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Shrinking Community Grants Put Cities In A Crunch

Cities are struggling to figure out how to deal with a cut of about $1 billion over the past two years in federal community development block grants. Critics say a complicated funding formula has hit some cities especially hard, with cuts of more than 40 percent from last year.
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In Montana, A Senate Showdown And Clash Over Outsider Influence

On TV and radio in Big Sky Country, a battle is playing out that could help determine control of the U.S. Senate. It involves candidates and money, of course, but also the state's historic skepticism of outside interest groups.
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Virginia Voter ID Law Passes State Senate

A law requiring Virginia voters to show identification has passed the state senate. Some voting rights advocates say its a blatant attempt to disenfranchise voters, but others defend it as necessary to prevent fraud.

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After Review: Michigan's 15-15 Delegate Tie Becomes Romney 16, Santorum 14

The tussle over every last delegate in the GOP nomination battle could get ugly, if what happened in Michigan is any indicator. The Credentials Committee of the Michigan Republican Party apparently reversed course on a stated delegate selection formula, turning a delegate tie into a Mitt Romney win.
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Virginia Lawmakers Take Another Crack At Budget Compromise

After coming to a stand-still that could have left Virginia without a budget for the coming year, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are trying to thaw the budget process with some compromise.

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Area Senators Help Kill Contraception Amendment

An amendment that would have allowed employers to to decide whether or not to cover contraceptives based on their religious beliefs was killed in the Senate today, with the help of area lawmakers.

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How A Swing-State Upswing Could Alter The '12 Race

For the better part of a year, the GOP presidential hopefuls have staked their campaigns on the lousy economy under President Obama. Now, with the jobs picture in the swing states of the Midwest actually better than the national average, Republicans may have to recalibrate.
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Maryland Same-Sex Marriage Bill Signed Into Law

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state on Thursday, making Maryland the eighth state, including D.C., to do so.

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One Of Closest Senate Races May Be In Mont.

In Montana, Democratic senator Jon Tester is in a tight battle for reelection. His likely opponent is Congressman Denny Rehberg. And it's also likely that millions of dollars will be spent on the race, as Tester and Rehberg have failed to forge an agreement barring outside money.
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Kerry: Syrian Regime's 'Days Are Numbered'

Robert Siegel talks to Senator John Kerry, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, about what the U.S. or other foreign governments might do to prevent the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of Syrian civilians.

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