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D.C. Mayor Turns Focus To DNC In Statehood Fight

D.C.'s ongoing battle for statehood faced a setbacks this week as Republicans made their opposition to statehood part of the national platform. Now, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray will turn his attention to Democrats. 

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Analysis: How Choice Of Ryan For VP Plays In Virginia

National Journal Hotline's Reid Wilson talks about why Mitt Romney announced his vice president in Virginia, Gov. Bob McDonnell's political future, and how the choice of Paul Ryan will play in the commonewealth. 

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Democrats Enlist Universities For Voter Registration

Democrats are calling on colleges and universities to help them get out the vote by encouraging students to register, after the youth vote proved so vital in 2008.

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Obama Campaign To Hit Loudoun County

Virginia continues to be a darling of the 2012 campaign, as President Obama will return to the commonwealth Thursday night for an event in Leesburg, Va.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that the economy was weaker but took no new steps to help. The House and Senate remained at loggerheads over whether to extend the Bush-era tax cuts. Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney returned from a week-long overseas trip. And Chick-fil-A fans and critics took to the streets following anti-gay marriage comments by the company's president. Greg Ip of The Economist, Julie Hirshfeld Davis of Bloomberg News and Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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Part 3: In Presidential Race, Both Sides Woo Federal Workers

Federal workers are expected to play a big role in deciding swing state Virginia in November's elections. But while many assume Republican rhetoric about smaller government would sway them toward the left, it's not that simple.

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Part 2: D.C. Area Braces For Impacts Of Federal Budget Cuts

There's a new dirty word circulating in federal government and employee circles — "sequestration" — and it's a big word that could carry a lot of big impacts.

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GOP Senators Stop In Virginia To Decry Defense Cuts

Three Republican senators, including one rumored to be on the short list of potential Mitt Romney running mates, are railing against potential defense cuts in Virginia today.

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O'Malley Sets Up Political Action Committee

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has thrown down the gauntlet and started a PAC, a move expected to precede a campaign for the Democratic nod for president in 2016.

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Part 1: 'It's Complicated': The Federal Government And The D.C. Region

The D.C. area's many ties to the federal government make the local debate about federal spending particularly complicated — but residents in the region are willing to have that deeper discussion. 

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