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For A Billionaire, $2M Gets You Superdonor Status

After winning the 1992 America's Cup race, Bill Koch — the brother of billionaire industrialists David and Charles — treated all 260-plus people on the team, plus their families, to a trip to Hawaii. Now, the lesser known Koch brother has entered the presidential derby big leagues with a $2 million donation to the superPAC supporting Mitt Romney.
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Obama Fires Back On Spending Accusations

President Obama has started hitting back at Republicans who accuse him of being the biggest-spending president in history, arguing that the increases in his budgets are the smallest in decades.
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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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