denying driver's licenses to young illegal immigrants who receive a temporary reprieve from deportation. Opponents are suing to block such moves, saying they violate federal law.
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Obama Meets With Congressional Leaders On Fiscal Cliff

Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro about efforts to prevent the automatic spending cuts and tax hikes due to take effect at the beginning of the year.
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Kincannon: Painting A More Accurate Portrait Of America

C. Louis Kincannon, the former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, died of cancer Dec. 15 at age 72. Kincannon brought ethnic and linguistic diversity to his agency. We remember him with Tom Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau's acting director.

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