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Constituents Push Delegates On Gay-Marriage Bill

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Prince George's County Del. Tiffany Alston believes the word "marriage" may be the stumbling block that's preventing the bill from moving forward, so she's working on an amendment to the measure, which she co-sponsored.

"I think that if we wanted to issue a license to everybody and call it something like a 'civil union license' and then everybody in the state whether hetersexual or homosexual would get exactly the same license," she says.

Republicans on the committee, who oppose the bill, say they have no plans to walk out of the hearing to prevent a vote, and the time is on their side Del. Donald Dwyer represents Anne Arundel County.

"The longer there's a delay, the more opportunity we have to continue to work the public," he says.

If a vote does come Thursday, it's not going to happen until late in the evening -- and until the Democrats feel they have enough votes to pass the measure.

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In Its Retelling, 'Roots' Is Powerful, Must-See Television

This weekend, an eight-hour remake of the 1977 miniseries begins airing on A&E, Lifetime and The History Channel. TV critic David Bianculli says the new Roots deserves to be seen and talked about.
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Evaporated Cane Juice? Puh-leeze. Just Call It Sugar, FDA Says

Companies cultivating a healthful image often list "evaporated cane juice" in their products' ingredients. But the FDA says it's really just sugar, and that's what food labels should call it.
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Democrats Burned By Charges Of A Rigged Nomination, But Some In GOP Watch With Envy

Even some of Hillary Clinton's foremost fans and staunchest party regulars — such as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi — are ready to talk about a fresh infusion of populism for the next round.
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Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

The New York Times says entrepreneur Peter Thiel confirms he has been bankrolling the ex-wrestler's lawsuit. Gawker is appealing a jury award to Hogan of $140 million over publication of a sex tape.

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