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Florida Law Tightens Voting Rules, Angers Advocates

The new law reduces the time period groups have to turn in new voter registrations from 10 days to two. For forms turned in late, there are steep fines and other possible civil penalties. Critics say these changes violate the federal Voter Rights Act and unfairly target minorities.

Op-Ed: Obama 'Devastating' For Civil Liberties

Jonathan Turley argues in a recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that "the election of Barack Obama may stand as one of the single most devastating events in our history for civil liberties." He says President Obama has continued many of the most controversial Bush administration programs.
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CQ Roll Call: Obama's Jobs Bill Faces Senate, Maryland Redistricting Makes Members Nervous

President Obama's jobs bill faces the Senate on Tuesday, and Maryland's redistricting could end Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's 20-year political career.

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Freedom Plaza Protesters Not Budging

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Protesters continue to occupy Freedom Plaza in downtown D.C. Monday afternoon, in defiance of the 2 p.m. deadline set by U.S. Park Police.

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Criticism Plagues Super Committee

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)

With most of its meetings taking place in secret, the super committee is facing calls for more openness.


Opposition Remains As Key Vote On Jobs Bill Nears

The Senate holds a vote Tuesday on taking up President Obama's jobs legislation. But fierce Republican opposition both to the bill and how it's paid for leaves slim prospects of it going any further.

A Look At Iowa's First Majority Hispanic Town

Census figures show the Hispanic population in the largely white state of Iowa, while only 5 percent, has almost doubled since 2000. In tiny West Liberty, the mayor says half the local businesses are probably Hispanic-owned. The town's dual language program in schools is also attracting residents from nearby cities.
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National Air and Space Museum To Reopen

The National Air and Space Museum will reopen today after protesters tried to enter the building Saturday.


'Ten Letters': What Americans Tell Obama

The White House receives some 20,000 letters and emails a day, and occasionally citizens are surprised by a personal response to their missives. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow, who writes about this correspondence in his book Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President.

Values Voters Call The Tune For GOP Campaign

There's new controversy for Rick Perry this weekend, after supporter and evangelical leader Robert Jeffress called Mormonism a cult while speaking with reporters at the Values Voter Summit. Host Audie Cornish talks with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson about the latest 2012 presidential campaign news.