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Semantic Gymnastics: GOP In Tug Of War Over Delegate Rule

An imbroglio playing out Thursday at a GOP meeting is over the swap of the word "may" for the word "shall" — and how that little change could affect the 2016 presidential prospects of potential out-of-the-GOP-mainstream candidates.
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GOP Divided Over Whether It Needs Better Outreach, Nominees

The Republican National Committee meets this week in Boston with lots to argue about — if they choose to do so. There's immigration and Obamacare resistance and the 2016 presidential nominating system.
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Floor Charts A Key Part Of Congressional Messaging

Watch C-SPAN long enough and you'll see members of Congress using big visual aids, known by Capitol insiders as floor charts. We explore where the charts come from and how they've become an essential part of congressional messaging. (This piece originally aired on Morning Edition on July 23.)
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Obama Played Cards The Day Bin Laden Was Killed: Important?

Much is being made of former presidential "body man" Reggie Love's account of spending some time that day playing cards with the president. Another man who was there then says Obama was in the Situation Room while Navy SEALs were on their mission.
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Friday News Roundup - International

The Muslim Brotherhood pledges to bring down military rule as Egypt's death toll climbs. Israeli-Palestinian peace talks resume in Jerusalem. And Secretary of State John Kerry faces questions about NSA spying on his visit to South America.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

The Justice Department sues to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. North Carolina adopts a new voter ID law. And a judge rejects New York City’s "stop and frisk" policy. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top domestic headlines.

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The Politics Hour

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Gingrich: Most GOP Lawmakers Have 'Zero' Ideas On Health Care

The former House speaker, who isn't ruling out another bid for the GOP presidential nomination, says his fellow Republicans can't just be negative and "tear down our opponent."
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Jesse Jackson Jr. 'Manned Up' On Misuse Of Campaign Funds

Jesse Jackson Jr. has been sentenced to 30 months in prison. The former Illinois congressman stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds to buy luxury items for himself and his family. His wife Sandra Jackson received a year in prison for filing false tax returns.
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Civil Rights Leaders Call For States To Expand Voting Rights

Civil rights leaders meeting in Atlanta say states, including Texas and North Carolina, are deliberately trying to make it more difficult for voters. They're calling for a national campaign to strengthen voting rights, increase voter participation and eliminate long lines at the polls.

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