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Peter Schweizer: "Extortion"

Conventional wisdom holds that rich donors control Washington politicians. A government accountability expert argues it's the reverse. How legislators legally extort contributions from big donors.

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U.S. Bishops Face A Lawsuit Over Abortion Policies At Roman Catholic Hospitals

The ACLU is suing U.S. Catholic bishops over anti-abortion policies that it claims endanger women’s lives. Diane and her guest discuss the legal rights of pregnant women at Roman Catholic hospitals.

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'The Knockout Game': An Old Phenomenon With Fresh Branding

Every so often, there's a new name for the phenomenon of young people targeting others for random assaults. But what is the effect of calling this type of behavior a "game"?
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Israel Dreams Of A Future As An Oil Producer

The country began pumping natural gas from its first major offshore field earlier this year. There are also hopes that Israel may have significant oil reserves, though there are hurdles, both technical and political.
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Nevada Judge Rejects New Trial For Jailed O.J. Simpson

The judge said the fallen football great is not entitled to a new trial for his 2008 convictions for armed robbery and kidnapping. Simpson is serving a sentence of nine to 33 years in the crimes.
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Judge Suspends Sentencing Of Would-Be Bomber After NSA Revelations

The sentencing of a Somali-American man convicted of trying to bomb a holiday tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore., in 2010 is in limbo. The hold comes days after the Justice Department notified his lawyers that part of the case against him had been "derived from" secret NSA electronic surveillance.
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Still A Teenager, Freed Cartel Killer Will Leave Mexico For U.S.

Three years after the startling arrest of a 14-year-old for acting as a gang's assassin in Mexico, the boy, now 17, is reportedly heading to the United States, according to media and government reports. Edgar Jimenez, nicknamed El Ponchis — "The Cloak" — is a U.S. citizen who was born in San Diego.
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Meet The 'Arabs Got Talent' Star Who Doesn't Speak Arabic

A Massachusetts woman is getting a lot of attention in the Arab world where she's advanced to the final of Arabs Got Talent. Jennifer Grout can't speak Arabic, but she sings flawlessly in Arabic.
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Supreme Court Takes Challenge To Obamacare Contraceptive Rule

President Obama's Affordable Care Act will be back before the Supreme Court this spring. This time, the issue is whether for-profit corporations citing religious objections may refuse to provide contraceptive services in health insurance plans offered to employees.
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Is Easing Iran Sanctions The Right Move?

Much of the criticism of the interim nuclear deal reached with Iran Sunday has focused on the sanctions relief Iran will receive over the next six months if it follows through on restricting its nuclear program. Although the only irreversible relief being offered is a gradual release of $4.2 billion in frozen Iranian revenue, critics warn that the "architecture of the sanctions regime has been undermined." Analysts say all the important sanctions hampering Iran's economy remain in place, but the announcement of the deal itself is having a psychological impact on markets. Asian energy importers will be looking to benefit, as will Turkey and Dubai.

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