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Maryland Senator Defends Federal Spending On Prenatal Care

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In a draft budget House Republicans are calling for cutting maternity and children programs by more than $200 million, which Cardin opposes.

"Well I'm very concerned about the Republican game plan. I think their plan would be to decimate government," he says.

Maryland ranks 39th in the United States for its infant mortality rate. Cardin says addressing that problem will save money in the end.

"If we can get birth rates up, you not only...decrease infant mortality, we also provide healthier babies, which will have healthier lives, more productive lives and less costly lives," he says.

The spending battle is just beginning on Capitol Hill, as House Republicans and Senate Democrats will now have to work negotiate the final details of the nations budget.

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Lisa Lucas Takes The Reins At The National Book Foundation

Lucas is the third executive director in the history of the foundation, which runs the National Book Awards. Her priority? Inclusivity: "Everyone is either a reader or a potential reader," she says.
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The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

Ted Cruz doesn't like the law that requires the use of ethanol in gasoline. So what would happen if it was abolished? The surprising answer: not much, probably.
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The Latest on the Military, Political and Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Russia continues airstrikes in Syria. Secretary Kerry meets with world leaders in an attempt to resolve the country’s five-year civil war. A panel joins Diane to discuss the latest on the military, political and humanitarian crises facing Syria.

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Should India's Internet Be Free Of Charge, Or Free Of Control?

Facebook's free Internet service was banned in India on the basis of net neutrality this week. Internet providers, regulators say, should not be allowed "to shape the users' Internet experience."

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