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White House: 'Ways To Resolve' Contraception Issue

GOP candidate Mitt Romney has joined those criticizing President Obama over a policy that would require most employers, including Catholic hospitals and universities, to include birth control in their employees' health insurance. The White House now says it will work to "allay" concerns.
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Calif. Decision Puts Marriage Politics In Spotlight

Tuesday's ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional could propel the issue of same-sex marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court. It could also make the composition of the high court into a potent election issue.
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In South Carolina, Dead-Voter Fraud Doesn't Quite Live Up To Fears

What initially looked to some like widespread voter fraud in South Carolina will likely turn out to be much more benign. A state official said that out of the first six names checked, five involved clerical or poll worker errors, such as someone marking the wrong voter's name in the poll book. The sixth case involved a man who had sent in an absentee ballot, and then died.
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Loudoun Co. School Board Expected to Vote on Budget

Facing a $36 million budget shortfall, Loudoun County's school board is considering some cost-cutting measures, such as bumping bus drivers and teachers assistants to part-time positions.

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Romney Campaign Preemptively Downplays MN, CO And MO Contests

Romney's campaign made available to the world a memo by political director Rich Beeson in which the aide rehearsed all the reasons why nothing that will happen Tuesday evening, indeed in the rest of February or March will stop his boss' inevitable March to the glittering prize of the nomination.
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D.C. Council Shoots Down Internet Gambling

The D.C. Council voted on Tuesday to repeal a provision legalizing internet gambling in the District, though another bill explicitly calling for gambling is reportedly in the works.

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Caucuses in Minn. And Colo., 'Beauty Contest' In Mo.

Minnesota and Colorado are holding caucuses Tuesday. And Missouri is holding a "beauty contest" primary, the outcome of which won't affect any of the state's GOP delegates. Host Audie Cornish talks with NPR's Don Gonyea about the contests.
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Caucus Counting Troubles Plague Primaries

Republican caucus vote counters seem to be having trouble this primary season. In Iowa, they said Romney won by eight votes, then revised that figure and said Santorum won. In Nevada, they couldn't count 2,000 votes for a day and a half, and then got into a fight about who could vote after sundown at a special caucus for Orthodox Jews.

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