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Disaster Aid Hangs In Balance Of House Dust-Up

What was once considered routine business on Capitol Hill seems to be getting tied up in partisan knots. House Speaker John Boehner is in a difficult position after a combination of Democrats and Tea Party Republicans voted down a measure to provide disaster relief and keep the government running.
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Obama Stresses Need For Infrastructure Repairs

To make the point that America's infrastructure is in need of repair and the federal government should do it, President Obama traveled to the Brent Spence Bridge. It runs over the Ohio River, and it connects House Speaker John Boehner's Ohio to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's Kentucky. Melissa Block talks to NPR's Ari Shapiro for more.
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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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