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Advocates Warn Sequester Could Mean Big Cuts For The Low-Income

Those who serve low- and middle-income people warn that cuts required by the looming sequester will hurt programs that many Americans rely on, like meals for seniors, heating assistance and nutritional aid for expectant mothers. But supporters of the sequester say those fears are overblown.

Has The U.S. Outgrown The Voting Rights Act?

The Supreme Court is reviewing a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, originally designed to wring institutionalized discrimination from voting in the Old South. It follows an election season when the act was used to forestall proposed changes in several states.

Can U.S. Embassies Be Safe Without Being Unsightly?

Beauty vs. security. Some say the two can exist in the same space when it comes to America's embassies.

Supreme Court Makes It Harder To Challenge Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

The court blocked a suit contending the law is unconstitutional from going forward, saying the challengers had no legal standing because they had not shown with sufficient certainty that they had been monitored. That decision all but ensures there will be no further challenge to the law.

Most Republicans Who Signed Support For Same-Sex Marriage Aren't In Office

A large group of prominent Republicans signed on to an amicus brief that argues in favor of a constitutional right to marry for gay Americans. Only two of the politicians, however, are likely to face voters again. While the public at large has moved rapidly on the issue and now favors gay marriage, Republican voters do not.

Despite Its Flaws, There's Money In Measuring Consumer Confidence

Adam Davidson of the Planet Money team joins Audie Cornish to discuss one of the most widely-cited economic indicators: the Conference Board's monthly Consumer Confidence survey.