There was a time when secretaries of state were seen as little more than functionaries. That view changed in 2000's Florida presidential election recount, which starred Katherine Harris. Now, secretaries of state are involved in implementing new state laws that have been making it either easier or harder for non-traditional voters to cast ballots — with decidedly partisan implications.
Doctors performed more in vitro fertilization procedures and delivered more IVF babies in 2012 than ever before, researchers reported Monday. The rate of multiple births has declined, however, as couples have chosen to use fewer embryos during IVF.
A soldier from the Wisconsin National Guard posted a photo of herself and other solders joking around. In another photo, she complains about it being too cold for a funeral. Social media have erupted with complaints about disrespect. The soldier's commanders have suspended her and are investigating.
Better fuel efficiency for such vehicles is a "win, win, win," the president said. It will help reduce dependency on foreign oil, save drivers' money and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Manufacturers, though, say the standards could make the vehicles more expensive and less safe.
Some consider former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a hero for releasing classified material to the media; others argue that he has irreparably harmed national security. Famed whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and a former CIA director face off in the latest Intelligence Squared debate.
A Florida jury declared a mistrial on the first degree murder charge against Michael Dunn. He shot a teenager during an argument over loud music, but Dunn claims he acted in self defense. Host Michel Martin talks with Corey Dade of The Root and Larry Hannan of The Florida Times-Union about reaction to the verdict and Florida's self defense laws.
Long-term unemployment can have a crushing impact on how much money people earn, even after they get a job. Host Michel Martin speaks with Sudeep Reddy of The Wall Street Journal about the limited options available to unemployed people.
American athletes are grabbing medals and stardom in Sochi. But parents also put in plenty of blood, sweat and tears, helping their children go for gold. For more on raising Olympic athletes, host Michel Martin speaks with two parents who have been there: Debbie Phelps and Calvin Hill.
Under the federal health law and 2006 regulations, insurers can't deny medical coverage for an individual's injuries because they resulted from a medical condition such as depression, even if it wasn't diagnosed before the injury.
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