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Don't Read Too Much Into His Comment About 2012 Race, Powell Says

"I'm always undecided in every election" until he knows who the candidates are, Powell tells NPR. That's why he said earlier this week that he doesn't yet know whether he'll vote for President Obama again.
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Md. Sen. Cardin Hopes To Influence Super Committee

Even though Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin isn't on the joint congressional committee charged with cutting the debt, he's hoping to have some influence on the process because of his position in Congress.

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Political Chat: Jobs Plan Scheduling Scuffle

President Obama recently asked for a joint session of Congress next Wednesday so he could discuss his jobs plan. House Speaker Boehner suggested next Thursday instead, and Obama agreed. Meanwhile, other GOP hopefuls are beginning to offer their own job plans. Host Michel Martin talks politics with author Michael Fauntroy and The Weekly Standard Opinions Editor Matthew Continetti.
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Beauty Shop: Cheney's Memoir, Beyonce's Baby Bump

Dick Cheney is coming out with not-so-flattering memories of Condoleezza Rice. Jay-Z and Beyonce are expecting a baby. The U.S. Surgeon General is voicing concern about women who skip exercise to maintain their hairdos. Mayor Bloomberg's language skills are getting attention on the Twitter feed "El Bloombito." Host Michel Martin and the Beauty Shop women discusses these headlines.

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Obama's Speech Will Need To Be Early (Or Short?) To Avoid NFL

The season's first game kicks off next Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET. The pre-game show starts at 7:30 p.m. ET. The president's due to address a joint session of Congress that evening.
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Va. Panel Looks To Streamline State Agencies and Programs

A panel in Virginia is studying ways to streamline state government. Last year, the group consolidated or abolished 49 boards and commissions. Now, the panel is looking at ways to restructure state agencies and programs.

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Disclosure Requirements Weak For D.C. Officials Involved With Nonprofits

The D.C. Council is promising to tackle ethics reform when it returns from recess next month. Among the changes are likely to be stricter reporting requirements for potential conflicts of interest.

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