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Five Things To Know About Obama's Deficit Plan

The president will say his plan would pare $4 trillion more from federal deficits over the next decade. He's adding more than $3 trillion to the amount that lawmakers have already agreed to.
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Va. Elections: Financing Shows Tight State Races

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The most recent campaign finance reports submitted by candidates in Virginia show that certain seats in the state's General Assembly will be hotly contested in November's elections.

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Obama To Propose Revenue Increases To Fight Deficit

President Obama releases his plan to bring down the federal deficit on Monday. He will outline his plan to a congressional panel tasked with cutting more than $1 trillion in red ink.The proposal is expected to include new taxes, Medicare reductions and savings from troop withdrawals.
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Obama Pressured At Home To Do More For Israel

As President Obama prepares to address the U.N. General Assembly this week, he's facing political pressure at home to do more to shield Israel from criticism. Pro-Israel members of Congress are furious the administration hasn't prevented the Palestinians from going to the U.N. to seek membership as a state on land Israel captured in the 1967 war.
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Could Texas' Redistricting Leave Latinos Behind?

The state will pick up four new U.S. House seats next year, thanks to a soaring Latino population. But civil rights groups and the U.S. Justice Department are signaling they may have some concerns about the redistricting process. A court case could force the state to draw new boundaries.
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The Ed Koch Factor: How Will It Play In 2012?

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, is still an important voice for a number of Jewish voters. Just last week, his support helped a GOP candidate win a special election in New York. Now Koch is telling President Obama to listen up or risk losing the Jewish vote in 2012.
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Ethics On D.C. Council's Agenda

The D.C. Council is expected to tackle ethics reform when it returns from recess this week. But, the political pressure to act on the issue could complicate the reform effort.

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Moran Aims To Remove Debt Ceiling

Rep. Jim Moran is proposing legislation to eliminate the national debt ceiling, which he says causes the U.S. more harm than good.

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Obama's Re-Election: What Are The Odds?

With unemployment at 9.1 percent and the economy as the top issue of the 2012 presidential race, the president faces a tough fight for re-election. Still, he might find some encouragement in the history books. Host Audie Cornish chats with presidential historian Michael Beschloss about Obama's odds for re-election.

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