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Voting Rights Act Before The Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case about the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Diane and guests discuss the key issues in the case and the future of the landmark civil rights law.


A User's Guide To Washington Jargon

If you can't tell what politicians in Washington are talking about, you're not alone. But eventually terms such as "sequester" and "reconciliation" can become less impenetrable, if only because of their constant repetition.
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Jim Graham Fights Back Against Reprimand From D.C. Council

Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham stands accused of violating the city council's code of conduct for a 2008 contracting deal — an accusation that Graham dismisses as a mischaracterization.


Obama To Urge Japan To Join Trans-Pacific Partnership

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meets with President Obama at the White House Friday for discussions that will focus on both security and economic issues. The U.S. is pushing Japan to join a regional trade pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but Japan wants the U.S. to agree to special conditions first.

The Political Perils Of Citing America's Peculiar Institution

Using American slavery to make a point about contemporary politics can be downright tricky business, as some public figures have recently learned firsthand.