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Conservative Straw Poll Gives Romney A Nod

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney won the straw poll Saturday at the Conservative Political Action Conference's annual meeting. Host Rachel Martin has the results as the major conservative conference comes to a close.
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The Contraception Compromise Plays Out Politically

This past week, the White House changed its requirements that faith-based employers include contraceptives in their health insurance plans, after Republicans and some Democrats opposed the policy on religious grounds. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mara Liasson and Barbara Bradley Hagerty.
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Mitt Romney Edges Ron Paul For Maine Victory

Bu the GOP presidential hopeful walked away without delegates in the nonbinding caucuses and tallied fewer votes in the state than he did four years ago. This time, he barely beat rival Ron Paul.
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N.C. Regulator Tapped To Handle $25B Mortgage Deal

Joseph Smith Jr. has been chosen to oversee the multibillion-dollar national mortgage settlement announced earlier this week. Smith is described as a man who understands the plight of the homeowner without forgetting what makes a successful banking industry work.
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Hard Times Familiar in Okfuskee County, Okla.

Okfuskee County in Oklahoma is the birthplace of Woody Guthrie, who would have turned 100 this year. Much of the economic problems Guthrie sang about were from what he saw in the county, which was once the largest all-black community in the country. Guthrie's music still resonates there, especially in the town of Boley, where hope is hard to come by. Logan Layden of State Impact Oklahoma reports.
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Oklahoma Opts Out Of Foreclosure Deal

Robo-signing and dual tracking wrongfully foreclosed on homes all across the country. Almost every state will accept the $26 billion federal settlement — all except Oklahoma. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz speaks with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt about why he chose to opt his state out of the federal foreclosure abuse settlement.
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Sports: Lin Shoots For Stardom; Patriot Fans Sour

Lin-sanity grips basketball! Gripes and second-guesses grip Pats fans! And what do we owe great four-legged athletes when they go past their prime? Host Scott Simon talks with NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the sports of the week.
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Lawyers Share The Bench In Terrorism Cases

The process by which the Justice Department will decide whether a terrorism case goes to a regular federal court or to a military commission has been something of a mystery. The big difference is how it will be done: The people making those decisions won't just be lawyers; intelligence agents and spies will be there, too. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports.

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