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Pondering A Presidential Run? Cruz Dines In Iowa

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz called for support during a keynote speech at the Iowa Republican Party's annual Reagan Dinner on Friday. That may be a tall order from the man whom many Republicans criticize for his starring role in this month's government shutdown.

Turning To Tribal Nations For Gay Marriage

Jason Pickel is about to marry his male partner in Oklahoma, a state that bans same-sex marriage. Pickel and his partner are getting married through the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe. Host Scott Simon talks to Pickel about their decision.

No Seat Belts Required: Drone Hobbyists Talk Safety

The hobby has grown rapidly over the last few years, as technology has gotten cheaper and the open source software has been smoothed out by many users. With such rapid growth comes the growing pains that any hobby tends to run into—when and how to address safety guidelines.

For Obamacare To Work, It's Not Just About The Numbers

Relatively few people have enrolled in new health insurance plans since the Affordable Care Act exchanges launched this month. But some health care experts say it's early days yet — and that getting the right proportion of healthy, young new enrollees is just as important as how quickly people sign up.

Pennsylvania Governor Talks Up Plan To Expand Medicaid His Way

After initially declining federal funding to expand Medicaid, Gov. Tom Corbett has changed course slightly. He is pursuing an approach for Pennsylvania that would make use of federal funds, but there are some caveats.

A School's iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism

Coachella Valley Unified, a predominantly low-income, agricultural school district in California, is giving every student an iPad. The initiative highlights the problems that districts across the country are facing as they attempt to bring personalized, digital learning to their schools.

Will Spying Tank U.S.-Europe Relationship?

Another day, another round of controversy about the NSA surveillance of foreign leaders. Will the White House have a response to the outrage voiced by Europeans and others?

'Ready For Hillary' SuperPAC Gains Backing From Soros

It may not officially have a candidate to back quite yet, but Ready for Hillary has been revving up for months. On Thursday, it earned the support of billionaire investor George Soros, who joined the superPAC that's backing a Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016.

Why Engineers Want To Put B Vitamins In 3-D Printers

The chemicals used in some 3-D printers can be toxic to humans. So researchers are looking to use naturally occurring vitamin B2 instead. They have already been able to make intricate, microscopic structures with the vitamin-rich material.

Administration: A Month Needed To Fix Obamacare Enrollment Site

The administration official put in charge of fixing the site says it will be running "smoothly" by the end of November.