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Thursday Political Grab Bag: Obama And UK's Cameron Showcase Unity

In the wake of the alleged killing of Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he wants all NATO troops moved onto existing large bases and a faster handover of security responsibilities to his nation's forces. This dovetails with growing opinion in the U.S. that the withdrawal of American troops happen sooner than scheduled.

President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron showcased what appears to be a close working relationship during the British Conservative Party leader's visit to Washington Wednesday. It didn't go unnoticed that Cameron didn't meet with any of the Republican candidates and some have noted that Obama and Cameron share some political traits.

Despite all his recent success in the Republican primaries, not only does Rick Santorum significantly trail Mitt Romney in delegates for the Republican presidential nomination, he's also still well behind Romney in the daily money chase.

Romney is looking to the swing states and districts where he has generally outperformed his rivals to cement his claim on the GOP nomination.

Anyone who thinks the Republican presidential race has been too nasty won't be seeing relief anytime soon since the contest has devolved into a grinding state-by-state fight to keep Romney from reaching 1,144 delegates before the August convention.

In a surprising break with his party's ideology, a freshman Republican has authored a bill for a 2.5 percent millionaire's surtax.

Washington lobbyists are appealing to President Obama for a truce in an effort to stop his attacks on them and, more significantly, to shape the laws that govern how they operate.

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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.
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Eating Insects: The Argument For Adding Bugs To Our Diet

Some say eating insects could save the planet, as we face the potential for global food and protein shortages. It's a common practice in many parts of the world, but what would it take to make bugs more appetizing to the masses here in the U.S.? Does it even make sense to try? A look at the arguments for and against the practice known as entomophagy, and the cultural and environmental issues involved.

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A Federal Official Shakes Up Metro's Board

After another smoke incident and ongoing single tracking delays for fixes, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a shake-up of Metro's board.

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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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