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Cantor To Step Down Months Earlier Than Expected

A Cantor spokesman says the congressman will step down Aug. 18 and ask Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately.
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McDonnell Corruption Trial: Businessman Frequently Contacted Ex-Governor's Wife

A wealthy businessman who says his relationship with Virginia's former governor was all about business contacted the governor's wife more than 1,200 times in two years.
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Panel Says Plan To Cut Army Strength Goes Too Far

The Pentagon has recommended cutting troop strength to 450,000, but a bipartisan report says that given the global threats, the reduction is too big.
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President Obama Slams Congress As He Welcomes Economy's Gains

Citing 6 months of strong job gains, President Obama says America's recovery from a debilitating recession is well underway. But he says the economy "could be doing even better" if Congress helped.
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Fla. Judge Orders Lawmakers Back To Work On A New Congressional Map

A Florida judge has ordered the state legislature to come back from recess for a special session. Lawmakers will be expected to draw up new maps for congressional districts found unconstitutional. The judge says he may push back the November 4 election date and order special elections in the affected districts.
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August Comes To The Hill, But House GOP Hasn't Started Recess Quite Yet

House Republicans are delaying their August recess, sticking around Washington to try passing a bill meant to address the border crisis. Democrats and President Obama have already voiced their opposition to the bill on the table.
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Is The Current Gridlock In Congress As Bad As It Looks?

For the final program, host Michel Martin speaks with Neil Minkoff and Maria Cardona about the biggest political stories of the week.
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A Conservative Mayor Fights To Expand Medicaid In North Carolina

After a small North Carolina town lost its hospital, Belhaven's Republican mayor decided it was time to demand that North Carolina cover more people through the Medicaid program.
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Cantor To Step Down This Month To Make Room For Successor

After relinquishing his House majority leader post, Eric Cantor, who was defeated in a stunning June primary upset, says he will give up his seat in Congress effective Aug. 18.
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Assessing Obama's Foreign Policy After A Week Of Crises

Politico Magazine editor Susan Glasser and Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum talk with Linda Wertheimer about how the president's foreign policy moves are playing out at home and abroad.

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