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Outside The Senate, DeMint Appears More Powerful Than Ever

Former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, now leading the Heritage Foundation, has been one of the most influential voices in the budget brinkmanship on Capitol Hill. "There's no question in my mind that I have more influence now on public policy than I did as an individual senator," he says.
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College Board 'Concerned' About Low SAT Scores

Roughly 6 in 10 college-bound high school students who took the SAT in 2013 performed poorly. The sponsor of the test wants to work with schools to help students do better, but some say the group is really concerned with trying to keep the test relevant.
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Student Loan Changes Squeeze Historically Black Colleges

Classrooms at some historically black colleges and universities around the country are emptier this semester. Stricter lending requirements for the federal Parent PLUS Loan that began in 2011 have dramatically cut federal lending to parents of HBCU undergrads. While some analysts welcome new limits to parent loans, administrators at HBCUs worry about increased financial pressure from drops in student enrollment.
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Big Pharma And Meth Cooks Agree: Keep Cold Meds Over The Counter

In 2006, Oregon successfully made pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient of meth, a prescription drug. Since then, Mother Jones' Jonah Engle reports, 24 states have tried to follow suit — and 23 have failed. Engle attributes those failures to pharmaceutical companies' massive lobbying efforts.
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What You Emailed Us About Using The 'ACC'

After we introduced a name for that annoying email practice of strategically cc-ing a manager to gain an upper hand, you responded with an avalanche of email. Here's a sample of your thoughts.
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MacArthur Fellow Crunches Data To Streamline Health Care

Dr. Jeffrey Brenner was awarded a MacArthur 'Genius' grant this week for improving health care in one of the poorest cities in America: Camden, New Jersey. Host Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Brenner about his experience, and the national health care debate.
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Are Somali-Americans More Likely To Be Radicalized?

Some experts in the U.S. say Somali-American young people are at greater risk of religious radicalization. Host Michel Martin speaks with homeland security advisor Mohamed Elibiary, and Mark Brunswick of Minnesota's Star Tribune about homegrown terrorism.
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What Parents Tell Their Kids About Race

Like so much of the advice that parents give to their children, conversations about race can be pretty instructive about the values parents hold most dear. And like so much other parental advice, kids are often keen to reject it outright or remix it for themselves.
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'Green Eggs And Ham': A Quick Political History

Sen. Ted Cruz isn't the first politician to lean on the classic children's story to advance his cause. Governors, lieutenant governors and even the president have held public readings.
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Montana Rapist Freed After Serving 30-Day Sentence

Stacey Dean Rambold was convicted for the 2007 rape of a 14-year-old girl who later killed herself. The sentence he was given, and the judge's comments about the victim, sparked outrage.

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