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Should The U.S. Speed Up Afghanistan Withdrawal?

Recent events have renewed calls to pull out U.S. troops before a 2014 deadline. Host Michel Martin hears two perspectives: Iraq war veteran Jon Soltz believes the current counterinsurgency strategy isn't yielding enough results, but Gayle Tzemach Lemmon believes if the U.S. pulls out now, Afghan civil society could face serious consequences.
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Pressure Mounts After Neighborhood Watch Shooting

Some observers say race may have played a role in the shooting of 17-year-old African-American Trayvon Martin. The shooter says it was self defense, but Martin's family says the boy was unarmed and are demanding Florida authorities press charges. Host Michel Martin speaks with Miami Herald reporter Frances Robles.
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Cause Of Foul Pine Nut Taste Befuddles Scientists

Scientists trying to decipher the source of pine nut mouth, a vile taste some people get after eating the nutritious nuts, say they've been stumped in trying to detect a chemical signature for the problem.
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Chances Are 'Pink Slime' Is In Grocery Store Beef, Too

An estimated 70 percent of the ground beef supply contains these lean bits of meat derived from muscle and connective tissue. The industry calls the trimmings Lean Finely Textured Beef.
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Peace Deal Process With Taliban Stalls

The Taliban has announced it is suspending peace talks with the U.S. At the same time, Afghan President Hamid Karzai demanded the U.S. pull troops out of rural areas by next year following a deadly shooting spree by an American soldier. These signals have come at an already difficult time for the U.S. in Afghanistan and further complicate the U.S. exit strategy.
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Iowa State Defeats UConn; VCU Beats Wichita St.

In NCAA men's basketball action Thursday night, Iowa State defeated the the University of Connecticut 77-64. The Huskies were last year's champions. Also, VCU beat Wichita State 62-59 to advance to weekend play.
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Defense Contractors See Hope In Homeland Security

With defense spending taking a hit, contractors are looking for new markets. The Department of Homeland Security is one of the most promising — especially border security. At a recent expo, businesses showed off their goods that might help strengthen America's borders.
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Petitions Are Going Viral, Sometimes To Great Success

Petitions have been a common form of protest throughout modern history, often bringing attention to a cause through little more than handwritten letters and word of mouth. But like a lot of other things, petitions are going viral. And one website in particular has contributed to the phenomenon.
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With New Film, Obama Hopes For Viral Video Boost

President Obama's re-election campaign has tried to master the recipe for viral videos with its new 17-minute offering, The Road We've Traveled. This biographical film is directly related to the kinds of movies that campaigns used to make for a party's nominating convention. Its goal is to ultimately reach undecided independent voters.

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