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Barbie Has Some Royal Competition In Nigeria

The Queens of Africa are based on Nigeria's three largest groups — Igbo, Yuruba and Hausa — and each has traits meant to empower the girls who play with them.
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State Of The Union Will Tout Progress, But Is The Economy Fixed?

The economy has improved greatly since President Obama took office on Jan. 20, 2009. But is his economic legacy impressive enough to justify taking a victory lap during his State of the Union address?
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Obama Proposes New Taxes On The Wealthy

As President Obama honors Martin Luther King J., he is also preparing for Tuesday's State of the Union speech. The White House has already revealed many of the proposals he will highlight.
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Larry Wilmore's 'Nightly Show' Brings A New Voice To Late Night TV

The former Daily Show correspondent becomes the only black man to host an entertainment show on late night TV. And he starts on an important occasion; the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
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Hawaii As 'Racial Paradise'? Bid For Obama Library Invokes A Complex Past

Professor Ellen Wu writes about how the mythology — and the history — of Hawaii as a multicultural melting pot may affect its chances of hosting the Obama Presidential Library.
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This Week In Politics: Security Issues Take Center Stage

Congress is expected to vote soon on funding for the Department of Homeland Security. In light of the terror attacks in Paris, proposed TSA cuts are not expected to be made.
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New Streaming Services Are Changing TV — And Viewers, Too

Streaming services like Netflix and the DISH Network's new Sling TV are helping consumers break free of cable subscriptions. That means TV shows must find new ways to connect with their viewers.
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Why I Asked Tina Fey About 'Charlie Hebdo' At The TV Critics Press Tour

At the TV Critics Association's press tour, journalists can struggle to connect news on the industry to real life. But NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says Tina Fey's words on satire and freedom resonated.
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'Charlie Hebdo' Laughed In The Face Of Violence; Will Future Satirists?

The French magazine responded to a 2011 firebombing of its offices with a cover that showed a Muslim and an editor making out. Its lead editor, described by a peer as fearless, was killed Wednesday.
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Previewing The New Year's Political Landscape

Republicans in the Senate are talking about raising gas taxes. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker suggested a gas tax hike some time ago, and this weekend another Republican said his party is open to the idea.

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