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An Early Exit For Calif. Congressman

Congressman Dennis Cardoza, a Democrat from California, was retiring after this year. But why wait? A job with a big lobby-law firm was waiting, so the congressman resigned from Congress this week.
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Obama Camp's DOA Tax Offer To Romney Keeps Issue Alive

The Romney campaign quickly rejected the Obama campaign's call to release five years of tax returns. But the move keeps the GOP presidential candidate on the defensive.
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Analysis: Maryland Referenda and Virginia's GOP VP Fallout

Maryland's list of referenda are now floating at four, after the gaming bill passed, and as Washington Post columnist Bob McDonnell explains how the dynamics of Virginia politics have shifted after Ryan's VP nod.

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Has Romney Settled Debate Over Personal Taxes?

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Thursday that he's paid a rate of at least 13 percent in taxes over the past 10 years. But the Obama campaign again called on Romney to release more tax returns. Guest host Jacki Lyden discusses this and other political news with Univision's Fernando Vila and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Craig Gilbert.
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Charlotte Gears Up For The Democratic Convention

We preview what’s in store as Charlotte, N.C., prepares to host the Democratic convention and explore the political landscape in this battleground state.

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Ayn Rand And The 2012 Presidential Campaign

GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan credits author Ayn Rand for inspiring his political career. Rand’s influence on the conservative movement, and why Ryan is trying to distance himself from her philosophy.

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Understanding Hezbollah

The Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah has emerged as a major concern among U.S. security officials. Understanding the threat Hezbollah poses in the Middle East and the world.

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Federal Court Reinstates Early Voting Days In Parts Of Florida

A federal court has rejected part of Florida's new election law that would have restricted the number of early voting days. The ruling, affecting five counties, is a win for groups who say the new law was meant to suppress voter participation in areas with large minority populations.
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Obama, Romney Must Woo Seniors On Medicare Plans

For a week now, charges and counter charges have flown on the campaign trail about who would do what to Medicare. Did President Obama really cut $700 billion from the program? Does Republican challenger Mitt Romney really support a voucher system to replace the current program?

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