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Political Scientist: Republicans Most Conservative They've Been In 100 Years

Keith Poole of the University of Georgia, with collaborator Howard Rosenthal of New York University, has spent decades charting the partisan ideological shifts and polarization in Congress from the 18th Century until now to get the view of how the political landscape has changed from 30,000 feet up. What they have found is that the Republican Party is the most conservative it has been a century.
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Who Has Upper-Hand In Battle For Women Voters?

Democrats accused Republicans of waging a "war against women" when reproductive issues took center stage in the GOP primaries. Now a recent gaffe from a Democratic operative is giving Republicans fresh ammunition. Host Michel Martin speaks with former speechwriter and columnist Mary Kate Cary, and Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Connie Schultz.
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Obamas And Bidens Release 2011 Tax Returns

The Obamas' effective tax rate was about 20 percent of their nearly $790,000 income. The Bidens' effective tax rate was about 23 percent of their nearly $380,000 income.
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Analysis: Maryland Fails To Pass Budget, Corey Stewart Running For Virginia Lt. Governor

Maryland's legislative session ended Monday, but lawmakers have yet to agree on a budget plan. Prince William Board of Supervisors' Chairman Corey Stewart is eyeing the Lieutenant Governor's seat.

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D.C. Building Heights Rule Could Be Relaxed

D.C.'s strict height limits for buildings could be relaxed if some city and Congressional leaders get their way.

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Alexandria Waterfront Plan On Hold After Board Rules For Opponents

Challengers to the Alexandria waterfront redevelopment plan won a hard-fought victory Thursday night when the city's Board of Zoning Appeals granted their challenge to the proposal. City leaders are planning an emergency response.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Three Secret Service employees will leave the agency amid the fallout from the Colombian prostitution sex scandal; American consumer spending was higher-than-expected in March, but existing home sales fell, raising fears about a stalling recovery; and the Environmental Protection Agency issued new air pollution rules for hydraulic fracturing. Ed Luce of the Financial Times, Laura Meckler of The Wall Street Journal, and Michael Scherer of TIME magazine join guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Voters Who Rejected Romney Now His Most Certain Votes

Now that he has the Republican presidential nomination all but sewn up, motivating the GOP's conservative base may be the least of Mitt Romney's worries.

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