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Change Comes To Saudi Arabia, In Slow Motion

After the Arab Spring, Saudi rulers still have a firm hand on the country and its oil wealth. But in a country known for its restrictions, many people here are speaking openly about the need for democratic change.
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JPMorgan Trade Revives Bank Regulation Debate

The head of JPMorgan Chase says the trading strategy that cost it $2 billion in a matter of weeks won't really affect the bank's bottom line. But the trade happened during a presidential campaign where the economy and Wall Street are major themes.
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Week In News: Looking Back At Other Civil Rights Battles

President Obama's change of position this past week on the subject of same-sex marriage has prompted news analyst James Fallows to think back to similar moments in civil rights history. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz speaks with Fallows about everything from FDR's facilitating Marian Anderson's performance at the Lincoln Memorial to LBJ's address to Congress after racial violence in Selma, Ala.
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Obama Campaign Explains Gay Marriage Comment

Vice President Joe Biden said he is "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples who marry getting the same civil rights and liberties as heterosexual couples. President Obama does not publicly support gay marriage.
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Week In News: Dissident Puts Kink In Economy Talks

The plight of Chinese dissident Chen Guangdeng has overshadowed the strategic and economic talks between the United States and China this week. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner traveled to Asia for this high-level annual summit, and found themselves answering questions about human rights in one of their biggest economic partners. James Fallows of The Atlantic writes frequently about China, and he talks to weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz about what was achieved in Beijing.
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ExxonMobil: A 'Private Empire' On The World Stage

In Private Empire, investigative journalist Steve Coll explains how ExxonMobil has used its money and power to wield significant influence in Washington, D.C., concerning issues like climate change.

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