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Federal Rail Safety Standards And Metro

Kojo chats with Maryland's senior member of the U.S. Senate about efforts to establish new safety standards for the Washington region's public transit system.

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Small Businesses And Retail Space

Most urbanites say they'd rather see more locally owned shops and fewer chain stores in their neighborhood. But the reality is that local businesses have trouble competing with national chains when it comes to leasing retail space.

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Kaine Parts With President On Tax Plan

President Obama didn't expect to get support from many Republicans for his plan to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 per year, but criticism from Obama supporter Tim Kaine also came in this week. 

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Secrecy Surrounds Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Illness

Constituents and colleagues of Chicago Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. are calling for him to reveal more about his health problems and whereabouts. Two weeks ago, his office issued a statement saying Jackson had taken a leave of absence and was being treated for exhaustion. Now, Jackson's aides say his condition is more serious than previously thought.
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Romney Campaigns In Conservative Parts Of Colorado

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in Houston Wednesday to address a convention of the NAACP. On Tuesday, he was in Colorado, one of the most hotly contested swing states. Romney, who unexpectedly lost to Rick Santorum in the Colorado caucuses earlier this year, is working to shore up support among the GOP base
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Obama Tells Iowa Voters He'll Help The Middle Class

President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are hitting the campaign trail hard this week. On Tuesday, the president was campaigning in Iowa — the state that helped to launch his White House bid in 2008. He told supporters in Iowa he wants a second term in order to finish what he started.
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Episode 385: How Good Governments Go Bad

As citizens lose trust in their lawmakers, they jockey for special treatment — and often get it. That just compounds the problem, argues University of Chicago economist Luigi Zingales.
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Analysis: Federal Cuts Unlikely To Be Addressed Before November

The D.C. region is affected more than most by the $55 billion in automatic defense cuts set to take effect next year. Alex Bolton, senior staff writer for The Hill, doesn't see any solution emerging before the election.

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Obama, Romney Take Dueling Messages On Tour

President Obama traveled to Iowa Tuesday to talk about his renewed push to extend the Bush era tax cuts for families earning under a quarter million dollars a year. And Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney held a rare town hall meeting in Grand Junction, Colo. Melissa Block talks to Scott Horsley who is on the road with Mister Obama, and Don Gonyea who is traveling with Romney.
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Republican 'Crossroads' Group Eyes Health Care Law

Crossroads GPS, the social welfare group spending tens of millions of dollars attacking President Obama, held a forum on healthcare. It may be an attempt to show its interest in issues rather than just politics.

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