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Obama Tries To Rally Support For Gun Control Laws In Colorado

President Obama is scheduled to make remarks about guns in Denver on Wednesday. Colorado has stepped up on both background checks and limits on ammunition magazines, and Democrats there fear backlash next year.
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Amid Threats, N. Korea's Neighbors Rethink Defense Policies

As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatens nuclear strikes on South Korea, Japan and the U.S., there is a new determination across the region to adopt a tougher line. There's talk now in Japan and South Korea that they should have nuclear weapons of their own — a position the U.S. opposes.
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Second Chances In American Politics

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford won the GOP nomination for the state's first district congressional seat Tuesday. Sanford's return to politics comes four years after revelations of his extramarital affair in 2009. Sanford isn't the only disgraced politician to make a comeback.
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African Filmmaker Shows 'What It Feels Like To Have No Home'

New York's African Film Festival is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with the theme "Looking Back, Looking Forward." It is honoring the first generation of African filmmakers like Ousmane Sembene, and introducing a new wave of African directors. Host Michel Martin talks with festival founder Mahen Bonetti. They're joined by Frances Bodomo, who is showing her short film Boneshaker at the event.
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Lessons From A School Cheating Scandal, Two Decades Later

A local newspaper investigation in Atlanta uncovered widespread cheating in standardized testing, which school officials were indicted for last week. But almost 25 years ago, a doctor in West Virginia coal country uncovered a similar scandal after noticing that standardized test scores in his community were suspiciously high. Host Michel Martin speaks to Dr. John Cannell about his report back then, and other incidents he has been following since.
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Does Leaning In Actually Work For Women At The Starting Line?

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has been both criticized and praised for asking women to speak up and advocate for themselves in their careers. But what does her advice mean for younger career-minded women? Host Michel Martin gets some answers from Viviana Hurtado, of the Wise Latina Club; Pooja Sankar, the CEO of Piazza, a website for college students; and Harvard senior Kimberly Foster.
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White House Delays Part Of Health Care Law

The Obama administration has decided to delay for a year a key piece of the health law that will let small businesses provide a choice of health plans to their workers. It is the first admission that the task of rolling out the law is too complicated to accomplish in the time allowed.
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Cold Snap Delays Maryland Crabbing Season

The chill in the Chesapeake has left the water too cold for the crabs to come out of the mud. It turns out this is extending their lifespan — since it means watermen can't catch them.
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NRA Task Force Issues Plan For School Safety

Right after the school shootings in Newtown, Ct., last December, lots of people wondered: What more can we do as a nation to safeguard our children at school? To answer that question, the National Rifle Association appointed a task force. The result? A 225 page proposal that's likely to add fuel to the debate over guns and school safety.

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