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President Of Abortion Rights Group NARAL Will Step Down In January

The President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the nation's oldest abortion rights organization, will step down in January, the group said today.

In a statement, Nancy Keenan said she would focus her last eight months "on helping pro-choice candidates win elections."

But perhaps most interesting is what she told The Washington Post's Ezra Klein, who broke the news.

Keenan said that she's worried about the "intensity gap" in the younger, pro-choice generation. Basically, she said, they may not view abortion as a "crucial political issue," and they need younger leaders to correct that. Keenan said she wants to step down before she exacerbates the problem.

"There's an opportunity for a new and younger leader," Keenan told the Post. "Roe v. Wade is 40 in January. It's time for a new leader to come in and, basically, be the person for for the next 40 years of protecting reproductive choice."

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Is D.C. The Butt Of The Joke Or A Comedy Powerhouse?

Humor isn't often the subject of scientific inquiry, but the results of a new "humor algorithm" devised by the University of Colorado ranks D.C. among the funniest cities in the country.

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Bake Bread Like A Pioneer In Appalachia ... With No Yeast

Bacteria can make a bread rise and give it a cheesy flavor. That's the secret ingredient in salt rising bread, which dates to the late 1700s in Appalachia, when bakers didn't have yeast on hand.
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Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment

The president is on the first stop in an eight-day trip to Asia that also will see him visit Malaysia, the Philippines and South Korea.
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Weekly Innovation: An Inflatable Car Seat That Comes In A Backpack

Parents, you are going to want to read about this prototype from Volvo. It's fully inflatable and designed to make what's normally a clunky and heavy seat both lighter and more portable.

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