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Vive La Scandale! French Lawmakers Caught In The Act (Of Playing Scrabble)

This week, the French National Assembly has been debating a bill on same-sex marriage and gay adoption. But a small scandal erupted after several lawmakers, who support gay marriage, were spotted playing Scrabble on their iPads during the parliamentary debate.
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Week In Politics: Drones, Brennan's Confirmation Hearing

Audie Cornish talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the U.S. drone program, John Brennan's confirmation hearing, and President Obama's upcoming State of the Union address.
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Why Lebanese Love Their Raw Kibbeh

Kibbeh nayeh is a beloved Lebanese dish made with raw meat. A salmonella outbreak put kibbeh in the news last week — which is a shame, says writer Maureen Abood, because for many Lebanese, kibbeh nayeh means festival and family.
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It's The Dog Days For America's Sports Dynasties

We used to have three bona fide dynasties: the Yankees in baseball, the Celtics and Lakers in basketball, and the Cowboys in football. We even had dynasties in college sports. But no more. Commentator Frank Deford says our dynasties are melting as fast as the Arctic ice cap.
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Super Bowl Cheat Sheet: Key Phrases To Keep You In The Game

Put down that chicken wing and put in your two cents. Fake your way at least well into the third quarter, when everyone else at your party Sunday is well into their Bud Lights.

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History Sometimes Rewards Those Who Are Sidelined

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith will be on the sidelines of the Super Bowl this weekend, after suffering a concussion midway through the season. Now he's counseling teammate Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback who replaced him. "The good ones stay ready," he says.
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Week In Politics: Jobs Numbers, Hagel's Confirmation Hearing

Melissa Block talks to regular political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss new jobs numbers, Chuck Hagel's Senate confirmation hearing, immigration reform and the legacy of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.

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