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Hudson High Jinks: 2 States, 1 Port Authority, Lots Of Politics

The government agency at the heart of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal may be little-known outside of the Northeast. But the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey controls a pot of money bigger than the budget of some states.
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Post-9/11 Panel Criticizes NSA Phone Data Collection

An independent panel created after the 9/11 attacks says bulk collection of billions of American phone records violates the letter and the spirit of the law.
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Governors Gone Wild: A Recent History

Former Virginia GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was indicted Tuesday, is the latest in a long line of governors to face felony charges. In Illinois alone, three have ended up in prison since the 1980s.
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Analysis: What Is The Hobbs Act And How Does It Apply To The McDonnell Case?

Many of the 14 charges being brought against former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell fall under the federal Hobbs Act. GWU law professor Randall Eliason explains how the law applies in this case and how it has been used in the past.

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Virginia Democrats Consider 'Options' To Take Control Of State Senate

Virginia Democrats wield the tie-breaking vote in the state senate this year, but it's not quite enough to exercise control of the legislative body. Even so, Democratic lawmakers say they have "options," which should come to light in the coming days.

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Putting The Brake On Who Can See Your Car's Data Trail

Many cars can now track where we are, how fast we go and lots of other nuggets of information that can be accessed and mined. Some lawmakers and at least one car company say it's time to set some rules on driver privacy.
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Shorter Lines? For Elections Commission, It's Common Sense

President Obama last year appointed a commission to recommend ways that local election officials can shorten lines at the polls. On Wednesday, that commission is releasing its final report, offering suggestions on how to make improvements in the voting experience.
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Obama Launches Task Force To Combat Sexual Assault

At the White House on Wednesday, President Obama's Council on Women and Girls presented its report on sexual assault, calling it an epidemic especially on college campuses. The report claims that one in five women will experience a sexual assault in their lifetimes. Only 12 percent of victims actually report it, though.
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Was Wendy Davis Misleading In Her Political Bio?

Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has been called out for embellishing details in her political bio. The beauty shop ladies weigh in on that and other news. Guest host Celeste Headlee hears from Connie Schultz, DeBora Ricks, Bridget Johnson and Nicole Austin-Hillery.
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Idaho District Reflects Battle Over GOP's Soul

Morning Edition is reporting from Idaho, where money is pouring in to support a Republican member of Congress, who faces a primary fight from a Tea Party candidate. The Tea Party is making an aggressive play to pick up seats in the House next fall. The race in Idaho offers a glimpse at some of the dynamics driving the GOP's internal conflict, and insight into how voters feel about the federal government.

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