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Researchers Question Obama's Motives For Brain Initiative

President Obama's announcement this week that he's launching a brain initiative generated widespread and enthusiastic media coverage. Researchers, however, are suggesting the initiative has more to do with politics and public relations than research.

Sequester Scorecard: A Month Later, Effects Still Up In Air

Automatic federal budget cuts that kicked in March 1 have had little initial impact in many parts of the government. In a few programs, however, the effect has been real and painful as the government has begun cutting $85 billion from its spending through the end of September.
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Medicare Cancer Patients Turned Away Under Sequester Cuts

Cancer clinics in the region say automatic budget cuts may force them to stop treating some Medicare patients.

Oregon Weighs Own Gun Measures After Mall Shooting, Newtown

The measures include a ban on guns in schools and criminal background checks for private gun sales. They follow a shooting at a crowded shopping mall in a Portland suburb just days before the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
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Charges Reduced For Man Who Trashed Virginia Voter Registrations

A man accused of throwing Virginia voter registration forms in the trash has had eight felony charges reduced to misdemeanors.

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David Stockman: "The Great Deformation" (Rebroadcast)

President Ronald Reagan’s former budget director on today’s economy. David Stockman on what he calls the corruption of capitalism in America.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Connecticut passes strict new gun laws. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells the Pentagon to brace for spending cuts. And the latest unemployment numbers are released. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Maryland House Passes Gun Control Bill

The Maryland House has voted to give the state one of the toughest gun control laws in the country, including an assault weapons ban, 10-bullet limit on magazines and a fingerprint requirement for handguns.

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Area Lawmakers Hope To Stave Off Credit Downgrade In Debt Ceiling Talks

Congress is once more divided on partisan lines approaching another debt ceiling limit this summer. While opinions differ on the solution, all agree another drawn out battle could hurt Maryland and Virginia.