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Road To The White House Goes Through Michigan

There is a battle underway on the presidential campaign trail over Michigan's economic recovery. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says President Obama is given too much credit for helping the domestic auto industry. President Obama has made the auto industry's turnaround a central point of his re-election campaign.
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Iowa Community Preserves Short Line Rail Track

In northern Iowa, a group of farmers have banded together to buy nearly 30 miles of railroad track to assure they can get their grain to the ethanol market. Short line tracks are being idled across the country as railroads concentrate on longer trains.
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Pink Slime Maker To Close Plants, 650 To Lose Jobs

Officials with Beef Products Incorporated, or BPI, will permanently close three production plants in Iowa, Texas and Kansas by the end of the month. BPI is the maker of finely textured beef. Critics call it pink slime. About 650 people will lose their jobs.
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North Carolina Voters Pass Gay Marriage Ban

In North Carolina Tuesday, voters approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships. North Carolina becomes the 30th state to pass a measure outlawing same-sex marriage.
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Mayor Barrett To Face Gov. Walker In Recall Election

Voters in Wisconsin Tuesday, chose the Democrat who will face Republican Governor Scott Walker in next month's gubernatorial recall election. The winning Democrat was Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
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Sen. Lugar's 36-Year Career Ends With Primary Loss

Republican Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana has lost his bid for re-election. In Tuesday's primary, he was defeated by Tea Party challenger Richard Mourdock.
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Partisan Psychology: Why Do People Choose Political Loyalties Over Facts?

Two-thirds of Republicans say the president can do something about high gas prices; about two-thirds of Democrats say he can't. But six years ago, with a Republican president in the White House, those numbers were reversed. Researchers want to understand this flipped perception.
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Fla. Court To Rule: Can A Lawyer Be Undocumented?

The Florida Board Bar of Examiners requires all applicants to have valid citizenship or immigration papers. Jose Godinez-Samperio, who has no such papers, was granted a waiver to sit for the bar exam in 2011. He passed, but now the bar says it will admit him only with approval from the state Supreme Court.
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America's Dairyland Doubles As Test Site For Political Civil War

A political civil war has raged in Wisconsin for nearly 18 months — presaging the fierce national politics of this presidential year.
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A Senate Legend, Undone By His Greatest Strength

Richard Lugar's ability to reach across the aisle set him apart for more than three decades in the U.S. Senate. But it was that very tendency — and his close relationship with President Obama — that ended Lugar's career Tuesday night with a loss in Indiana's Republican primary.

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