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Debate: Was Edward Snowden Justified?

Some consider former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a hero for releasing classified material to the media; others argue that he has irreparably harmed national security. Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and a former CIA director face off in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.
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Verdict In Florida's Loud Music Trial Causes Uproar Over Self Defense Laws

A Florida jury declared a mistrial on the first degree murder charge against Michael Dunn. He shot a teenager during an argument over loud music, but Dunn claims he acted in self defense. Host Michel Martin talks with Corey Dade of The Root and Larry Hannan of The Florida Times-Union about reaction to the verdict and Florida's self defense laws.
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Long-Term Unemployed End Up Earning Less After They Get A Job

Long-term unemployment can have a crushing impact on how much money people earn, even after they get a job. Host Michel Martin speaks with Sudeep Reddy of The Wall Street Journal about the limited options available to unemployed people.
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Bringing Up Olympians: Athletes' Parents Shed Their Own Blood, Sweat And Tears

American athletes are grabbing medals and stardom in Sochi. But parents also put in plenty of blood, sweat and tears, helping their children go for gold. For more on raising Olympic athletes, host Michel Martin speaks with two parents who have been there: Debbie Phelps and Calvin Hill.
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Chinese Firm Gets Approval To Buy Electric Carmaker Fisker

Wanxiang Group, China's largest auto parts company, won a bankruptcy auction last week for Fisker, which made plug-in, hybrid sports cars. Wanxiang's bid is valued at about $150 million.
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Despite Law, Health Plans Refuse Medical Claims Related To Suicide

Under the federal health law and 2006 regulations, insurers can't deny medical coverage for an individual's injuries because they resulted from a medical condition such as depression, even if it wasn't diagnosed before the injury.
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In Act Of Protest, Ai Weiwei Vase Is Destroyed At Miami Museum

The Miami New Times reports that local artist Maximo Caminero claimed he smashed the vase to protest the type of artists showcased at the newly opened Perez Art Museum Miami. He's been charged with criminal mischief. Ai, the Chinese artist and dissident, said the vandal's argument "doesn't make much sense."
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There's A Clown Shortage: Who Will Fill Those Big Shoes?

Coulrophobics may be happy. But fans of the red-nosed jesters have cause for concern. What if there's a call to send in the clowns and no one's there to answer?
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Before Northeast Thaws, Thundersnow Will Roll Through

Weeks of frigid temperatures and snowstorms will give way to warmer weather this week. But first, there's one more round of snow coming through. It's expected to be accompanied by thunder and lightning.
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Woman Arrested For Not Returning Movie Rental

A copy of Monster-In-Law, rented in 2005, is at the center of a story that landed a South Carolina woman in jail for a night. Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, ended up spending a night at the county jail before posting a $2,000 personal recognizance bond and being released.

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