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Miss. Rep: Abortion Clinic Regulation Protects Women

A U.S. District Court will hear arguments Wednesday about a controversial law that could close Mississippi's only abortion clinic. Opponents say the law is aimed at closing the clinic and limiting access to abortions in the state. But the law's author, Mississippi State Representative Sam Mims, tells guest host Maria Hinojosa that it's all about protecting women's health and safety.
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Super PACs And The 2012 Presidential Election

Super PACs supporting presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney are projected to outraise pro-Obama groups by about eight-to-one. How super PACs could decide this year's presidential election.

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Romney Outraises Obama By $35 Million In June

For the second month in a row, Republican challenger Mitt Romney has raised more money than President Obama. That has the Obama campaign ringing alarm bells.
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Bush Tax Cuts: The New Middle-Class Norm

Much of the political focus when discussing the Bush-era tax cuts is on the wealthy, but they're not the only ones who would be affected if the tax cuts are allowed to expire at the end of this year.
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Democrats Say Anonymous Donors Unfairly Influencing Senate Races

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says pro-Republican groups aren't playing by the rules. It plans to file a complaint accusing a trio of "social welfare" groups of abusing the rules to hide the identities of their donors.
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Justice Department, Texas Face Off In Court Over Voter ID Law

In opening arguments before a three-judge panel, a lawyer for Texas argued that the photo ID requirement was intended to limit voter fraud, not to curb turnout of legally registered voters. The Obama administration says it could deny minorities their rights.
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D.C. Activists Push For Campaign Finance Reform

A group of activists cleared a major hurdle in campaign finance reform, but more work still needs to be done.

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Swing State TV Stations Spiking Ad Rates As Campaign Cash Pours In

Someone once said that owning a TV station is a license to print money. Now, that was before the advent of cable TV and computer screens and streaming video. But these are clearly good times for some stations, especially the ones in presidential battleground states.
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Gray Donor Pleads Guilty To Conducting 'Shadow Campaign'

New details are emerging in the hearing for PR executive Eugenia Harris, who has been charged with making straw contributions to candidates, including D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, and participating as well in a "shadow campaign."

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