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Political Junkie Roundup: Money And The NAACP

The Romney campaign is winning the money battle, raising $106 million in June while the President's reelection campaign gathered $71 million. And Mitt Romney addressed the NAACP Wednesday, and Vice President Joe Biden speaks there Thursday. NPR's Ken Rudin rounds up the latest political news.
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Romney Absorbs Boos, Tells NAACP That Democrats Have Failed Blacks

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn't expect a warm embrace at the NAACP annual convention in Houston. And he didn't get one. But despite sustained booing over his vow to repeal "Obamacare," he scored some points in his speech to the nation's oldest civil rights group.
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Council Members Call For Mayor Gray To Resign

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray defended himself after details of a "shadow campaign" emerged this week, even as three members of the city council are calling for him to resign.

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New Coalition Lifts Up Latino LGBT Familia

The civil rights effort Familia es Familia, or 'Family is Family,' had its coming out party at the National Council of La Raza convention in Las Vegas. It aims to increase acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in the Latino community, and more than 20 Latino rights organizations have signed on. Guest host Maria Hinojosa talks with Ingrid Duran, the co-founder of Familia es Familia, and Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
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U.S. Pig And Cattle Producers Trying To Crush Egg Bill

The egg industry and the Humane Society of the United States support a bill to require egg-laying hens to be raised in bigger cages, but a new organization backed by the pork industry and others is urging Congress to kill the egg bill.
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Romney To NAACP: If You Knew My Heart, I Would Get Your Vote

The Republican presidential candidate's message to African-Americans is that his economic and education policies will "help hundreds of millions of middle class Americans of all races."
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The Value Of Taxing The Wealthy: $56 Billion

President Barack Obama's proposal to let the Bush tax cuts expire for wealthier Americans could add significantly to federal coffers.
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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Office Pressured To Release Details About Condition

A source close to Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., says his staff or doctors could provide more information on the condition of the congressman as early as Wednesday, NPR's David Schaper reports. Jackson took a leave of absence a month ago, but his office has been vague about the circumstances.
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Federal Rail Safety Standards And Metro

Kojo chats with Maryland's senior member of the U.S. Senate about efforts to establish new safety standards for the Washington region's public transit system.

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Small Businesses And Retail Space

Most urbanites say they'd rather see more locally owned shops and fewer chain stores in their neighborhood. But the reality is that local businesses have trouble competing with national chains when it comes to leasing retail space.

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