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Conservatives On The Hunt For Mr. (Or Ms.) Right

At the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, about 600 die-hard Republicans were considering their options. Mitt Romney may be the presumed front-runner, but most activists mention his name as just one possibility. Conservatives continue to look for other options.
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Are Farm Subsidies At Risk?

With the supercommitee desperately seeking deficit reduction, it has alighted upon a sacred cow: farm subsidies. They're especially alluring considering that farmers are among the few economic groups doing well these days. But aggies — not to worry. What Congress might take away in $5 billion worth of direct payments, it's considering putting back in a new form of subsidy for crop insurance.
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Is Herman Cain In Trouble With Social Conservatives?

In an interview Wednesday night with CNN's Piers Morgan, GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain raised questions about his views on abortion and homosexuality.
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Cash-Strapped Cities File For Bankruptcy

Pennsylvania's capital, Harrisburg, has filed for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy. The filing is being contested in court. It's the sixth city to file for protection in 2011, and raises questions about whether Harrisburg can afford to continue to provide the expected level of services to residents.
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Republicans Face Pressure On Jobs Bill

Public workers are putting pressure on Republicans to pass President Obama's jobs bill, which includes $35 billion for emergency responders and other public safety services.

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Occupy Wall Street: From A Blog Post To A Movement

After more than a month, the cause that started with a protest in New York has gained momentum and spread around the world. That's quite a feat for what began in July as a blog post inspired by the Arab Spring.
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Romney Campaigns In Unfriendly Territory Of Iowa

The Republican presidential nominating season kicks off in the next couple of months. Iowa will hold its caucuses on Jan. 3. Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney has three events scheduled Thursday in the western part of state, which is not an area that has supported him.
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Tennessee Teachers Find It Hard To Make The Grade

Tennessee overhauled its teacher evaluation system last year to win a grant from the federal Race to the Top program, and now teachers say they are struggling to shine. But the state says that there's no way educators are performing at the top of their game when students are not.
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'Spirited' Primaries Could Aid GOP, Analysts Say

Tuesday night's brawl of a debate in Las Vegas erased any doubt that the fight for the Republican presidential nomination would get bitter. Some analysts say a drawn-out battle could toughen the eventual nominee, as it did in the 2008 Democratic contest.
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Maryland Redistricting Plan Signed Into Law

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley approved legislation Thursday that will shift the borders of the state's congressional districts in Democrats' favor.

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