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Voting Rights: What's A Reasonable Requirement?

The Obama administration has taken aim at a wave of new laws and policies they say will make it harder for some people to vote on Election Day. Host Audie Cornish talks with two people who hold opposing views on the issue: NAACP president Ben Jealous and Hans von Spakovsky, a senior legal fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a former Justice Department official under President George W. Bush.
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Romney Seeks Gingrich's Tea Party Lead In S.C.

South Carolina's Tea Party-backed Gov. Nikki Haley has not only endorsed Mitt Romney, she regaled him with glowing tributes at every campaign stop in the multi-city tour over the weekend. Romney is fighting to show South Carolinians he is more conservative than New Gingrich.
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Senate OKs Two More Months For Payroll Tax Cut

Each year, as Congress works to wrap up budget and tax bills and other "must-pass" legislation, inevitably not so must-pass items creep into the mix — inserted either to smooth passage for the more important things, or in the hopes that no one will notice. This year marks the first time that leadership has been unable to use earmarks to buy off reluctant votes, and has turned to other forms of grease instead. NPR's David Welna reports.
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How To Withdraw From A Country

In the run-up to the U.S. military's withdrawal from Iraq over the last few weeks, up to 60 convoys have been roaring across the country at any given time, hauling supplies south to Kuwait. But that's just the equipment the military is taking. Major General Thomas Richardson, the Army's chief logistician in Iraq, tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz that sometimes it's cheaper to leave it there.
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U.S. Somalis Lose Only Means Of Sending Cash Home

Somalis in the U.S. have long supported their families in East Africa, many of whom were driven from their homes by war or famine. Now the last American bank to work with Somali money-wiring companies is eliminating that service, and some worry that the cutoff could lead to a humanitarian crisis.
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Paroled U.S. Activist Says Peru Won't Let Her Leave

Paroled U.S. activist Lori Berenson said Saturday that she and her toddler son were not permitted to leave Peru despite being granted permission in court to spend the holidays in New York with her family.
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Penn State Officials Face Trial In Sex Abuse Case

Accused of trying to cover up Penn State's child sex abuse scandal, two former administrators will face a trial on perjury charges. A judge made that decision at a preliminary hearing on Friday, as NPR's Jeff Brady reports. Warning: This segment contains language that may not be suitable for all audiences.

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