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Just How Independent Are Independent Voters?

The number of Americans who call themselves independents is at a record high. But they're not the huge, impressionable bloc of swing voters you might think. Political scientists say most of these voters are what they call "closet partisans" — people who identify as independents but actually vote quite consistently for one of the two main parties.
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Justice Department's Handling Of Sen. Stevens Case To Be Aired On Capitol Hill

Special prosecutor Henry Schuelke, who earlier this month issued a blistering 500-page report about the Justice Department's actions, is due to testify.
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Cato Institute/Koch Brothers Showdown Has 20-Year-Old Roots

Billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch have poured millions of dollars into conservative causes. And then there's the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, which they're trying to take over. Many libertarians are furious. But the dispute goes back 20 years.
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Tuesday Political Grab Bag: Supreme Court Gets To Nub Of Health Care Issue

The Supreme Court moved to take on the heart of the debate over the new health-care law's constitutionality... President Obama used humor to downplay a candid remark about missile-defense that was caught on an open mic... The EPA was expected to issue new rules to limit greenhouse gases from new power plants.
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Koch Brothers Move To Control Cato Institute

Libertarians say it's like watching dear friends in an ugly divorce, as the billionaire Koch brothers try to take control of the highly regarded Cato Institute. The head of Cato says the Kochs are out to politicize the think tank.
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Jobs Act Could Expand Funding For Startups

Lawmakers in the House are expected to vote on a jobs act Tuesday. Part of the legislation would allow the public to make investments in start-up companies and small businesses. These companies could raise money online or through social networks. The bill would lift SEC regulations that restrict soliciting investors.
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Uninsured Will Still Need The Money To Meet The Mandate

While the Supreme Court considers the legality of requiring individuals to purchase health insurance, others are questioning the economics of the mandate. Some worry that, even with government subsidies, it may be difficult to find the funds to pay for health insurance.

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