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Why Convention Sites Don't Make Very Good Swing State Strategy

The idea that convention cities are decided with an eye toward winning the host city's state is popular to the point of being irresistible. But it doesn't fare well against the facts.

Study: Black Girls Are Being Pushed Out of School

Research suggests that punishment for African-American schoolgirls is more harsh than for other groups, and the racial disparities between punishment for girls are greater than those for boys.

Political Necessity Forces GOP Into Middle-Class Income Debate

As the economy improves, political debates change. President Obama says it's time to focus on stagnant middle-class incomes. Republicans are trying to come up with their agenda for the middle class.

Obama's Plan To Tax Overseas Earnings Draws Scrutiny

American firms have about $2 trillion in overseas accounts — money they could be using to hire workers and pay dividends in the U.S. The president wants to encourage them to bring that money home.
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Proposal To Tax Online Hotel Bookings Hits Resistance From Travel Industry

The proposal by a Democratic state senator would apply Maryland's sales and use tax to hotel bookings made through online travel sites.

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'Spirit Of Urgency' Surrounds War Powers Authorization, Kaine Says

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, one of the loudest supporters of Congress' role in authorizing U.S. war powers, says he's glad that the White House has sent a resolution to Capitol Hill.


Pressure Mounts On Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber To Resign

Gov. John Kitzhaber is accused of looking the other way while his fiancée allegedly used his office to land contracts for her consulting business. A state ethics probe is underway.

Keystone XL Pipeline Would Transport 'Dirty Energy'

Despite veto threats, the House sent the Keystone XL pipeline bill to President Obama. David Greene talks to Susan Casey-Lefkowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council about environmental issues.
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Jury Sides With D.C. Police Chief Lanier In Whistleblower Lawsuit

The two-week trial centered around whether a police commander, Hilton Burton, had been demoted for speaking out against Police Chief Cathy Lanier during a D.C. Council hearing on police escorts for celebrities.
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Maryland Chief Judge Gives Rare 'State Of The Judiciary' Speech

While she didn't outline many legislative priorities or proposals, Barbera did ask for continued help from the General Assembly in updating technology used by courts. She says paper is still the predominant way records are kept and services are dispensed.