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Allen West: CBC Needs Conservatism, Civility

The Florida Congressman has been labeled as a rising star within the Republican Party. He speaks with Michel Martin about Obama's jobs plan; the role of his lone conservative voice in the mostly Democratic Congressional Black Caucus; why more blacks aren't making it to elite military teams; and the end of DADT.
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The GOP Primary Race: Four Lessons From Florida

A presidential debate Thursday night in the Sunshine State kicks off three days of GOP politicking. A new poll also sheds light on the field of candidates — and offers some hints about how issues like Social Security might play with Florida voters. The tossup state could again play a decisive role in the primaries.
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Google Chief Defends Company's Search Practices

Google critics accuse the company of playing favorites with its search results. Google executives have always denied this, but the accusations haven't gone away. Eric Schmidt, the company's chairman, was on Capitol Hill Wednesday to answer questions about the company's business practices.
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Infrastructure Funds Benefit More Than The Economy

A number of U.S. mayors have been in Washington this week for meetings at the White House and on Capitol Hill. Their message: We need help. Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett was in the group from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. And he was the sole Republican. Cornett talks to David Greene about the needs of cities amid the debate over federal budget cuts.
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Former GOP Front-Runner Romney Seeks Opening

The Republican presidential candidates debate again on Thursday night in Florida. And Mitt Romney is eager to find a way to knock Rick Perry off his perch as the new GOP leader. Romney's challenge: convincing Republican voters that backing Perry now will lead to defeat next November.
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The Fed's Latest Moves May Fall Flat, Experts Say

The Federal Reserve has announced a plan to drive long-term interest rates even lower. But with borrowers still too cautious to take on additional debt, will the move have a positive effect? Some experts say they're not holding their breath. "The Fed can only do so much," one analyst says.
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Congress May Balk At Higher Taxes On Investments

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Under President Reagan, capital gains were taxed at a higher rate than earned income. Since then, the situation has reversed, and unearned income, the province of the very rich, is taxed at a significantly lower rate than most workers' wages. Polls show the public supports changing this. Will Congress?
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Political Heat Is Nothing New For The Fed

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has been criticized recently by Republican presidential candidates who called for his firing and an audit of the central bank. Low opinions of the Fed come from a long history of criticism of its power and secrecy, extending back to Thomas Jefferson.

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