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D.C. Tests Out Polling Equipment Ahead Of Primary

With a Democratic primary on our doorstep, the District Board of Elections and Ethics is testing the equipment and software that will be used by area polling places.


Former Inmate Offers Advice For Blagojevich

Gov. Rod Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison sentence in a Colorado prison. Former Missouri state senator Jeff Smith served a year in federal prison on obstruction of justice charges. He offers sober advice to Blagojevich on what to expect, and what and what not to do behind bars.

NAACP Takes Case Against Voter ID Laws To UN

New state laws requiring voters to show identification before casting a ballot have been hotly debated during this election season. Now the civil rights group, the NAACP, is appealing to the United Nations Human Rights Council for support. Host Michel Martin talks with the group's Hillary Shelton.

The Religious Language In U.S. Foreign Policy

Historian Andrew Preston says questions in an undergraduate class he was teaching at the start of the 2003 invasion of Iraq spurred the research for his new book, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith. "Once I started looking for religion [in U.S. foreign policy], it was everywhere," he says.
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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Rising gas prices pushed consumer costs up in February but overall inflation remained mild; the Senate passed a two-year, $109 billion transportation and infrastructure bill on Wednesday, which now moves to the House; Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum won both Alabama and Mississippi primaries, prompting calls for Newt Gingrich to exit the race; and Federal Reserve "stress tests" on major banks showed all but a few would survive a major economic downturn. John King of CNN, Jackie Calmes of The New York Times and David Chalian of Yahoo News join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.


Thursday Political Grab Bag: Obama And UK's Cameron Showcase Unity

Obama hosted British Prime Minister Cameron... Santorum trails Romney in money as well as delegates... Romney is looking to swing states and districts to boost his claim on the nomination.

Obama's Unofficial Ambassador To The Middle Class — V.P. Biden — Hits Ohio

On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden will give the first in a series of campaign speeches designed to frame the debate for the November election. He's speaking in Ohio, where the Obama campaign notes that 120,000 people are directly employed by the auto industry.