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What Allen West And Abraham Lincoln Have In Common

U.S. Rep. Allen West came to Washington as part of the 2010 wave of Tea Party-backed candidates. He became known as aggressive and outspoken, but his tenure in Congress was short-lived. He recently conceded a close race for Florida's 18th District. West sits down with host Michel Martin to reflect on his term and his outlook for the future.
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Analysis: Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling Stays Out Of Governor's Race

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about this week's top stories, including whether or not Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling will run for Virginia governor as an independent.

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80 Years Of Federal Diary

In November 1932, The Washington Post launched a new column known as the Federal Diary. Kojo explores the colorful history of the publication.

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Bill Bolling Addresses Decision To Back Out Of Governor's Race

Despite stepping out of the race for Virginia's governor, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling says he still believes he would have been the best person to lead the state.


Today's Three Stories To Read About The 'Fiscal Cliff'

The White House and congressional leaders continue to talk about taxes, spending cuts and how to avoid an end-of-year deadline — when Bush-era tax cuts are set to expire and automatic spending cuts are set to go into effect.
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DCBOEE Plans Special Election To Fill Mendelson's Seat

It's finally official: Phil Mendelson was sworn in last night as D.C. Council Chairman, and that sets up a special election to fill his old seat.

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Van Hollen's Congressional Role Valued By Fellow Lawmakers

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen isn't formally a Democratic Party leader, but he's expected to play a key role on budget issues once again in the next Congress.


How Much Income Taxes Could Rise: A Breakdown Of The Options

As political leaders try to reach a deal to avoid automatic spending cuts and tax increases at the year's end, income tax rates are a major sticking point. President Obama wants to raise taxes for some; Republicans don't want any hikes. But if nothing is done, rates could go up across the board.

Federal 'Compassionate' Prison Release Rarely Given

Back in 1984, Congress gave authorities the power to let people out of federal prison early, in extraordinary circumstances, like if inmates were gravely ill or dying. But a new report says the Federal Bureau of Prisons blocks all but a few inmates from taking advantage of "compassionate release."