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Buddy Roemer Eyes Presidency

He's been a congressman, a governor, the head of a bank and now he wants to be president. Buddy Roemer of Louisiana was running as a Republican. He's now seeking the nomination of Americans Elect: a new online platform for third-party candidates.
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9-Year-Old Boy Petitions Congress To Stop Horse Slaughter

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) was joined by a 9-year-old political activist at the capitol on Tuesday to call for a permenant ban on the slaughter of horses for consumption in the U.S.

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Think Tanks' Growing Role in Policy and Politics

A growing debate over the politicization of think tanks is pitting scholarly-oriented purists against politically-minded advocates. Kojo explores the role DC's many think tanks play in policy and politics.

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D.C. Budget Highlights: What’s Cut, What’s Not

Anticipating a shortfall in the budget next year, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has released a budget plan that includes a number of cuts and raising revenue through alcohol sales and traffic cameras.

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Boehner Eschews (For Now) GOP's Pile On Of Obama For Open-Mic Comment

One Republican who didn't seize on the chance to to jump on Obama for his open-mic remark to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev was Speaker John Boehner who rarely misses a chance to use Obama as a political foil, and vice versa.
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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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