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CQ Roll Call: Congress Approves Highways, Judges; Gary Ackerman Retires

Congress rallies to pass highways bill and approve judges, but don't expect members to keep on making nice for long. Meanwhile, Gary Ackerman, longtime New York congressman, calls it quits. 

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Petition Calls On McDonnell To Veto Voter ID Bill

Opponents of the Virginia bill that would require voters to present identification at the polls have collected more than 6,000 signatures calling on Gov. Bob McDonnell to veto the bill, saying its intention is to disenfranchise certain voters.

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Budget Picture Rosier In Montgomery County, At Least For Now

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett released an ambitious budget for the next year that includes dozens of new positions and bonuses for county workers without raising taxes -- but things could change if Maryland foists teacher pension costs on counties.


For Appeal To Future, Romney's Rhetoric Looks Back

Although Mitt Romney's stump speech has changed with time, one idea has remained constant from the earliest campaign stops. Romney invariably tells voters that he wants to "restore" America.

Romney's Wins In Obama Country May Not Mean Much

Some observers think it could be bode well for Romney that he has done well in 2012 in some of the same metro area counties in Ohio and Michigan Obama won in 2008. But it's risky to read too much into that, a political science warns.
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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.