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Fellow Senators Mourn Richard Lugar's Defeat

That the U.S. Senate is becoming less collegial, less thoughtful, less bipartisan has been a lament of recent years — and is likely to get even more prevalent now that 36-year veteran Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., has lost his GOP primary.
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Texas Inmate Rivals Obama In W.Va. Primaries

In West Virginia's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, a little-known candidate named Keith Judd took 41 percent of the vote. That's compared to President Obama's 61 percent. Melissa Block speaks with Associated Press reporter Lawrence Messina about how a Texas prison inmate could garner so many votes.
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Bomb Plot: Secrets Didn't Stay Secret For Long

In the post-Sept. 11 world, intelligence operations are discussed much more freely. This was evident once again with the foiled bomb plot in Yemen. Despite the sensitivity of the case, the details have come out quickly.
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Government Job Cuts Threaten Black Middle Class

Public sector jobs, with their competitive pay and benefits, have long been considered the most secure form of employment in America. But as government shrinks, data show African-American workers are bearing the worst of the cuts.
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Pushing The Limits: Solo-Sailing The Americas

Matt Rutherford spent ten months alone at sea and set a new record for circumnavigating the Americas. He commanded a 27-foot sailboat nearly 27,000 miles — starting in Annapolis, Maryland, through the icy Northwest Passage, back south around Cape Horn, and up the Atlantic Ocean to the Mid-Atlantic.
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Creating A New Vision Of Islam In America

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf was once the lead cleric associated with the proposed Islamic community center some critics called the "ground zero mosque." In his new book, Moving the Mountain, Rauf calls for moderate Muslims to step up and marginalize the voices of extremists.
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Memphis 'Fly Boys' Soar Into Rocketry Finals

On Saturday May 12, 100 high school teams will compete in the Team America Rocketry Challenge. They'll have one chance to fly their rockets while keeping two raw eggs intact. Host Michel Martin talks with Darius Hooker and Wesley Carter of the Memphis rocketry team, about their stab at rocket science.
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UN Explores Native American Rights In US

The estimated 2.7 million Native Americans living in federally recognized tribal areas have to contend with problems like unemployment, alcoholism, sexual abuse, and suicide. Now a UN report is investigating the conditions of Native Americans in the U.S. Host Michel Martin speaks with S. James Anaya, the UN special rapporteur on indigenous peoples.

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