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Shifting Cultural Norms, From "Duck Dynasty" To "Happy Holidays"

From anti-gay comments from the star of "Duck Dynasty" to a campaign to halt the "War on Christmas," we explore shifting cultural norms and the language of inclusiveness.

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Couples Urge Sotomayor To Deny Utah's Bid To Block Gay Marriage

The couples' response comes three days after Utah officials asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to block same-sex marriages in the state. Their filing with the Supreme Court calls the prospect of a delay "an intolerable and dehumanizing burden."
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Managing The Region's Deer Population

They may be pretty wildlife, but they can also be a Lyme disease-carrying nuisance and driving hazard. The region's deer population and how it's managed continues to be the subject of debate.

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Did Activism Cost Punter His NFL Job?

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says he was fired for speaking out about gay marriage rights — not poor performance. Is he right or just resentful? Host Michel Martin checks in with the barbershop guys for a fresh cut on that topic and other news.
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Iraq Fights To Quell Uprising By Al-Qaida-Linked Militias

Using airstrikes and ground troops, the Iraqi military is fighting to quell an armed uprising by al-Qaida-linked militias in the country's western Anbar province. David Greene talks to Will Dunlop, a reporter for the French press agency, for an update.
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Corruption Scandal Jeopardizes Turkey's Image Of Stability

A corruption investigation in Turkey has already forced three cabinet ministers to resign. Turkish media reports say the scandal reaches to the top of the government of Prime Minister Erdogan. He's denies wrongdoing, accusing his opponents and foreign governments of conspiring to bring him down.
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DOJ Expected To Defend Health Law's Contraceptive Mandate

The Justice Department will answer a challenge to a provision in the law requiring most employers that offer health insurance to include birth control at no cost. A group of Catholic nuns objects to the provision, and they won a temporary reprieve from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
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Egypt Targets Journalists In Crackdown On Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt's government has been cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist organization that backed recently deposed president Mohammed Morsi. Last week, the government designated the brotherhood as a terrorist organization. Now, Egypt's top prosecutor has ordered a 15-day detention for several journalists on suspicion of joining the brotherhood, including two producers and a correspondent for Al-Jazeera English, who are accused of "tarnishing Egypt's image abroad." For more on Egypt's beleaguered press freedoms, Audie Cornish talks with Sherif Mansour of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which found Egypt to be one of the top jailers of journalists in its most recent census.
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Colorado's Pot Law Fires Up This Week

Retail sales of recreational marijuana are now legal in Colorado. Host Michel Martin looks at the highs, and possible lows of the new law with Dana Coffield of The Denver Post, and The Sacramento Bee's Peter Hecht, author of Weed Land.
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The Future Of D.C.'s Relationship With The Horn Of Africa

Official Washington has strategic relationships in East Africa -- relationships built on economic and security interests. We explore how these personal and political relationships are evolving and how they shape the face of the Washington.

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