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Obama's Record On Political Money One Of Ambivalence

Tuesday's State of the Union address marks the third anniversary of President Obama public criticism of the Supreme Court for its Citizens United ruling. It's also just over one year since he reversed course and embraced a superPAC for his own reelection. The Obama record on political money is one of ambivalence and flip-flops.
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The History Lessons Obama Hopes We'll Learn

Presidents use references to great events as a way of acknowledging that what unites Americans is not ethnicity or even language but ideas and a shared past. President Obama cited historical moments in his inaugural; look for similar touchstones at the State of the Union address.
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'The Street Parade Of Life:' Mardi Gras Rolls On Despite Rain Threat

In New Orleans today, one thing was made clear: Revelry doesn't stop for dark clouds. While the crowds were thinner than usual, many thought the weather was perfect for Fat Tuesday.
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Rosa Parks Statue, Capitol's First Of African-American Woman, To Be Dedicated

The late civil rights icon's statue will join those in the National Statuary Hall Collection. The dedication is set for Feb. 27.
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This App Uses The Power Of You To Report The Weather

A new smartphone app allows users to document falling precipitation in their location. The mPING app aims to help weather officials program radar to determine exactly what's falling near you. For example, is it hail or mixed rain?
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The Sticky Questions Surrounding Drones And Kill Lists

Scott Shane, a national security correspondent for The New York Times, speaks with Fresh Air's Terry Gross about the drone-related stories he has helped break, including the revelation that President Obama personally approves targeted strikes against suspected terrorists.
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'Heart Attack Grill' Greeter Dies After Heart Attack

The restaurant's slogan is "taste worth dying for!" Its menu includes "Flatliner Fries" and a burger that packs about 10,000 calories. John Alleman had been its "unofficial spokesman" for more than a year.
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Coast Guard Begins Probe Into Tall Ship's Fatal Sinking

The inquiry is aimed at finding out what went wrong and why the captain of the HMS Bounty chose to go to sea despite warnings about Hurricane Sandy.

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