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School Closures Pit Race And Poverty Against Budgets

What was once a local issue is growing into a nationwide concern, as civil rights activists argue that school closings are disproportionately hurting minority communities. But cities are in a bind with budget shortfalls, and closing under-populated schools may offer a way to cut costs.
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At Age 3, Affordable Care Act Is No Less Controversial

Political divisiveness over the health care law is as strong as ever, and the American public has never been more confused. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says that may not be such a terrible thing.
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As Support For Gay Marriage Grows, An Opponent Looks Ahead

Maggie Gallagher is one of the nation's most public opponents of gay marriage. These days, she's thinking more about how to continue advocating for marriage between one man and one woman, even as society's views — and laws — are shifting rapidly.
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From Leadership Posts, Women Said To Be Changing Senate Tone

The 20 women in the U.S. Senate this year is the largest number in history. Female senators also now claim an unprecedented number of leadership positions. And several female senators interviewed say that is causing a change on Capitol Hill in the tone and process of legislating.
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Saturday Mail Delivery: Safe For Now?

There's disagreement in Washington, D.C., this week on whether the USPS has the freedom to end Saturday mail delivery in August, as planned. The passage of a bill funding the federal government through September re-ignited the debate.
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After Newtown Shooting, New Attention Focused On Armed School Officers

The Newtown, Conn., school shooting forced people to rethink lots of things about school safety and access to guns. It also raised questions about the role of armed school resource officers (SROs). What exactly do they do? Do they really make schools safer?
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FCC Chairman Had Trouble Pleasing Interest Groups, Industry

Julius Genachowski announced on Friday that he will step down as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He began his tenure with an ambitious National Broadband Plan and made broadband access for all Americans his most frequent talking point. But many say his actual accomplishments fall short of his stated goals.
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40 New York Counties Call For Repeal Of State's Tough New Gun Laws

Forty counties in upstate New York have passed resolutions condemning the state's tough new gun laws, passed quickly in the wake of Sandy Hook. Still, the law and its main architect, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, remain popular with voters, especially around New York City.

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