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How I Learned To Feel Undesirable

When Noah Cho was young, he thought that couples would be like his parents — that Asian men would be paired with white women. But he writes that when he looks in the mirror and reflects on his own experiences, he feels "unattractive and undesirable."
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Analysis: Despite New GAO Ruling, D.C. Finds New Ally For Autonomy In Congress

The Government Accountability Office offered a stinging setback to the prospect of D.C. budget autonomy with a ruling last week, but in a surprise for autonomy advocates, a key Senate lawmaker signalled his support for the cause.

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New Jersey Bridge Scandal Captures National Political Stage

Governor Chris Christie's office has fired back at a former ally who is believed to have ordered unnecessary lane closures on the George Washington Bridge as political retribution. That ally alleged on Friday that "evidence exists" Christie knew about lane closures. For an update, Steve Inskeep talks to Cokie Roberts, who is heard on Morning Edition most Mondays, and Robert Costa, national political reporter for The Washington Post.
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Obama Showed A Deft Hand With Speech. Why Not With Congress?

ANALYSIS: The president was brisk and confident during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. He also managed to avoid a remarkable array of issues that could have proved problematic. But he hasn't been nearly as adept at the less-dramatic business of dealing with Congress and the media.
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Obama To Deliver State Of The Union Address Tuesday

As President Obama prepares to deliver his annual message, members of his team are making media appearances to talk about why they think the president will be able to accomplish more this year than last. But the president faces strong headwinds, according to public opinion polling.
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A Different Kind Of Catholicism Grows In Latino Communities

The "Charismatic" movement involves worshipping with exuberance, miraculous healings, prophesying and establishing a personal connection with God — and the number of converts is growing. According to a recent survey by NPR, about one-third of Latino Catholics in the U.S. identify as "Charismatic."
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Analysis: Bob McDonnell's Indictment A Fall From Grace For Former Governor

Before former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell became embroiled in the scandal for which he was recently indicted, his political future was as bright as could be. Alex Roarty with the National Journal and Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington break it down.

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English Only? For Mainland Puerto Ricans, The Answer Is Often 'Yes'

Puerto Ricans are less likely to speak Spanish at home, compared with other Latinos living in the U.S. According to an NPR poll, only 20 percent of Puerto Ricans speak Spanish at home — less than half the percentage for respondents overall.
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Obama Proposes NSA Changes, Signs Budget

President Obama over the weekend signed the 1,600-page spending bill to keep the government operating. The signing ceremony came after his speech on Friday, in which he outlined changes for the way the National Security Agency collects intelligence.
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N.J. Lawmakers To Subpoena Christie Aides In Bridge Scandal

The New Jersey state legislature on Monday is expected to issue subpoenas to former aides of Governor Chris Christie in the case surrounding the George Washington bridge road closures last fall. Will "Bridgegate" play a role in whether Christie runs for the Republican presidential nomination?

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