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Slain Teen's Parents On Capitol Hill

The parents of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin were on Capitol Hill, where House Democrats held a forum on "stand your ground" laws and racial profiling.

Arguments In Health Care Case

NPR's Julie Rovner describes the scene outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday, where both sides seemed pleased with the debate over the federal health law, and previews Wednesday's arguments.

Trayvon Martin Story Sparks Difficult Conversations

The death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, has sparked nationwide demonstrations and school walkouts. It has also prompted new conversations about race in America.

TRANSCRIPT & AUDIO: Supreme Court: The Health Care Law And The Individual Mandate

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard the second of three days of oral arguments on the fate of President Obama's health care law.

Boehner Eschews (For Now) GOP's Pile On Of Obama For Open-Mic Comment

One Republican who didn't seize on the chance to to jump on Obama for his open-mic remark to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev was Speaker John Boehner who rarely misses a chance to use Obama as a political foil, and vice versa.

Insurance Mandate A Tough Sell To Justices

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared split Tuesday on whether the federal government can force people to buy health insurance. "Three of the conservatives are clearly going to vote to strike it down — that would be justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas," NPR's Nina Totenberg reports from outside the court.

New Reports Emerge In Trayvon Martin Case

There's new information in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Florida boy who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman last month. Zimmerman told police that Martin assaulted him, and a family spokesman confirms Martin was suspended from school at the time of his death. Guest host Jacki Lyden speaks with Miami Herald reporter Frances Robles.

With A Black President, Harder To Discuss Race?

The Trayvon Martin case is bringing conversations about race to the front pages, the airwaves, and dinner tables. Even the president weighed in on the shooting last week. But freelance journalist Reniqua Allen writes in The Washington Post that having a black president is making those conversations harder to have, not easier.

Just How Independent Are Independent Voters?

The number of Americans who call themselves independents is at a record high. But they're not the huge, impressionable bloc of swing voters you might think. Political scientists say most of these voters are what they call "closet partisans" — people who identify as independents but actually vote quite consistently for one of the two main parties.