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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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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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Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

Twitter has struggled to attract new users. Its latest effort at rejuvenation is a new kind of timeline that predicts which older posts you might not want to miss and displays them on top.

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