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Barney Frank Announces Retirement

Democratic Rep. Barney Frank announced Monday afternoon that he will not seek re-election next year. Among the strongest voices for liberals in Congress, Frank was co-author of the Dodd-Frank Act, the most stringent regulations on the banking industry since the Great Depression.
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Robocalls Trial Poised To Start

The jury selection in the case against an aide to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich, who's accused of using robocalls could begin later today.

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5 Things You May Not Know About Mitt Romney

The former Massachusetts governor has been a public figure for much of his life. But there are still some things about the presidential candidate that may surprise you.
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Violence, Fraud Fears In D. R. Congo Elections

After dictatorship and civil war, the Democratic Republic of Congo held presidential and parliamentary elections on Monday. Host Michel Martin speaks with DRC-based correspondent Jonny Hogg, and Arizona Senator John McCain's wife Cindy McCain, who is working to draw global attention to the polls and future of Africa's second largest country.
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CQ Roll Call: Funding Bill Ends Soon, GOP Split On Payroll Tax, Unemployment

An agreement for handling the soon-to-end stopgap measure is not looking great, and Republicans are split over extending pay roll tax breaks and unemployment benefits.

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Rep. Barney Frank Won't Be Running For Re-Election

The Massachusetts Democrat is in his 16th term. Back in February, he said he would be running again. Now, he says the new boundaries of his district would have required he spend too much time campaigning and not enough on key issues.
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Obama Office Alters More Federal Rules Than Bush

The obscure office responsible for authorizing the nation's health and safety regulations has been busy, according to a new study released Monday. The Center for Progressive Reform found that under President Obama, the office has changed 84 percent of environmental regulations and 65 percent of other agencies' regulations.
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Calif. High Speed Rail Isn't Quick To Take Off

The dream of high speed rail in California is running into tough realities. Cost estimates have more than doubled — to nearly $100 billion — since the project was approved by voters in 2008. The date of completion has been pushed back to 2030.

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