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Farm Bill: Direct Payments To Farmers May Dry Up In 2012

While many farmers and politicians acknowledge it's time to end direct payments to farmers, many argue that crop insurance payments are still needed to help them hedge their bets against the next big disaster.
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N.J. Gov. Christie Says No To Run For GOP Presidential Nomination

"I asked for this job," he said of being governor. "I fought hard to get this job. And my job here isn't done. It just never felt right for me to leave."
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Maryland Redistricting Plan Released

The draft of Maryland's Congressional redistricting plan could have negative consequences for Rep. Roscoe Bartlett.

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These Days, Everyone Dares Call It Treason

Treason is the only crime defined in the U.S. Constitution and is considered by many to be the worst of all crimes against society. So when one politician accuses another of treason, that should be a serious charge, right? Not so much, as it turns out.
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In Polls, Perry's Down And Cain Is Up; Meanwhile, Christie Really Not In?

The New Jersey governor is due at a 1 p.m. ET news conference. He's said before he wasn't ready to run for president. But speculation has continued.
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Obama Sends Trade Agreements To Congress

President Obama has sent to Congress long-delayed trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. The deals are hailed as a boon to job creation, but also feared as a threat to existing jobs.
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3rd Quarter Campaign Donations Off The Mark

The presidential campaigns don't have to file their third quarter disclosure reports with the Federal Election Commission until the end of next week. Numbers, however, are leaking out.
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Activists Press Obama To Renew Progressive Stand

Progressive activists played a big role in helping President Obama get elected. But in the years since, the big story of political activism has been the conservative Tea Party movement. Hoping to reverse that trend, 2,000 people registered for this week's "Take Back the American Dream Conference" in Washington, D.C.

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