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Debt Ceiling Debate Returns To Capitol Hill

Last summer, Virginia almost lost its triple-A credit rating because of partisan sniping in Washington over raising the nation's debt ceiling. Now Republican leaders are drawing a line in the sand over that debate once again.

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Hey! You! The Unstoppable Rise Of Heckling

President Obama endures it. So does Mitt Romney. Comics make a living off it. And even a PGA golfer heard a chorus of taunts at a recent tournament. So what is it that makes heckling such a cultural institution?
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Warner And 'Gang Of Six' Craft Deficit Reduction Package

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) is holding out hope that he and a bipartisan group of lawmakers can craft a broad package to reduce the deficit.

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Democrats Confident In Regaining House

The region's Democrats are confident in their ability to retake the U.S. House after this year's elections.

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Under Summer Sun, Presidential Race Heats Up

Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Scott Horsley about the aggressive campaigning in recent weeks by both President Obama and Mitt Romney. Both men are focusing on jobs and the economy.
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Outside Money Making The Race A Rich Man's Game

Strategists, pollsters and billionaires are discovering that they can have a much bigger impact on the election through outside groups that can raise unlimited amounts of money. These political money men are already changing the way elections are won and lost.
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D.C. Mayor's Administration Mired In Scandal

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray was elected to office on a platform of anti-corruption. But just two years into his term, a federal investigation has left two former aides pleading guilty to misdeeds during the 2010 election. Gray has denied any wrongdoing. Host Guy Raz talks about D.C. politics with Washington Post reporter Nikita Stewart.
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Reading Between The Polls: What Voters Should Watch

Early polling can do much to shape political campaigns, but for voters who are just trying to follow the debate, polls and surveys can seem contradictory and confusing. Host Scott Simon talks with Michael Dimock of Pew Research Center and J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer and Company, about how to make sense of polling this election season.
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Harvard Diversity Stats Put Warren In Hot Seat Again

In Massachusetts, Democratic Senate candidate and Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren continues to be dogged by the question of her American Indian heritage. Friday, in the wake of a report from The Boston Globe, Republican Sen. Scott Brown accused Warren of misleading Harvard about her Native American ethnicity. From member station WBUR in Boston, Fred Thys reports.

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