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After State Lawmaker Comes Out, Campaign Becomes Battle Of Write-ins

Mike Fleck, who was re-elected three times before he came out as gay in 2012, lost the Republican state house primary to a write-in candidate. So he won as a write-in on the Democratic ballot instead.
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In Mississippi, A Heated Senate Primary Spills Into Runoff

In one of the country's most competitive primaries, incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel appear headed for a runoff.
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Facing Doubts About Court Fines, Lawmakers Take Questions To Heart

U.S. lawmakers are feeling some urgency to solve the same problem: how to stop sending people to jail simply for failing to pay court fines and fees, often because they're too poor to afford them.
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Prisoner Swap Ignites Political Firestorm On The Hill

Everything the Obama administration touches seems to set off a political firestorm. The latest involves Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the prisoner exchange that led to his release by the Taliban.
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VA Health Care's Chronic Ailments: Long Waits And Red Tape

Problems at the VA are not new; the system has struggled for years to deliver health care in a timely manner. Most of those enduring long waits are older vets from Vietnam, Korea and World War II.
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Life After 'Life': Aging Inmates Struggle For Redemption

A Colorado program for long-term offenders helps a group of aging ex-cons as they attempt to make their way in a fast-paced world and rejoin a society that is not sure they deserve that chance.
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'Burning Down The House' Makes The Case Against Juvenile Incarceration

In her new book, Nell Bernstein says America's juvenile justice system is overdue for reform. Time in jail as a child or teen, she says, is the best predictor of adult criminality and incarceration.
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Last Of The Navajo 'Code Talkers' Dies At 93

Chester Nez, one of 29 Navajo men who used their native language to secure U.S. military communications during World War II, died of kidney failure on Wednesday.
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NRA Retracts Statement Calling Open Carry Rallies 'Downright Weird'

Recent remarks about carrying rifles in public reflected the opinion of a staffer, rather than the organization, the National Rifle Association says.
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Hydroponic Tomatoes May One Day Be Tastier Than Ones Grown Outside

Advances in greenhouse technology have made growing flavorful tomatoes year-round easier. And scientists say climate change may soon make it harder to grow delicious tomatoes outdoors in fields.

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