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Romney Aide's Etch A Sketch Gaffe Won't Be Easily Erased

The Etch A Sketch gaffe boils down into one rectangular piece of plastic the prevailing perception of the GOP front-runner: that his political stances are more situational than even the average politician's, that he'll say whatever he feels he needs to say to win an election.

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The Politics Hour

WAMU, 88.5 reporter Patrick Madden joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood to preview the upcoming primaries in Washington, D.C. on April. 3.

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Insider-Trading Ban Passes Congress, But Some See Missed Opportunity

The Senate passed a bill Thursday to explicitly ban insider trading by members of Congress and the executive branch. But the legislation, known as the STOCK Act, is quite a bit weaker than earlier versions.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

President Obama traveled to Oklahoma to urge expedited approval of the southern part of the Keystone XL pipeline; Rep. Paul Ryan released the GOP's 2013 budget plan, which passed the Committee by one vote; a top aide to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney compared his campaign to an "Etch-A-Sketch"; and the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI have opened an investigation into the "facts and circumstances" surrounding the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin. David Corn of Mother Jones and MSNBC, Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News and Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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D.C. Mayor Calls For Campaign Finance Reform

Amid an ongoing investigation into his and other D.C. officials' campaign finances, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is calling for reforms to the way campaigns are funded.

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Maryland House Takes Up State Budget

The Maryland House will tackle the state's budget plan this week, and the debate over an income tax increase and other controversial proposals could spill over into the weekend.

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