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Traders Defend High-Speed Systems Against Charges Of Rigging

Author Michael Lewis says high-frequency traders have figured out a way to game the system. Some of those traders say that while there are "bad actors," high-speed trading plays a legitimate role.
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A Younger, Wealthier Capital City Turns A Political Page

Democrats in Washington, D.C., rejected scandal-plagued Mayor Vincent Gray's re-election bid, turning instead to a challenger three decades his junior and with appeal to the rapidly gentrifying city.
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits

A divided Supreme Court eliminated the overall limits on a donor's contributions to federal candidates and campaigns, while leaving in place the limit on what a donor may give to one candidate.
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High Court's Campaign Finance Ruling Has Critics Dismayed

Adam Lioz, of the public policy organization Demos, says that Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling will further empower a small, elite group of political donors. He offers a critical perspective on the ruling.
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Survey: Americans Skeptical Of Prison For Non-Violent Drug Crimes

Attitudes toward drug use continue to evolve. A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that more people favor alternatives to prison for non-violent drug offenders.
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Drawing On Family History, Julian Castro Hopes To Paint Texas Blue

The story of the changing demographics in Texas can, in many ways, be told through the family history of Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio. Mayor Castro discusses his story, as well as what Texas' expanding Hispanic population means for the state's political future.
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Dogged By Scandal, DC Incumbent Goes Down In Primary

The incumbent mayor of the nation's capital will not be re-elected. A federal investigation into Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign, along with allegations lodged just weeks before the election, helped propel his closest opponent to a surprise double-digit victory in the Democratic primary.
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Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky

Thirteen years in the making, the Prison Rape Elimination Act is starting to have an impact. Texas Gov. Rick Perry says it's "ill-conceived," but many other states are adopting the law's standards.
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Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason

Texans overwhelmingly choose cars and trucks for their commutes, but in cities like Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, policy leaders have incentives to support cycling. They say it's good for business.
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Run When You're 25 For A Sharper Brain When You're 45

Here's the latest bit of evidence that exercise keeps the brain fit. Much of the research has been in older people, but this study found that being fit in your 20s makes you sharper in middle age.

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