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Senate Holds First Hearing On Solitary Confinement

Advocates for prisoners rights say too many inmates spend years in solitary confinement — in violation of the constitutional bar against cruel and unusual punishment. Today, they persuaded the U.S. Senate to hold the first hearing on the issue, as state and federal prison systems fend off new lawsuits over the practice.
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New Pick To Head D.C. Housing Agency Embroiled In Sex Scandal

Just one day after Mayor Vincent Gray announced Michael Kelly as his pick to head the D.C. Housing and Community Development agency, reports have emerged alleging a sex scandal at his previous job in Philadelphia.

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How Opponents Won The Health Care Messaging War

The White House didn't do a great job selling the health care overhaul. But the media didn't help, either, according to a new analysis of media coverage between June 2009 and March 2010.
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Virginia Voters Will Be Targeted By SEIU In Presidential Race

The Service Employees International Union plans to target Virginia and seven other states as part of its effort to support the reelection of President Barack Obama in November.

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With Polka Band And Pie, Romney Wraps Up Small-Town Tour In Michigan

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigned Tuesday in his home state of Michigan, avoiding big cities and staying in places friendly to the GOP. Romney seemed to be using each stop on his five-day tour to hone his attacks and his humor.
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Obama And Congress: Bipartisanship Talk Met Reality

When President Obama first campaigned for the office he now holds, he promised to change the tone in Washington. But the tone has only gotten nastier. And after using Democratic majorities in Congress to muscle through major legislation, he's increasingly been stymied by a wall of GOP opposition.
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Rep. Ellison On 'Taking Back The American Dream'

Many progressive Democrats haven't been thrilled with the president's first term. But they may have the money and organizational power to elect the president for a second term. Progressives meet this week for the conference, "Take Back the American Dream," and host Michel Martin speaks with one attendee, Congressman Keith Ellison.
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What Will New Immigration Policy Mean For Jobs?

President Obama recently decided to suspend deportations for some immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children. Under certain conditions, they can apply for work permits. Host Michel Martin looks at some potential economic effects with two experts who both oppose the plan.

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