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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of dismantling federal welfare reform and creating a “culture of dependency.” The U.S. economy continued to send mixed signals. And victims of the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting were remembered at vigils across the United States. Ron Elving of NPR, Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post and John King of CNN join Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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The panel discussed why President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney have not discussed gun control following a shooting that left seven people dead at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin Sunday. Nia-Malika Henderson, national politics reporter for The Washington Post, said the U.S. doesn't have an appetite to curb gun use. She said a recent Quinnipiac University poll found 60 percent of Americans think stricter gun laws would have no effect on mass shootings. Ron Elving, Washington editor for NPR, talked about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's call for the presidential candidates to debate gun ownership. CNN anchor John King said every state has a different position on gun control. "What's frustrating in the political system is, like immigration, like taxes, we can't even have a conversation," King said.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

NPR

Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

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