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Women Pass Marine Training, Clear First Hurdle To Combat Role

For the first time, three women were among the Marines who graduated Thursday from the two-month combat training course. The U.S. lifted the ban on women in combat earlier this year. Now, the Marines are conducting tests to see if women have what it takes to actually serve in the infantry.
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GOP Enraged After Filibuster Vote, But Does It Change Much?

Historian Gregory Koger says the Senate Democrats' vote for the "nuclear option" is a function of increasing frustration and that GOP retaliation may be largely limited to rhetoric rather than action.
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Alabama Pardons Scottsboro Boys In 1931 Rape Case

The state's parole board approved Thursday a posthumous pardon in the 1931 rape involving the three black men who were not pardoned in the infamous case. Nine black men were falsely accused of raping two white women on a train. All but one got the death penalty. Five convictions were overturned, and a sixth accused was pardoned before his death in 1976.
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Debate: Has The Right To Bear Arms Outlived Its Usefulness?

Some argue that if Americans were writing the Constitution over again in 2013, it wouldn't make sense to include the right to bear arms. A group of experts faces off over whether Americans' Second Amendment rights are outdated in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.
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Autistic Kids At Risk Of Wandering: How To Keep Them Safe

The case of a missing teenager in New York has sparked a national conversation about keeping autistic children safe. Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from the National Autism Association's Lori McIlwain.
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Walking The World: 7 Years And Counting

Paul Salopek is on a seven year trek, literally walking around the world - and he's posting photos, videos, and comments about his journey online. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Salopek, and education advisor Homa Tavangar, about the different things kids can learn by seeing the world through Paul's eyes.
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American Indian Leader Encouraged By White House Meeting

Native American leaders from across the country gathered at the White House recently for the fifth annual tribal summit. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Brian Cladoosby, the newly elected president of the National Congress of American Indians, about the top issues in Indian country.
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Kennedy Cousin Skakel Gets Bail As He Awaits New Murder Trial

A judge in Connecticut ordered that Michael Skakel remain in the state and wear a GPS tracking device. Prosecutors are appealing last month's ruling giving Skakel a new trial in the 1975 killing of his neighbor Martha Moxley.
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Senate Democrats Detonate 'Nuclear Option' To Curb Filibusters

The change makes it much harder for Republicans to filibuster many of President Obama's nominees.
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A Son's Death Reveals Chasms In Emergency Mental Health Care

Families seeking mental health care for a suicidal relative often face a labyrinth. First, they must obtain a legal commitment order, then they must find space on a hospital ward. State budget cuts have made it harder to get care during a mental health crisis.

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