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Poll Finds Sharp Partisan Divide on Islam-Violence Connection

-Bruce Drake

Republicans and those aligned with the tea party movement strongly believe that Islam encourages violence more than other religions, while liberal and moderate-to-conservative Democrats reject that view.

Veteran Sen. Dick Lugar Gets Challenge From the Right in Indiana

-Tom Diemer

Lugar, 78, has made it clear he will seek a seventh term -- and he's already raised $2.4 million for his campaign. But his GOP primary foe, state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, will likely have the support of the tea party.

House Cuts Deep Into Spending as Budget Battle Moves to Senate

-Tom Diemer

House Republicans trimmed nearly $61 billion from the 2011 budget, but the Democratic-run Senate will try to restore funding for some of the hardest hit programs.

Harvey Gantt to Shape Charlotte's Plan for Democratic National Convention in 2012

-Mary C. Curtis

Gantt served as mayor of Charlotte from 1983 to 1987 and twice ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate against Republican Jesse Helms.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx Juggles 2012 DNC -- and Everything Else

-Mary C. Curtis

Foxx has to handle routine issues like city water rates and taxi contracts still -- while at the same time leading the the charge in raising $40 million for the all-eyes-on-Charlotte convention.

Obama Super Bowl Bash Has Pols, Jennifer Lopez, but First a Pre-game O'Reilly Interview

-Lynn Sweet

Before the festivities, Obama will sit down for an interview with Bill O'Reilly, the conservative Fox News talk show host.

Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, 78, to Run Again Despite Tea Party Grumbles

-Tom Diemer

Lugar, a mainstream conservative, could face a GOP primary challenge from the right, but he won with 87 percent of the vote in 2006.

Rahm Emanuel Wins Round 3 of Chicago Mayor Residency Challenge

-Lynn Sweet

A Cook County, Ill., circuit court judge ruled that Rahm Emanuel met the residency requirements to run for mayor.

Atheists Demand Equal Time at New D.C. Mayor's Prayer Service

-David Gibson

The Secular Coalition for America wants a "humanist celebrant" included to "offer inspiration without religion."

Rahm Emanuel Wins Round 2 of Chicago Mayoral Residency Battle; Court Fight Expected

-Lynn Sweet

The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners ruled Thursday that Rahm Emanuel meets residency requirements to run for mayor. The main challenger vows to appeal.

Retiring Senator: Lawmakers Spend Up to 25 Percent of Time Raising Dough

-Tom Diemer

Sen. George Voinovich says the money chase takes valuable time away from family, friends and "most importantly, the job that people elected us to do."

Former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun: Looking for a Comeback With Chicago Mayoral Bid

-Lynn Sweet

The former U.S. Senator is back in the fray. One of 20 candidates, she is already trading jabs with front-runner Rahm Emanuel.

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