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When Lobbyists Pay To Meet With Congressmen

"...the fundraiser has 35,000 bucks in checks sitting in her pocket right now. And we're going to talk about public policy while we take the checks."

Working Moms' Challenges: Paid Leave, Child Care

The past week's political firestorm has focused on stay-at-home moms. But more than 70 percent of women with young children now work. And they're hoping the presidential candidates address some of the challenges they face balancing a job with kids.

Ann Romney Takes Center Stage In Tug Of War For Female Voters

President Obama, like Democrats before him, has an advantage with female voters. GOP rival Mitt Romney is trying to close that gender gap by using his most powerful and popular surrogate: his wife.
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Virginia Approves Changes To State Pension System

Lawmakers in the Virginia House and Senate approved changes to the Virginia Retirement System that would require state employees to start contributing to their pensions.


In A Closed Ohio Factory, Romney Reminds Voters, 'It's Still Empty'

GOP front-runner Mitt Romney is matching President Obama's appearance in the key swing state of Ohio while intensifying his rhetoric, attacking the president's record on the economy. And for the second day in a row, Romney is using his location on the campaign trail to convey a message.

U.S. Wallet Closed As IMF Seeks To Build Crisis Fund

At a news conference kicking off the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said she wants to secure at least $400 billion for a special crisis fund for Europe. Thus far, the U.S. has chosen not to contribute.

Conservative Group's Charity Status Draws Questions

The American Legislative Exchange Council is the group behind voter ID and "stand your ground" laws adopted around the country. But it's a charity under the tax code — and its donors get a tax write-off for their contributions. ALEC says it does no lobbying, but its critics are pushing back.

Romney, Obama Give Dueling Speeches In Ohio

Mitt Romney spoke at a shuttered factory in Lorain County, Ohio, Thursday. He was giving a response to President Obama, who spoke in the same county a day before. Romney blamed the president for failing to turn around the economy and re-open the factory. Ari Shapiro tells Melissa Block Ohio is once again expected to be a battleground state.