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Tale Of The Tape: Ex-Governors Duke It Out In Va.

One of the highest-profile political matchups of the season is playing out in Virginia, where former governors with powerful friends and big-money backing are battling for an open U.S. Senate seat. The dead-heat matchup pits Democrat Tim Kaine, 54, against Republican George Allen, 60.
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GOP Defends Violence Against Women Act

Despite a White House threat to veto the bill, the VAWA passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Democrats say the House bill doesn't offer enough protection for victims of abuse. Republicans say objections are just election year politics. Host Michel Martin talks with GOP Rep. Sandy Adams from Florida and NPR's Ron Elving and Don Gonyea.
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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Facebook begins trading this morning in one of history’s largest initial public offerings. President Obama meets with congressional leaders to seek common ground on the looming debt ceiling battle; Facebook makes one of history's largest public offerings with a valuation larger than McDonald's and Kraft Foods; the FBI launches a criminal investigation into the $3 billion trading loss at JP Morgan Chase; and minorities surpass whites in U.S. births for the first time. Michael Scherer of TIME magazine, Laura Meckler of The Wall Street Journal and John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times join guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Romney's $40.1 Million Haul In April Nearly Matches Obama's

In the first month since he effectively wrapped up the GOP presidential nomination, Romney and his party raised almost as much money as the president and the Democratic Party.
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Norton Denied From Speaking At D.C. Abortion Hearing

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is haranguing House Republicans for denying her request to speak at a hearing on regulating abortions in the District. 

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White House Sandwiches Followed By Snark, Disappointment, Warnings

The descriptions of the White House lunch meeting from those on the opposing red and blue teams made it sound like yet another meeting featuring the nation's top policymakers that you could have accurately scripted beforehand.

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