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Justices Return To Affirmative Action In Higher Ed

The Supreme Court has twice in the past 35 years ruled that race may be one of many factors in determining college admissions, as long as there are no racial quotas. But in agreeing to revisit the issue, the justices are indicating a possible change in course. They hear oral arguments Wednesday.
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Romney Shows His Soft Side; President Tightens His Pitch

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney showed his softer side and President Obama got to his points more quickly in Tuesday appearances on the campaign trail. Romney was in Iowa; Obama, in Ohio.
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Restaurant Discounts For Gastric Bypass Patients May Send Mixed Messages

Weight loss surgeries are growing in popularity, but many patients still want to dine at restaurants after their procedure. Surgeons who perform the surgery distribute special cards that allow the patients to get smaller portions or discounted prices. But could this halt their weight loss?
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Young 'Nones' Set To Transform The Political Landscape

The number of atheists, agnostics and the religiously unaffiliated is on the rise, and they could eventually reshape the political landscape.
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Getting To Yes On Gay Marriage, One Voter At A Time

In November, Maine voters will decide on a ballot initiative that would legalize same-sex marriage. Canvassers are trying to drum up support for the initiative, though opponents say they are sure they have enough support to vote it down.
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Sesame Workshop To Obama Campaign: Leave Big Bird Out Of It

Sesame Workshop asked President Obama's campaign to take down an anti-Mitt Romney ad featuring Big Bird. Since the first presidential debate, Obama has used a remark Romney made about the Sesame Street character to mock Romney.
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Should You Hide Your Heritage?

Many parents raise kids who are loud and proud of their heritage. But some have a different approach. Writer Alina Adams is Jewish and her husband is African-American. She says that in some situations, her kids are better off hiding their race and religion. Adams speaks with host Michel Martin.
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What Another Look At Affirmative Action Will Mean

Affirmative action is back before the U.S. Supreme Court. On Wednesday, the justices hear arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. Abigail Fisher says she was denied admission to the school four years ago because she's white. Host Michel Martin discusses the upcoming arguments with Associated Press reporter Justin Pope.

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