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Is There Racial Bias In Clemency Decisions?

Nearly 20 years ago Clarence Aaron was sentenced to three life terms for his involvement in a drug deal. His request to have his sentence shortened was denied by the White House in 2008. Now a story by ProPublica's Dafna Linzer reports the Bush administration was not told key facts before deciding on it. Host Michel Martin speaks with Linzer.
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Neither John Edwards Nor His Mistress Testify At Corruption Trial

His attorneys also will not call Edwards' adult daughter to the stand. He's accused of using campaign funds to try to hide his affair and a daughter Rielle Hunter delivered.
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Little-Known Lawmaker Upsets GOP's Senate Plans In Nebraska

Republican voters in Nebraska defied the expectations of pundits and the intentions of outside groups, nominating a little-known rancher and state lawmaker to run for an open U.S. Senate seat. Deb Fischer, 61, will face a former governor and former senator, Democrat Bob Kerrey, in November.
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Bush Says 'I'm For Mitt Romney,' But He Likely Won't Play Role In Campaign

As an elevator's doors closed, former President George W. Bush confirmed the obvious. But Romney's campaign doesn't see Bush playing an important role in the 2012 campaign.
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Winning The White House (Rebroadcast)

Diane is joined by veteran presidential election observers Eleanor Clift and Samuel Popkin to discuss what it takes to win the White House.

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Senate Renews Export-Import Bank's Charter

Senators voted to renew the charter of the Export-Import Bank late Tuesday night, making it possible for the U.S. government to continue to insure goods in trade deals with foreign entities. 

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D.C. Council Finds Common Ground On Budget

The D.C. Council overcame its differences on next year's budget this week, tentatively approving a plan crafted by Council Chair Kwame Brown.

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Fischer, Kerrey Win Senate Primary In Nebraska

Nebraska state Senator Deb Fischer won the Republican nomination Tuesday to run for a U.S. Senate seat in November. She will face former Senator Bob Kerrey, a Democrat who represented the state from 1988-2000.
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Debt Ceiling Debate Is Revived In Washington

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned on Tuesday that the U.S. will likely hit its debt limit sometime before the end of the year. At the same event in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner promised that any increase in the nation's debt ceiling would have to be accompanied by corresponding budget reductions. .
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'Joe The Plumber' Race A 'Microcosm' Of 2012 Politics

The conservative known for his role in the 2008 presidential election is taking on a veteran Democrat in a new Ohio district. An analyst calls the race a microcosm of "the culture wars that are going on in the country right now." Most of the candidates' funding is coming from outside the state.

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