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Sen. Landrieu's First GOP Rival Sets In Motion Key 2014 Contest

The approach taken by Sen. Mary Landrieu's first official Republican rival, Rep. Bill Cassidy, in his announcement video is worth noting. Whoever eventually wins the GOP nomination to oppose the three-term Democratic senator could very well use the same playbook.
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With Eye On Budget, Hagel Seeks Pentagon Changes

In his first major policy speech, the defense secretary said the Pentagon is at war with itself: There are competing and spiraling costs within the military — for aging weapons, and for health and pension benefits for military personnel and retirees. He added that U.S. military power must be used judiciously, with a keen appreciation of its limits.
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When Changing Jobs And Retirement Programs, Good Information Can Be Hard To Find

Audie Cornish talks to Charlie Jeszeck, who oversaw a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on handling retirement savings when workers change jobs. Jeszeck is the director of Education, Workforce and Income Security Issues at the GAO.
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Stockon, California's Request For Bankruptcy Approved By Judge

A judge has cleared the way for the city to file for Chapter 9 protection. And that sets up a fight between bondholders and the state pension system, who is first in line to get paid?
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Obama Tries To Rally Support For Gun Control Laws In Colorado

President Obama is scheduled to make remarks about guns in Denver on Wednesday. Colorado has stepped up on both background checks and limits on ammunition magazines, and Democrats there fear backlash next year.
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Amid Threats, N. Korea's Neighbors Rethink Defense Policies

As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatens nuclear strikes on South Korea, Japan and the U.S., there is a new determination across the region to adopt a tougher line. There's talk now in Japan and South Korea that they should have nuclear weapons of their own — a position the U.S. opposes.
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Second Chances In American Politics

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford won the GOP nomination for the state's first district congressional seat Tuesday. Sanford's return to politics comes four years after revelations of his extramarital affair in 2009. Sanford isn't the only disgraced politician to make a comeback.
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African Filmmaker Shows 'What It Feels Like To Have No Home'

New York's African Film Festival is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with the theme "Looking Back, Looking Forward." It is honoring the first generation of African filmmakers like Ousmane Sembene, and introducing a new wave of African directors. Host Michel Martin talks with festival founder Mahen Bonetti. They're joined by Frances Bodomo, who is showing her short film Boneshaker at the event.
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Lessons From A School Cheating Scandal, Two Decades Later

A local newspaper investigation in Atlanta uncovered widespread cheating in standardized testing, which school officials were indicted for last week. But almost 25 years ago, a doctor in West Virginia coal country uncovered a similar scandal after noticing that standardized test scores in his community were suspiciously high. Host Michel Martin speaks to Dr. John Cannell about his report back then, and other incidents he has been following since.

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