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Texas Schools Grapple With Big Budget Cuts

State lawmakers slashed more than $4 billion this year from education, one of the largest cuts in the Texas history. More than 12,000 teachers and staff have been laid off. Some districts halted construction on much-needed new schools; others have parents pay for extra programs. And low-income students may fare the worst.
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Gingrich's Catholic Journey Began With Third Wife

Like many adult converts, Gingrich was drawn by the philosophical richness of the Roman Catholic Church. In 2010, Newt and Callista Gingrich produced a documentary about Pope John Paul II's historic trip to Poland. But for Gingrich, the turning point was Pope Benedict XVI's "joyful and radiating presence" on a visit to the US in 2008.
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Staying In Shape On The Campaign Trail: Romney Drops A Few Pointers

The former Massachusetts governor revealed a bit about his strategies for staying in shape on the campaign trail. Pizza sans cheese and a daily run.
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Maryland Landlord Gives Voice To Abortion Rights Supporters

Feeling harassed by the aggressive tactics of anti-abortion activists, the landlord of a Maryland abortion clinic fought back by starting an organization of his own.

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Occupy DC Keeps Message, Tweaks Tactics

While many had assumed the Occupy DC protests would have fizzled by now, some at the McPherson Square encampment are talking about escalating their tactics next year.

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Mass. Senate Race A Battle Over Who's More Populist

Republican Scott Brown won what he called the "people's seat" in 2010 by casting himself as the opposite of the Kennedy dynasty. Now, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a Wall Street watchdog, is raising Democrats' hopes they can win the seat back. So far, both campaigns are competing over who is the "real" populist.
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Hill Standoff Over Payroll Tax Cut Continues

With the House rejecting the Senate's extension of the payroll tax cut Tuesday, it is unclear if anything will be resolved between the two houses before the new year. Robert Siegel gets the view of the standoff from Capitol Hill from NPR's Tamara Keith.

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