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Illegal During Watergate, Unlimited Campaign Donations Now Fair Game

The 2012 presidential campaign is already being shaped by new rules for political money. That means corporate involvement in presidential politics on a scale not seen since the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, which ended Richard Nixon's presidency. The key difference: This time, it's legal.
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The Hill: Breaking The Super Commitee Gridlock

With Republicans looking like they may finally yield on tax revenue, The Hill's Alex Bolton weighs in on the new phase of super commitee negotiations.

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Environmental Innovations, Impacts At Occupy DC

Protecting the environment from destructive domestic policies is just one of many issues advocated at Occupy DC, but some activists are actually exercising their beliefs in creative, hands-on ways.

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Why Did Freddie Mac Pay Newt Gingrich $300,000?

The former House speaker says the troubled mortgage giant paid him the consultant fee in 2006 for his "advice as a historian" — and that he was not a lobbyist. Strictly speaking, that's right. But one expert says what Freddie really wanted was "political protection and cover."
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PG County Defers Ban On Slot Machines

The Prince George's County Council opted Tuesday to put off a decision on a bill that would have effectively banned slot machine casinos in the state, leaving the possibility open for the future, subject to a referendum.

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'Obamacare' Will Rank Among The Longest Supreme Court Arguments Ever

Since 1970, the court has limited oral arguments to 30 minutes per side. But there have been notable exceptions. Bush v. Gore lasted 90 minutes and two campaign finance cases clocked in at four hours each.
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D.C. Council Trying To Limit Secure Communities

The D.C. Council is considering a bill that would limit the District's involvement in the Secure Communities program by cutting in half the time they will detain immigrants brought in on minor offenses.

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Chu Discusses Solyndra Controversy

On Thursday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu will answer congressional questioning over the handling of a large federal loan guarantee made to the solar energy company Solyndra. The California-based company was to be the first of many American green technology innovators to receive support from the U.S. government. Two years later, Solyndra went belly-up. Melissa Block speaks with Chu about the scrutiny he is now facing over his support of the company.
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Cain Hesitates When Questioned On Libya

The Herman Cain campaign is on the defensive Tuesday following a video that shows the candidate grasping and stammering for an answer to a question about Libya. The video was recorded during an interview with editors and reporters of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Melissa Block talks with Craig Gilbert, the newspaper's Washington bureau chief, who was part of the interview.

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