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Rival Plans In Senate Aim To Change Military Rape Prosecutions

The Senate is debating rival plans on how to prosecute cases of sexual assault in the military. The problem is vast: 26,000 military sexual assaults last year, with only 3,000 reported and 300 going to trial. Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York have competing proposals for dealing with the issue.
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Obama Awards Medal Of Freedom To Bill Clinton, Others

President Obama bestowed the highest civilian award on an array of stars Monday. The 16 recipients of the Medal of Freedom — from former President Bill Clinton to country singer Loretta Lynn, from feminist Gloria Steinem and legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith to Judge Patricia Wald — assembled at the White House.
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Food Stamp Cuts Leave Rural Areas, And Their Grocers, Reeling

In communities grappling with high unemployment, grocery stores serve many customers who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to get by. Some stores are estimating that their sales might fall between 5 and 10 percent now that the government has reduced the benefits.
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Amid HealthCare.gov Troubles, Medicaid Enrollment's Been Brisk

Enrollment in private health insurance has been slow to grow since the health exchanges opened Oct. 1. But new enrollment in the Medicaid program has been brisk, including in states that are not expanding Medicaid under the health law.
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U.S., Afghanistan Reach Tentative Security Pact

The agreement involves a continuing role for U.S. troops beyond 2014 — to train, equip and assist Afghan forces.
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Can Congressman Trey Radel Survive A Drug Bust?

After pleading guilty to cocaine possession and admitting an addiction to alcohol, Florida Rep. Trey Radel's political future is unclear. Democrats are calling on the freshman Republican to resign his seat.
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Kids Are Less Fit Today Than You Were Back Then

Around the world, children are slowing down. Researchers have found that kids don't run as fast as they did in the 1970s. The finding suggests a potential uptick in future heart problems because running speed is a proxy for aerobic fitness and a measure of overall cardiovascular health.
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Obamacare Crashes President's Polls, Does It Matter?

Public disapproval of the Affordable Care Act has pushed President Obama to his lowest ratings yet, according to a new poll. But does it matter? And how will the Cheney sisters' disagreement over gay marriage play out in the polls? Host Michel Martin asks journalists Callie Crossley and Keli Goff.
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JFK And Civil Rights: It's Complicated

President John F. Kennedy's relationship with civil rights was far from simple. Host Michel Martin speaks with one of the last living leaders of the civil rights movement, Georgia Representative John Lewis, about his own relationship with President Kennedy. Stanford historian Clayborne Carson also joins the conversation.
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Soul Food For Thanksgiving: Mac And Cheese, 'Red Drink,' And More

Chitlins, black-eyed peas and sweet potato greens ... it's all soul food you might want to consider adding to your Thanksgiving table. Host Michel Martin hears about the history of soul food — and gets some recipes — from Adrian Miller, author of Soul Food: The Surprising Story of An American Cuisine One Plate At A Time.

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