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Florida Election Tests Midterm Messaging

A closely contested House special election Tuesday is being viewed by the national parties and big-money interests as an early barometer for Obamacare.
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Maryland Transportation Bill Held Up Over War Reparations

State officials on Monday told a state House panel that if the legislation involving Holocaust reparations passes, it could jeopardize federal funding for a planned light rail project in the state.
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Fla. Lawmakers Turn Deaf Ear Toward 'Stand Your Ground' Protesters

This legislative session in Florida, one of the Republican authors of the "stand your ground" law is teaming with a Democratic leader on a bill to make some significant changes to the law.
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Holder Speaks Out On Snowden, Drone Policy, Softening Sentences

In an interview, Eric Holder says he's open to talking with Edward Snowden about terms of surrender. The attorney general is unhappy with the vote to block a nominee to a top Justice Department post.
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Gas Exports Debate Makes Better Domestic Politics Than Geopolitics

Not everyone agrees that more U.S. natural gas exports would be an effective lever against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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U.S. Attorney Pushes Forward In D.C. Shadow Campaign Probe

A prominent D.C. businessman on Monday admitted to financing an illegal shadow campaign to support Vincent Gray in the city's 2010 mayoral election. We explore the specific accusations made by the prosecutors in the case, and their implications for D.C.'s political system.

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Hedge Fund Turns To Lobbying To Back Up Its Billion-Dollar Bet

Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman first invested against Herbalife, then lobbied politicians to go after the company. Eric Lipton of The New York Times reported on the story, and he has more details.
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Governors' Races Offer Promise For Democrats

Republicans scored big gains in the states in 2010, but that's left them with few opportunities this fall. And there are several blue state GOP governors who are now in trouble.
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Political Rhetoric, From Energizing To Outrageous

The recent Conservative Political Action Conference featured a stream of political zingers. Two former presidential speechwriters weigh in on the rhetoric there and in other political news last week.
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D.C. Shadow Campaign Leader Charged In Federal Court

The man at the center of D.C.'s 2010 shadow campaign scandal was formally charged this morning in federal court. We get the latest update from WAMU 88.5's Patrick Madden and Politics Hour Analyst Tom Sherwood.

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