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Republican Rep Eric Cantor was one of the GOP operatives behind this week's push to cut public funding to National Public Radio (this Juan Williams drama still has legs) because that would be a "common sense" move to (continued).

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, on Wednesday. Similar but weaker legislation had failed two years ago in the face of opposition from President Bush. Before Wednesday's vote, Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx created a stir by taking issue with the bill's name, claiming Shepard's murder in 1998 didn't constitute a hate crime.

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