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Abortion Debate Likely To Heat Up In 2012

Dozens of abortion restrictions passed in the states during 2011 — nearly a record since the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. This year, anti-abortion groups say they'll focus on bills that would ban abortions at 20 weeks, limit insurance coverage and grant constitutional rights to embryos.
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New Housing Proposal May Help Millions Refinance

President Obama released a housing proposal Wednesday that aims to help more homeowners refinance their mortgages. The plan is the latest effort by the administration to help homeowners. It would allow those who are current on their mortgages to refinance at lower rates, even if they owe more than their home is worth. The administration says the effort could save millions of homeowners an average of $3,000. But past housing efforts have not lived up to billing, and this one faces its first obstacle on Capitol Hill.
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After Primary, Scorched Earth Remains In Fla.

There wasn't a Democratic primary contest running in parallel with the Republican race in Florida this year. The scorched-earth battle that ensued between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich may have an effect when the general election comes to Florida later this year. Did anyone benefit from the hard-fought primary contest — other than Florida's TV stations, which aired millions of dollars in ads?
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House GOP Still Furious Over Recess Appointments

Republicans signaled at a House Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday that they're still furious about President Obama's "unprecedented recess appointments" to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board. A look at the broader controversy surrounding recess appointments — and what it might mean for nominees for the rest of the president's term.
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Obama Hits Romney, GOP Congress On Housing (Without Naming Them)

Obama's remarks came just days before the Nevada caucuses in which Republican voters will state their preference for GOP presidential nominee. Nevada, of course, is a swing state. It also has among the highest foreclosure rates in the nation so the timing of Obama's announcement certainly could be interpreted as sending voters a message about where their self-interest lies.
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Virginia Tables Request To Reclassify Marijuana

A bill that would have formally called on the fed to reconsider marijuana's classification as a Schedule II drug has been tabled in Virginia's House.

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A Look Ahead To The Maine And Nevada Caucuses

Mitt Romney bounced back from his second place South Carolina finish and won the Florida GOP primary Tuesday. NPR's Ken Rudin discusses those results. Maine Public Broadcasting's Jay Field and the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Steve Sebelius preview the caucuses that begin Saturday in those states.

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