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Bloomberg Becomes Nanny-State Epitome For Some, Giving Obama A Breather

Mayor Mike Bloomberg's proposed ban on the sale of supersized sugary fountain drinks in his city made the mayor, at least for some, the epitome of Big Government excess, a place many critics, particularly conservatives, typically reserve for the Obama.
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Advocates Push For Improved Safety Standards In Transportation Bill

With the summer driving season upon us, highway safety advocates are calling for Congress to include improved safety standards into the transportation re-authorization being considered in the Senate.


Wal-Mart Pulls Out Of Group That Advocates 'Stand Your Ground' Laws

The giant retailer has joined the list of major corporations withdrawing their support from the conservative political organization, which advocates a type of law that came under intense focus after the Trayvon Martin killing became a national story.
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The Politics Hour

Guns, gambling and an Alabama Democrat turned Virginia Republican. Plus, D.C. Council Member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) and Prince George's Council Member William Campos (D) join Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.


What Tweets Do Politicians Delete? 'Politwoops' Can Tell You

The Sunlight Foundation has launched an effort to track and expose tweets that lawmakers and candidates had second thoughts about.
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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

The U.S. economy grew more slowly than expected in the first quarter. Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday with a win in the Texas primary. A jury found former Sen. John Edwards not guilty on one count against him and the judge declared a mistrial on the others. Major Garrett of National Journal, Susan Page of USA Today and Juan Williams of Fox News join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Lack Of Congressional Direction May Lead To Recession

The Congressional Budget Office says if lawmakers don't make some clear decisions soon, the U.S. may be headed toward another recession.


Black Voters Feel Targeted By Election Restrictions

New voter ID laws and other voting restrictions have been enacted in a number of states since the last major election. And that's raised special concerns among African Americans, who feel they're being targeted. Black church leaders and the Congressional Black Caucus met in Washington Wednesday to find ways African-American voters aren't discouraged from turning out in November.

World War II Vet Caught Up In Florida's Voter Purge Controversy

Brooklyn-born Bill Internicola, 91, says he was "flabbergasted" when he got a letter asking him to show proof he was a U.S. citizen or be removed from the voting rolls. Florida is targeting suspected noncitizens, saying it's trying to prevent fraudulent voting.