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Dennis Drabelle: "The Great American Railroad War"

The story of the Central Pacific Railroad, two writers -- Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris -- and their battle in print against one of America's most powerful corporations.

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The Republican Party Platform

The Republican Party platform calls for a constitutional amendment outlawing all abortions and toughens its stance on immigration. What the GOP platform represents and its impact on the Romney campaign.

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Five Social Issues On November Ballots

There's a lot at stake in the fall election, including control of Congress and the White House. But important questions will also be decided at the state level. Ballot initiatives will let voters in several states decide on issues ranging from same-sex marriage to marijuana legalization.
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Once 'The Obama Of Alabama,' Now A GOP Headliner

Four years ago, Artur Davis took the podium at the Democratic National Convention to support Barack Obama. Since then, he's lost a bid for governor, moved to a new state and changed parties. And this time around, he'll be speaking at the Republican convention — to call for Obama's defeat.
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Budgets Tight, States Ask Voters To Raise Taxes

In California and other states struggling to plug big holes in their budgets, tax increases will be on the ballot in November. Several measures ask voters to help ward off budget cuts, or to raise funds for basic functions like schools and roads.
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Week In Politics: Taxes And What Ryan Will Do

In our weekly chat about politics, Melissa Block discusses the presidential race with E.J. Dionne Jr. of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam with National Review.
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Sound From The Trail: Ryan On His Running Mate

We're hearing from all the candidates on the presidential campaign trail this week. We listen to part of a stump speech from vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in Glen Allen, Va.
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Romney To Obama On Tax Deal: No, Thanks

After weeks of saying he would not release his tax returns, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told reporters Thursday he had checked them and could report he had always paid at least 13 percent annual in federal income tax. But Romney still refuses to make public more of his tax returns, despite a new offer from the Obama campaign.
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An Early Exit For Calif. Congressman

Congressman Dennis Cardoza, a Democrat from California, was retiring after this year. But why wait? A job with a big lobby-law firm was waiting, so the congressman resigned from Congress this week.

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