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Schools Have Become More Secure Since Columbine, Experts Say

The actions of first responders also have changed since the 1999 shooting in Colorado, according to security experts.
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Most States Punt Health Exchanges To The Feds

Only 17 states and the District of Columbia have proposed running their own insurance markets. Experts had expected mostly small states to seek federal help, but some of the nation's largest have said they will not run an exchange on their own.
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Transcript: President Obama's Remarks On Conn. School Shootings

In an emotional address, the president responded Friday to a mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. At least 20 children are among the dead, according to state police.
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U.S. Officials: Syria Has Prepared Several Dozen Chemical Bombs

American officials tell NPR that Syria's preparations are more extensive than previously reported. The U.S. and NATO are preparing for ways to address the chemical weapons threat.
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Brewers Prepare Beer For The End Of Time, Mayan Or Otherwise

Dec. 21 marks the end of the Mayan calendar — a time of celebration for the ancient people, scientists say, although some modern day folks worry it's a sign of the apocalypse. It may not be the end of the world as we know it, but beer masters inspired by the end of days feel fine.
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Unions — Who Needs 'Em?

In this week's Barbershop, the guys weigh in on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice withdrawing her name from consideration for secretary of state. They also discuss Michigan's right-to-work law and whether unions are still relevant today.
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Remembering Civil Rights Leader Lawrence Guyot

Lawrence Guyot spent his life fighting for civil rights - but often at great personal cost. He was jailed and beaten regularly by police in the Deep South while helping black people get involved in politics. Host Michel Martin speaks with Washington, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who worked alongside Guyot, about his life and activism.
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It's All Politics, Dec. 13, 2012

Labor pains in Michigan, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner head to the cliff, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is steamed, and we're still waiting for a Senate replacement for Jim DeMint in South Carolina. It looks like the only folks smiling in this week's podcast are Ken Rudin and Ron Elving.
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Tragedy In Connecticut: 20 Children, 6 Adults Killed At Elementary School

"Our hearts are broken," President Obama told the nation today as the awful news emerged. Police say they found 18 children and six adults dead at the scene. Two other children died later. The gunman's body was also found at the school.
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'We've Got Bigger Fish To Fry' Than Going After Pot Smokers, Obama Says

"It would not make sense" for the federal government to make prosecuting recreational users in states that have decriminalized marijuana a top priority, the president tells ABC News.

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