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Does Equal Justice For All Include The Poor?

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced $6.7 million in grants to provide more legal defense services for the indigent. But will the money really help with what some critics call overworked, underpaid, and poorly trained public defenders? Host Michel Martin asks law professor Eve Primus and Jonathan Rapping of Gideon's Promise.

Ban The Box: Some Companies Stop Asking Job Applicants About Criminal History

Big box retailer Target said it will remove questions about prior arrests on its job applications, but many companies still ask. Host Michel Martin speaks with Madeline Neighly from the National Employment Law Project and Elizabeth Milito from the National Federation of Independent Businesses about the pros and cons of the practice.

Going On 'The Baby Chase' From Arizona To India

The new book "The Baby Chase" follows an Arizona couple all the way to India and back, in their quest to have a baby. Host Michel Martin is joined by author Leslie Morgan Steiner and Rhonda Wile, a nurse who hired two surrogates in India to have her children.

9 Elections To Watch

From the Eastern Seaboard to the Pacific Northwest, there's a colorful and compelling roster of political contests on Tuesday. Many of them have national implications, including a gubernatorial contest in New Jersey and a special congressional runoff in Alabama.

Insurance Cancellations: The Price Of Mending A Broken System?

The cancellations are making some people angry and many anxious. Opponents of the health law feel vindicated. They all cite the conflict between the cancellation notices and President Obama's repeated promise that people who like their existing health coverage could keep it.

Skydivers Who Survived Planes' Collision Vow To Jump Again

Nine skydivers aboard two small planes flying over Wisconsin had to bail out when the aircraft collided. So did one of the pilots. The other pilot was able to land his damaged single-engine aircraft. NBC's Today Show has photos and video from the accident.

Tuesday Political Mix: The Young Skip Obamacare, For Now

Young people aren't enrolling in Obamacare to the extent insurance companies need... Democrats focused on keeping the New Jersey state legislature, not beating Gov. Christie... New York City's Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio wants enough people to vote for him so he can claim a mandate.

Kirk's First Senate Speech Since Stroke Is For Gay Rights Bill

VIDEO: Watch the Republican senator from Illinois deliver his first remarks from the floor of the Senate since suffering a stroke nearly two years ago. He spoke up in favor of legislation that would ban discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

What Will Be The Message This Election Day?

The big news is expected to be from the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia. Other races to watch include mayoral contests in New York, Boston, Detroit and Minneapolis. Also, many states and localities have ballot initiatives — including whether the Astrodome should be torn down.

Pot And Beer On State Ballots This Election Day

Having legalized marijuana, Colorado votes whether to impose a 25 percent tax. Portland, Maine, will decide whether to legalize pot. And Hyde Park, Utah, voters will decide whether to allow beer sales.