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In Choosing Leader, Virginia Democrats Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage

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There are divisions among Virginia Democrats over the governor's pick to lead the party — a mayor who's spoken out against same-sex marriage.

Last fall, Democrats swept all three statewide offices and took control of the state Senate. Then they celebrated a major legal victory when a judge declared Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Now, there's trouble in paradise.

"Nothing triggers intra-party disputes like victory," says Stephen Farnsworth, political science professor with the University of Mary Washington. "When you are a minority, it's much easier to stick together. When you can taste power, well then the fights begin."

Now a new fight has begun over Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe's pick to be the new chairman of the state Democratic party: Dwight Jones, mayor of Richmond. Back in 2012, he issued a statement opposing President Obama's support of same-sex unions.

University of Virginia Center for Politics analyst Geoff Skelley says that's causing a backlash in the party.

"It's strange, at least in the sense of messaging and the kind of message that Democrats have been sending," Skelley says. "For them to now do this is a little bit... it just seems counterproductive for what they are trying to do."

Members of the state central committee will have the final say over whether or not they'll select Jones to head the party.

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Colson Whitehead On The Importance Of Historical Fiction In Tumultuous Times

Kojo talks with author Colson Whitehead about his new novel "The Underground Railroad" and its resonance at this particular moment in history.

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'Cup Noodles' Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

Today instant ramen is consumed in at least 80 countries around the world and even considered popular currency in American prisons.
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Rating The United States On Child Care

A majority of parents in the U.S. work outside the home. That means about 12 million children across the country require care. A new report ranks states on cost, quality and availability of child care - and says nobody is getting it right.

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Tech Giants Team Up To Tackle The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.

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