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A Younger, Wealthier Capital City Turns A Political Page

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 4:13pm

Democrats in Washington, D.C., rejected scandal-plagued Mayor Vincent Gray's re-election bid, turning instead to a challenger three decades his junior and with appeal to the rapidly gentrifying city.

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Dogged By Scandal, DC Incumbent Goes Down In Primary

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:03pm

The incumbent mayor of the nation's capital will not be re-elected. A federal investigation into Vincent Gray's 2010 campaign, along with allegations lodged just weeks before the election, helped propel his closest opponent to a surprise double-digit victory in the Democratic primary.

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Drawing On Family History, Julian Castro Hopes To Paint Texas Blue

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:03pm

The story of the changing demographics in Texas can, in many ways, be told through the family history of Julian Castro, the mayor of San Antonio. Mayor Castro discusses his story, as well as what Texas' expanding Hispanic population means for the state's political future.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Pillar Of Campaign Finance Limits

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:03pm

A divided Supreme Court eliminated the overall limits on a donor's contributions to federal candidates and campaigns, while leaving in place the limit on what a donor may give to one candidate.

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High Court's Campaign Finance Ruling Has Critics Dismayed

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:03pm

Adam Lioz, of the public policy organization Demos, says that Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling will further empower a small, elite group of political donors. He offers a critical perspective on the ruling.

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Congress Vs. CIA: The Struggle Over Transparency Nears A Flashpoint

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:03pm

A Senate committee vote expected this week marks the latest chapter in a bitter power struggle between Congress and the CIA over detention and interrogation practices.

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Cycling's Catching On In Texas, For A Very Texas Reason

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:03pm

Texans overwhelmingly choose cars and trucks for their commutes, but in cities like Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, policy leaders have incentives to support cycling. They say it's good for business.

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The Senate Versus The CIA: A Struggle At Flashpoint

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 1:23pm

A Senate committee vote, expected this week, marks the latest chapter in a bitter power struggle between Congress and the CIA over detention and interrogation practices.

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A State Fossil For S. Carolina Faces Mammoth Obstacle

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:14pm

The state senate is wrangling with amendments to insert language inspired by the book of Genesis into a bill to make the Columbian Mammoth the state's fossil.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 9:59am

In a 5-4 decision, the court's conservative justices joined to eliminate the aggregate cap on contributions, but left in place a limit on donations to individual candidates.

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