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Smoke Cleared, Texas Gun Owners Remain Wary

Texas was once the center of the movement to safeguard gun rights. Today, nearly every fight has been won in the state, and indeed around the country. While gun owners in East Texas celebrate and cherish their rights, they remain distrustful.
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Obama Has 8-Point Lead In Pew Poll; Big Advantage With Women, Blacks, Young

Obama's lead at this point in the race is "stronger than the last three winning presidential candidates," says Pew's president. Only Bill Clinton, running in both 1992 and 1996, had bigger leads in mid-September.
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Welfare Wasn't Always A Dirty Word In The Romney Family

Mitt Romney's mother, Lenore, once cited her husband's childhood on welfare as a reason Michigan voters should trust the car company executive to be their governor. It's worth taking a look at now that her presidential candidate son has gotten into trouble with his "47 percent" remark.
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What The Chicago Strike Taught Teachers Unions

The strike in Chicago, the nation's third-largest school district, raises questions about teachers unions nationwide. Jane Hannaway, vice president of the American Institutes for Research, and Andrew Rotherham, co-founder of Bellwether Education, explain how different teachers unions work.
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Chick-fil-A Welcome In Chicago, Alderman Says, After Renewed Pledge Of Respect

Statements issued by the company today are nearly identical to an earlier one it made. But a Chicago lawmaker says he has gotten the fast-food chain to state it is company policy not to discriminate against anyone because of sexual orientation.
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'Bleak' Picture For Minority Managers In Newsroom

A new study shows media has a lot of influence on attitudes about Latinos. But when it comes to who decides what Americans see on TV or news, the National Association of Black Journalists says minorities have a long way to go. Host Michel Martin speaks with NABJ's Bob Butler and Felix Sanchez of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts.
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House Democrats Offer Their Solution For Voter ID

Democratic members of the House introduced a bill yesterday that would allow voters without ID to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity at the polls. The new bill is the latest in the ongoing voter ID debate and host Michel Martin speaks with one of the bill's sponsors Congressman Rick Larsen about the proposal.
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Unique Obstacles For Asian Americans In Voting

There's been a lot of attention on how voter ID laws might affect minority groups like African-Americans and Latinos. But some observers say that Asian Americans may also be affected. Host Michel Martin discusses the potential impact with Glenn Magpantay of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

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