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Behind The Battles Over Voter ID Laws

A wave of states recently passed new laws requiring that citizens provide identification -- sometimes photo ID -- before they are allowed to vote. Advocates say the measures are necessary to combat voter fraud, but others say the new laws are the equivalent of "modern day poll taxes" that have the potential to disenfranchise millions of voters. We talk with civil rights experts about the measures, and with a Virginia lawmaker who has prosecuted voter fraud cases in the commonwealth.

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Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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WATCH: Republicans — Then And Now — Talking About Drug Addiction

In New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidates are using compassionate language when it comes to drug abuse. It's a marked change for a party that has advocated tough stances on the issue.
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A Skeptical Review Of CBS' Super Bowl Online Streaming Success

For the first time, CBS put the full Super Bowl, with ads, online and claimed record viewership. But StreamingMedia.com's Dan Rayburn says the decision to stream is getting too much hype.

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