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Eddie Murphy Pulls Out As Oscar Host

Comedian Eddie Murphy is pulling out as host of the Oscars — just 24 hours after producer Brett Ratner resigned. Ratner came under fire for using a gay slur.
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Actions Toward Protesters Alienate Mayor's Base

The Occupy encampment outside Oakland city hall has become a political quagmire for Mayor Jean Quan. Elected just a year ago, she was at one point a source of hope and inspiration for the city's liberals. Now, after her mishandling of the Occupy campsite — she forcibly evicted the campers, and then let them come back — she's managed to alienate friends and open up an opportunity for her political rivals. The situation may cost her the mayor's office before her term is up.
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Ohio Repeals Measure To Limit Bargaining Rights

Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich suffered a major defeat at the polls Tuesday night, when voters decided to repeal a measure that limited the collective bargaining rights of public employees. Kasich's popularity has already plummeted in a state that will likely be key to President Obama's reelection. Robert Siegel talks with NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea about how the Republican governors of three Midwestern states — Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin — may have roused organized labor and improved Obama's odds in those states.
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Ridpath Discusses Ethics In College Sports

Robert Siegel speaks to Dave Ridpath, an assistant professor of sports administration at Ohio University. Ridpath, a former Division 1 wrestling coach and assistant athletic director at Marshall University, has called the current system of college sports "broken." He says that the current scandal at Penn State is the most extreme example of a college sports system that protects teams at all costs.
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How Birth Control And Abortion Became Politicized

Historian Jill Lepore writes about the early history of the birth control and abortion movements in this week's New Yorker. "I think it's easy to lose perspective [that] actually the arguments made by one side or another have switched sides over time more than once," she says.
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Mother Recalls Her Perilous Freedom Ride

Scores of civil rights activists faced violence and arrests when traveling into the heart of the segregated South as "Freedom Riders" in 1961. Theresa Walker, one of the few women and very few mothers who braved that journey, is being honored Wednesday by the National Women's Law Center. She speaks with host Michel Martin.
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Winners, Losers From Off-Year Elections

On Tuesday, two GOP-backed measures were struck down: Mississippi's amendment that would've defined fertilization as the start of life, and Ohio's measure to uphold a law curbing collective bargaining rights for public workers. Host Michel Martin explores what these results might mean for the 2012 elections. She speaks with former Obama administration staffer Corey Ealons and GOP strategist Ron Christie.

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