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Rep. Barney Frank Bids Congress Farewell

After three decades serving in Congress, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank has announced his retirement. The liberal Democrat will leave behind a legislative legacy that includes financial regulation and memorable sparring matches with both colleagues and constituents.
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Fewer Than Half Of Americans Believe U.S. Is Best

In 2002, nearly 60% of Americans believed the U.S. was exceptional among nations. But a recent Pew Research study finds fewer than half of Americans now believe their country is superior to others. The shift has many commentators wondering what's behind a general decline in optimism among Americans.
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In Gingrich, Romney May Face Toughest Foe Yet

Republican voters may have saved the best for last in terms of the latest obstacle they've placed between Mitt Romney and what was supposed to have been his inevitable march to the 2012 Republican presidential nomination — Newt Gingrich.
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Student Not Sorry For Critical Tweet Of Governor

Emma Sullivan recently sent a tweet criticizing Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. She refused to apologize, despite demands from her school and the governor's office. She and her mother speak with host Michel Martin about the line between manners and free speech. (Advisory: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.)
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National Journal: Which Markets Will Be Big Players For 2012 Campaign Ads?

Washington, D.C. is likely to rank high among the top media markets targeted for campaign ads during the 2012 race, according to National Journal Hotline's Reid Wilson.

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Mitt Romney Courts Florida's Latino Voters

In Florida four years ago, Mitt Romney failed to persuade Republicans that he should be the party's nominee for president. This year, he hopes not to let that happen again. Romney made two quick campaign stops in the state Tuesday, and he made a special effort to appeal to Latino voters.
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Barney Frank's Two Top Goals: Protecting Wall St. Reform, Social Spending

Rep. Barney Frank, the long-time liberal voice (and a fast-talking and brusque one at that) who has announced he won't be running for re-election, discussed with NPR's Guy Raz, co-host of All Things Considered, the items of unfinished business he plans attend to during his remaining year in Congress.
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GOP Governors Hedge Bets On Health Insurance Exchanges

Thirteen states are receiving $220 million in a new round of grants to help them set up health insurance marketplaces under the health overhaul law; nine of those states are headed by GOP governors. Seven of those governors are part of a multi-state lawsuit challenging the health law.
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The Hill: Filling The Hole Left By Barney Frank

After Barney Frank announced he will not seek reelection, Democrats are going through the complicated process of finding his successor in the House Finance Services Committee.

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