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Internet Blackout Puts Washington Online Piracy Fight In Limelight

SOPA and PIPA (no, they're not the Duchess of Cambridge's sisters) will be on the minds of a lot more people Wednesday because of the online protests by Wikipedia, Google and other popular websites over anti-piracy legislation under consideration by Congress.
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Calif. Gov. Brown's Speech To Outline More Cuts

California Gov. Jerry Brown gives his State of the State address Wednesday, and things aren't going well in the state financially speaking. Brown has already made huge cuts in government, and faces even more if voters do not back his tax increase ballot measure.
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Romney Says His Tax Burden Is About 15 Percent

In South Carolina Tuesday, Mitt Romney confirmed that he will release his tax returns but not until April. The subject came up in Monday night's GOP presidential debate. Romney also said his effective tax rate is around 15 percent.
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Websites Shut Down To Protest Anti-Piracy Bills

Wikipedia, Reddit and Boing Boing are among the popular websites that will be dark Wednesday to protest a pair of bills making their way through Congress. Hollywood studios say tougher rules are needed to protect their intellectual property from online piracy. But Silicon Valley companies say the bills would encourage censorship and harm innovation.
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South Carolina: Gingrich's Last Stand?

In South Carolina, the race to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney is hitting a fever pitch. The state's GOP primary is Saturday.
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O'Malley Wants Maryland's Counties To Help With Teacher Pensions

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing to shift some of the state's cost burden of teacher pensions to the county governments.

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Hate Politics, Love TV, Live In S.C.? Not Your Week

Republican candidates are actually spending less money on TV ads than they did four years ago. But outside groups have more than made up the difference. By one analysis, the average viewer in at least one South Carolina market will see political ads 182 times before Saturday's presidential primary.
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D.C. Job Training Funds Went To Firms In Legal Trouble

Some of D.C.'s job training dollars have been going to some questionable outside contractors, a look at city records shows. In other cases, it's difficult to find where the money went at all. 

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Secretaries Of State At Center Of Election Battles

The once sleepy role of secretary of state is rising in profile and controversy as the business of conducting elections has become more and more contentious over the past decade. From Maine to New Mexico, secretaries of state are making activism their trademark.

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