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Mike Ross Proves You Can Teach a Blue Dog New Tricks

After 12 years in the House rep­res­ent­ing the 4th Dis­trict of Arkan­sas, Mike Ross is run­ning for gov­ernor, in hopes of prac­ti­cing polit­ics …

Justice Department tries to block Louisiana's school voucher program

The Justice Department is trying to stop a school vouchers program in Louisiana that attempts to help families send their children to independent schools instead of under-performing public schools.<p>The agency wants to stop the program, led by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal, in any school district that …

Jindal sees education as next civil rights battle

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Sunday that the civil rights struggle of the future will be improving the U.S. education system.<p>“The next great civil rights fight is really about making sure that every child has a great education," the Republican governor said. "Look at all of the disparity …

In Arkansas, The Senate Battle Is Already Brutal

If Republicans are going to retake the U.S. Senate in 2014, their path runs through Arkansas. The state's two-term Democratic senator, Mark Pryor, is often called the Senate's most vulnerable incumbent.<p>And, while the election is still 15 months away, it's already gone negative.<p>Pryor's campaign went …

Texas fights Department of Justice over voting rights laws

<i>Editor's Note: This report is part of a series at The Takeaway about voting around the country. Read and hear more at "The Uncertain Future of The Voting Rights Act."</i><p>The state of Texas prides itself on its independence, but the Obama administration is arguing that the federal government should have …

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India lower house of parliament passes cheap food plan

<b>India's lower house of parliament has passed a controversial Food Security Bill that aims to provide subsidised food to two-thirds of the population.</b><p>Under the plan, which still needs to be approved by the upper house, 800m poor people would receive 5kg (11lb) of cheap grain every month.<p>Its backers …

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