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An Insider's Look Into The Secret Service

Reports that members of the secret service brought prostitutes to their Colombian hotel room have caused a firestorm. The incident has many asking if it's reflective of the agency's culture. Host Michel Martin speaks with former secret service agent Dan Emmett about the latest allegations and his new memoir Within Arm's Reach.

Alberto Gonzales: GOP Turns Off Latinos From Party

The DREAM Act calls for a path to citizenship for some undocumented students. In the past, Republicans have opposed versions of the bill, but some prominent figures like former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales say the GOP needs to find its own voice on the issue. He speaks with host Michel Martin.

In Swing States, Obama Campaign Begins Push For Another Latino-Vote Landslide

In 2008, Barack Obama captured two-thirds of the Hispanic vote, winning in crucial swing states with large Hispanic populations like Colorado, Nevada and Florida. Obama's re-election campaign is now targeting those same states with its first set of Spanish-language TV and radio ads.
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Virginia Assembly Eases Up On New Pension Rules

Local municipalities in Virginia will get somewhat of a reprieve from new pension rules for government workers; the General Assembly has accepted the governor's request to allow implemenation of those rules over five years. 


Romney, Obama Focus Attention On Ohio, N.C. Voters

The Democrats hold their national convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney traveled there Wednesday to deliver a prebuttal to President Obama's speech. Meanwhile, the president traveled to Ohio, another politically-important state, to deliver an address on the economy.

Why Lobbyists Dodge Calls From Congressmen

We imagine the lobbyist stalking the halls of Congress trying to use cash to influence important people. But often, the Congressman is stalking the lobbyist, asking for money.
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Virginia Budget Passes Without Silver Line Funding

Sen. Charles Colgan of Prince William County broke with Virginia Democrats today, lending his support to the $85 billion GOP budget plan, which conspicuously lacks $300 million in funding for the Silver Line.


Obama, Romney Use Opposing Versions Of 'Are You Better Off?'

While Mitt Romney's argument is that President Obama doesn't deserve a second term, Obama is essentially framing his "are you better off" case against Romney as the former Massachusetts governor representing a potential third term for President George W. Bush.