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Political Scientist: Republicans Most Conservative They've Been In 100 Years

Keith Poole of the University of Georgia, with collaborator Howard Rosenthal of New York University, has spent decades charting the partisan ideological shifts and polarization in Congress from the 18th Century until now to get the view of how the political landscape has changed from 30,000 feet up. What they have found is that the Republican Party is the most conservative it has been a century.

Vermont Governor Has Bear Encounter

When four bears were raiding his bird feeders, Gov. Peter Shumlin thought he might be able to shoo them away. He ended up sprinting for safety — barely escaping, you might say.

Murder, Hate Crime Charges Filed Against Tulsa Suspects

Three African-Americans were killed and two others were seriously wounded in shootings that terrorized the city on Good Friday.

Who Has Upper-Hand In Battle For Women Voters?

Democrats accused Republicans of waging a "war against women" when reproductive issues took center stage in the GOP primaries. Now a recent gaffe from a Democratic operative is giving Republicans fresh ammunition. Host Michel Martin speaks with former speechwriter and columnist Mary Kate Cary, and Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Connie Schultz.

Newark Mayor Enters Fire In 'Come To Jesus Moment'

Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker is being hailed as a hero after rescuing a woman from a burning building. He saw his neighbor's house on fire Thursday night, and he ran in to pull her to safety. Host Michel Martin speaks with Mayor Booker about the experience he calls a "come to Jesus moment."

What America Pays In Taxes

How much did people in your income bracket pay in taxes? And what was the government's total tax take, from all sources?

Slain New Hampshire Police Chief Was One Week From Retirement

Chief Michael Maloney was due to retire from the Greenland, N.H., police department next Friday. But Thursday night he was killed during a drug bust in which four officers were also wounded.

I Died On The Titanic

Titanic the musical, that is.'s Dana Farrington played a drowning victim as an eight-grader in 2002. The costumes and set were memorable in a good way, she says. But portraying the tragic ordeal was a bit creepy.

Today's Hero: Newark Mayor Cory Booker, For Going Into A Burning Building

Now he's trending on Twitter after leading a woman to safety from her burning home. He's even said to be tougher than Chuck Norris.