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Chemical Spill In W. Va. Tests Tolerance For Big Coal

Linda Wertheimer talks to Evan Osnos about his New Yorker piece in which he explores how the coal industry has become a political player in the state, and what that could mean for future regulation.
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In Ann Arbor, Obama Gathers Support For Minimum Wage Hike

The Senate could vote on a minimum wage bill as soon as next week. But it is hard to imagine the Republican-controlled House will take it up.
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High Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions

The Supreme Court on Wednesday took out a major pillar of campaign finance limits. The justices ruled a donor may give the maximum amount to as many federal candidates or committees as they wish.
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Court's Decision Will Encourage Joint Fundraising Committees

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down limits on how much a single individual can give in total to candidates and parties. The ruling could give wealthy donors even more influence in elections.
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NPR Poll: Obamacare More Popular Than President

After a horrendous October rollout, the ACA is viewed a little more favorably now. But the number of people who intensely oppose the law is 12 percentage points higher than those who strongly back it.
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Campaign Finance Ruling Winners: The Political Pros

In practical terms, the Supreme Court ruling could mean more money flowing to political operatives and party committees.
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A Younger, Wealthier Capital City Turns A Political Page

Democrats in Washington, D.C., rejected scandal-plagued Mayor Vincent Gray's re-election bid, turning instead to a challenger three decades his junior and with appeal to the rapidly gentrifying city.
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Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits

A divided Supreme Court eliminated the overall limits on a donor's contributions to federal candidates and campaigns, while leaving in place the limit on what a donor may give to one candidate.
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High Court's Campaign Finance Ruling Has Critics Dismayed

Adam Lioz, of the public policy organization Demos, says that Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling will further empower a small, elite group of political donors. He offers a critical perspective on the ruling.
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Drawing On Family History, Julian Castro Hopes To Paint Texas Blue

The story of the changing demographics in Texas can, in many ways, be told through the family history of Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio. Mayor Castro discusses his story, as well as what Texas' expanding Hispanic population means for the state's political future.

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