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Feds Launch Audit Into Sandy-Related Spending In New Jersey

Embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives his State of the State speech on Tuesday. His administration faces lingering questions about politically-motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge. And now Christie faces another high-profile investigation. This one focuses on how his administration spent millions of dollars of Superstorm Sandy relief funds on a marketing campaign.
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Political Groups Aim Early Attacks At New Hampshire Senator

The midterm congressional elections are 10 months away. But some political and ideological organizations are already buying ads to criticize incumbents they hope to take down in November, like Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
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Nearly Six Decades Later, Integration Remains A Work In Progress

In Little Rock, Ark., a federal judge approved a settlement that brings an end to a landmark school desegregation case. The case dates back to 1957, when nine black students integrated Central High School, which up until that point was all-white. But after 60 years of desegregation efforts, are the classes really integrated?
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California Rep. George Miller To Retire

A top ally to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat announced Monday that he will not seek re-election after serving in Congress for 40 years.
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Gansler Continues To Attack Brown On Maryland Health Care Exchange

Maryland lawmakers are working on lesliation to help state residents who haven't been able to sign up for health care, offering another opportunity for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler to go on the offensive.

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Beyond The Bridge, Christie Faces Questions About Sandy Funds

The federal government is investigating the Christie administration's decision to use some funds earmarked for recovery from Superstorm Sandy toward advertisements promoting tourism, which also featured Gov. Christie and his family. The governor is already being scrutinized for a traffic jam apparently ordered by his top staff members, allegedly as political payback. Robert Siegel speaks to Matt Katz about the investigations.
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U.S. High Court Hears Arguments On Recess Appointments

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday challenging the presidential practice appointing federal officials during the Senate's break periods. At issue today were three recess appointments President Obama had made to the National Labor Relations Board.
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Arizona Abortion Law Remains Ruled As Unconstitutional

On Monday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court declined the state of Arizona's request to review a recent appeals court ruling, which had struck down the state's law banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The decision effectively blocks the law permanently, since the U.S. Court of Appeals found it unconstitutional.
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High Court's Pass On 'Fetal Pain' Abortion Case Unlikely To Cool Debate

The Supreme Court's decision not to review a lower court ruling on Arizona's "fetal pain" law has abortion rights advocates hailing the move as a signal the court isn't inclined to take on the 40-year precedent of Roe v. Wade.
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Virginia Democrats Put Gay Marriage On The Agenda

Attempts to lift Virginia's ban on gay marriage have failed in the past, but lawmakers are having another go of it this legislative session.

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