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Decision of Gay Rights in the District May Need to Go Through Congress

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Gay rights advocates took the first step to legalizing marriage in the District. But the decision may need to go through Congress.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton says opponents will have to overcome many legislative hurdles to stop the bill including passing a joint resolution disapproving of the measure. With Democrats controlling both Houses, and with the health care debate taking up everyone's time, the measure may not even come up.

Still, expect to hear familiar arguments from some conservatives. South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint says Congress deserves a say in the matter. "The Constitution has D.C. under federal control. That's not a states? right issue. It's under federal control, so it's an issue we need to deal with."

Utah freshman Jason Chaffetz, the top republican on the subcommittee overseeing the District, indicated conservatives like himself don't have the votes to block the legislation.

Peter Granitz reports...

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Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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