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Thousands Petition SEC To Disclose Corporate Political Spending

Nearly 500,000 people have petitioned the Securities and Exchange Commission to make publicly-traded corporations disclose their political spending. The question is: How much clout do 500,000 people actually have?
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New York Lawmakers To Confront Recent Spate Of Corruption

In the wake of two high profile corruption arrests this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing laws that are supposed to make it easier to catch corrupt politicians. Good government groups say it might also help to take some of the money out of politics in New York — and other states too.
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Spelling Bee Adds Vocabulary To Make Contest More Educational

Contestants in the National Spelling Bee will now be required to offer definitions for the words. Audie Cornish talks to sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about the change.
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Six Moments Of Code-Switching In Popular Culture

Popular culture and celebrities have shown us all sorts of motivations for code-switching. Here are some of the highlights.
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Immigration Isn't The First Cause Zuckerberg Has Liked

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced the launch of FWD.us, an organization promoting immigration and education reform. But he's been politically active before, dining with politicians and donating millions to public education.
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Venezuela Oil Diplomacy: From Caracas To Cuba

The late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez believed in sharing his country's oil wealth with his Latin American neighbors. But now, Venezuelans are electing a new leader, and there are questions about whether the new president will continue those policies. NPR's Tom Gjelten talks about the effects of Venezuela's oil diplomacy, from Cuba to Connecticut.
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Barbershop Guys Weigh In On 'Accidental Racist'

Country star Brad Paisley and rapper LL Cool J joined forces to drop a track called Accidental Racist. The Barbershop guys give their take on whether the song lives up to its name all too well.
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The Teenaged "Troublemaker" Fighting For Science

Zack Kopplin has been fighting to have the "Louisiana Science Education Act" overturned since it was first passed in 2008, and he was in high school. Critics of the SLEA say it's used to introduce creationism and other non-scientific theories into public school science class. Kopplin, now at Rice University discusses his continuing campaign against the act.
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Judge Rejects $20 Million Severance For American Airlines CEO

The judge says the severance would violate a federal code aimed at reining in large payouts to departing CEOs of bankrupt companies.

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