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Also At The Supreme Court This Week: The Case Of The Sidewalk Snafu

After arguments on Arizona's show-me-your-papers law, it was more than a little odd that the Supreme Court police — for the first time anyone could recall — asked reporters to show their IDs to get into a roped-off area where TV cameras routinely set up. Here's an explanation of what happened.
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New Complications In U.S.- China Relations

Diane and guests explore political intrigue in China, in light of ongoing internal power struggles and the recent escape of a dissident. We take a look at new complications in U.S. – China relations ahead of high-level talks in Beijing.


Some Campaign Donors Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Isn't

Much of the attention on money in politics this election cycle has been focused on the new superPACs and their wealthy donors. But publicity-shy donors have an alternative: politically active nonprofit organizations, where they can give all they want without disclosing their identity.
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Perspectives On Foreign Policy - Madeleine Albright and Bruce Riedel (Rebroadcast)

A look back at America's role on the global stage since World War II and a look forward at how the U.S. can best use its position of power as it navigates conflicts and crises around the world.


Party Of Reagan? No, Party Of Falwell, Writer Says

Rev. Jerry Falwell was a typical kid, more interested in pranks than church or politics. But he went on to create some of the country's most important Christian fundamentalist institutions and leave an indelible mark on today's Republican party. Host Michel Martin speaks with Michael Sean Winters about his biography on Falwell, God's Right Hand.
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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

The U.S. economy showed slowed growth in the first quarter of the year. The supreme court held a hearing on Arizona’s controversial immigration law. Former speaker of the house, Newt Gingrich, said he’s quitting the GOP presidential...

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Senate, House Pass Bills Limiting Federal Conference Spending

Both the Senate and the House passed bills this week that would crack down on extravagant conferences thrown by federal agencies, after lawmakers throughout Congress have decried an $800,000 conference sponsored by the General Services Administration.

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Senate To Vote On D.C. Special Elections Bill

A bill that would give the District more flexibility in scheduling special elections is heading to the Senate.


Obama To Begin Campaigning In Earnest

President Obama will hold his first official re-election campaign rallies next week with back-to-back visits to the swing states of Ohio and Virginia. While these are the first official rallies, the president's campaign is well under way. He's just back from a tour of college campuses in three other battleground states.