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Judicial Wars Flare As Senate Blocks Obama Nominee

Tuesday's vote seems to signal the end of a 2005 agreement to end the judicial wars in the Senate by barring filibusters except in extraordinary circumstances.
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D.C. Council Approves Ethics Bill

The D.C. Council, including the besieged Harry Thomas Jr., approved an ethics bill Tuesday that would restrict political spending and create an ethics board to oversee violators. The bill will get a final vote in two weeks.

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Barge Industry Wants Its Share Of Federal Backing

In 2008, the railroad industry launched an ad campaign to make its benefits known. Perhaps you've heard trains can move a ton of freight 500 miles on a single gallon of fuel. Now the barge industry is hopping on the public relations train, saying "we're like railroads but better." Both are transportation sectors that previously worked hard to stay out of the public eye. But the barge industry, in particular, depends on government funding for river infrastructure — some of which is operating on borrowed time. With locks beginning to fail and the prospect of river slowdowns, barge companies are banding together in a push for help from the government.
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Obama Attempts To Invoke Roosevelt's Famous Speech

President Obama was in Osawatomie, Kan., where he delivered an economic speech about the middle class. Osawatomie is the same city where, a century earlier, former President Teddy Roosevelt called for a "New Nationalism," in which he talked about the role of government. For more, Robert Siegel talks to NPR's Scott Horsley.
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Students Grossed Out By School Water Fountains

New California rules are meant to get school kids to drink fewer sugary drinks and more water. But many students don't want to drink out of public water fountains.
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Two Senators Release Bipartisan Payroll Tax Plan

A pair of senators — one Democrat and one Republican — release a payroll tax plan they believe can find bipartisan support. It pays for the tax cut with a tax on millionaires, but it exempts those millionaires who actually are small business owners who create jobs.
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For Unions, Democratic Convention Means Business

Unionized businesses in Charlotte, N.C., have traditionally had to keep a low profile in this right-to-work state. But with the Democratic National Convention headed to town in 2012, having union ties could now be something to flaunt — and cash in on.

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