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* A plan to defund NSA phone spying was defeated.

* Rand Paul is touting his belief in "minority rights."

* Pelosi is appalled by Weiner and Filner.

* Weiner is falling as new details come out.

*And the FEC ruled for gay couples.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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