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Freddie Mac's Conflict Is 'Unsavory,' 'Shocking,' 'Stunning,' Key Senators Say

Two senators who have taken the lead on legislation aimed to help homeowners refinance are blunt about how concerned they are by the news NPR reported about Freddie Mac's "multibillion-dollar bets against American homeowners being able to refinance."
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O'Malley's State Address Focuses On Gas Tax

Governor Martin O'Malley delivered his State of the State address in Annapolis on Wednesday, formally calling on legislators to pass a gas tax to help fund transportation projects in Maryland.

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Remarks From Romney Spark Controversy

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney sparked controversy Wednesday when he told CNN that he wasn't "concerned about the very poor." Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro, who's traveling with Romney in Nevada.
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Planned Parenthood Vs. Komen: Women's Health Giants Face Off Over Abortion

The split between the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a breast cancer charity, and Planned Parenthood appears to mark a new chapter in the ongoing abortion war.
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National Journal: O'Malley, McDonnell Eyeing National Stage

The governors of both Maryland and Virginia are looking to make a splash on the national political stage in the coming years.

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Congress May Back Ban On Its Own Insider Trading

Congress is looking more likely to pass a law restricting members' investments in firms about which they have inside information, thanks to a television report last year and President Obama's call during his State of the Union speech.
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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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