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Stay-At-Home Workers Defend Choice After Yahoo Ban

Yahoo's telecommuting ban may be just what that company needs in a time of crisis. But some stay-at-home workers resent the implication that they are slacking off when the boss can't see them. Should society resurrect all the barriers between work and home?
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Administration Asks Supreme Court To End Calif. Gay-Marriage Ban

The case before the court tests the constitutionality of a California referendum, narrowly passed by voters in 2008, that reinstituted a ban on gay marriage. The U.S. is calling on the court to declare the California law unconstitutional, a violation of the principle of equal protection.
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Two For One: Groupon Replaces CEO Mason With Board Members

Groupon co-founder Andrew Mason has been fired as the daily-deal company's CEO, one day after Groupon posted financial results that showed it lost $67.4 million during 2012. Board chairmen Eric Lefkofsky and Ted Leonsis will jointly fill the CEO post on an interim basis.
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After Tough 2012, Conservative Koch Brothers Regroup

Conservative groups backed by wealthy industrialists David and Charles Koch spent millions but fared badly in the 2012 elections. Now they're assessing how they can get more for their money in 2014 and beyond.
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Obama Administration To File Brief Urging Supreme Court To Strike Down Prop. 8

The Obama administration is set to file a friend-of-the-court brief Thursday urging the Supreme Court to overturn California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage. Nina Totenberg talks to Audie Cornish.
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Justice Department Warns Of 'Pain' From Looming Cuts

The Obama administration warns that the situation looks ugly for the department under the sequester. But for now, the most alarming claims — that prosecutors will drop cases and criminals will walk free — seem to be just that: alarms.
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Outgoing Energy Secretary Could Be Remembered For More Than Solyndra

Outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu spoke this week at a government-funded expo for energy innovation. The failure of the Solyndra solar company has cast a shadow over Chu's tenure. But supporters say only with that kind of risk-taking can the government plant the seeds for future energy success stories.
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House Passes Expansion Of Violence Against Women Act

The House finally took up an extension to the Violence Against Women Act on Thursday. There were a number of roadblocks to what many saw as an uncontroversial bill.
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Budget Cuts Could Compromise Safety At Overcrowded Prisons

Corrections officers in the federal prison system are bracing for possible staffing cuts and furloughs triggered by the sequester. The cuts come at a time when studies show that inmate crowding and staff shortages in federal prisons are already posing challenges for guards trying to maintain order behind bars.

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