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Is 'Tough On Crime' No Longer A Talking Point?

There's a growing bipartisan consensus that criminal justice policy needs to change, because of the costs and social consequences of keeping more than 2 million Americans behind bars. Host Michel Martin discusses the parties' platforms on criminal justice with the Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer and Marc Levin of the group Right On Crime.
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What's Driving Dropout Rate For Black, Latino Men?

A new report says barely half of Latino and Black men graduate from high school in four years. Host Michel Martin discusses the dropout rate and what's being done about it. She speaks with John H. Jackson of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and Pilar Montoya of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
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Has Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Changed Military?

The U.S. military's ban on gays and lesbians serving openly was repealed one year ago. Host Michel Martin checks in with Air Force Sergeant Jonathan Mills to see how the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has affected his life and the lives of other LGBT service members. Mills is the publisher of OutServe magazine.
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The Fiscal Cliff, In Three And A Half Graphics

Before things get crazy, here's a quick look at the tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to kick in next year.
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'Fiscal Cliff' Scenarios Leave Economists On Edge

We've heard the warnings of a looming economic disaster if Congress fails to avert a "fiscal cliff" by the end of the year. Economists hope lawmakers will act after November's election, but what if Congress runs out of time?
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Colorado's 'Deeply Spiritual' Chimney Rock To Be A National Monument

Pueblos and native Americans from other tribes came to the site for its "lunar standstills" and built homes there more than 1,000 years ago. The new designation will help preserve it.
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President Obama Crashes Iowa Wedding

A Des Moines couple learned of a sudden change to their wedding. The president held a campaign rally at the same location, according to WOI TV. After the disruption, the couple received a gift bag with a silver tray and a note from Barack Obama.

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