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When Should Politicians' Life Experience Determine Policy?

Republican Senator Rob Portman recently announced that, after years of opposition, he now supports same-sex marriage. He credits his own gay son with helping to change his mind. In her regular 'Can I Just Tell You' essay, host Michel Martin suggests politicians look out for all constituents' needs and rights, not just those inspired by family ties.
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Pediatricians Voice Support For Same-Sex Marriage And Adoption

For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics says it favors civil marriage for same-gender couples. The leading group of pediatricians in the U.S. also supports parents' full rights to adopt or provide foster care regardless of their sexual orientation.
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TSA Finds Sword Hidden In Cane At Dulles Airport

At Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., security agents said a woman put her cane in the scanner and there was a sword inside. The woman had no idea it was there.
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Spring May Have Sprung, But Most Gardens Are Still Slumbering

Spring has sprung, but in most parts of the country, just-picked vegetables are still months away. In northern Minnesota, growers are experimenting with solar soil-warming techniques to coax spring to appear earlier.
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CIA Drone Operations Could Be Handed To Pentagon

The Obama administration is considering shifting the armed drone program to the military to mollify critics who say it lacks accountability and transparency.
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Shareholders Re-Elect Hewlett-Packard Board Members

HP will celebrate its 75th birthday next year. The company was once a technology giant. But with old products, a lack of vision and a revolving door at the top, the company has been having trouble.
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Colo. Prison Head Gunned Down At His Home

The head of Colorado's state prison system was shot and killed this week when he answered the front door at his home in Monument. The incident happened just hours before Colorado's governor signed strict new gun-control measures into law.
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NCAA Tournament: Previewing Thursday's Games

A host of Division 1 games gets underway in men's college basketball Thursday. That play begins a massive national overdose of basketball that will continue for several weeks.The competition will be held at four sites.

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