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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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Obama Showcases His Energy Policy On 2-Day Tour

President Obama is on a multi-state tour to defend his administration's energy policies, answering charges by Republicans that he's responsible for rising gasoline prices.
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Obama's Health Care Law In Court: An Overview

The Supreme Court is getting ready to hear its biggest case in decades — or at least its longest. Next week, three days and six hours of hearings may determine whether President Obama's landmark health care law lives or dies.
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Gingrich: Some 'Brand New Players' Might Emerge At GOP Convention

The former House speaker also says there's no reason for him to exit the race for the Republican presidential nomination. He has doubts about whether Mitt Romney will have enough delegates to be the nominee before the party's August convention.

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