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Colorado's Pot Law Fires Up This Week

Retail sales of recreational marijuana are now legal in Colorado. Host Michel Martin looks at the highs, and possible lows of the new law with Dana Coffield of The Denver Post, and The Sacramento Bee's Peter Hecht, author of Weed Land.
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Apologies Needed For Beyonce's Song?

Critics are slamming Beyonce for using an audio clip from the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in her new song "XO." Was she being insensitive, or artistic? Host Michel Martin hears from the beauty shop ladies: journalists Bridget Johnson and Keli Goff, and Maria Teresa Kumar of Voto Latino.
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As Promised, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Files For Re-Election

He admitted in November to having smoked crack, and Ford has been stripped of most duties. But he insists he's the best mayor Canada's largest city has ever had. The election is set for Oct. 27. The mayor's campaign slogan: "Ford More Years."
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Virginia Turns Attention To Special Election That Will Decide Who Controls State Senate

In Virginia, Democrats and Republicans are focusing their attention on Loudoun County, where a special election for the state Senate this month may have drastic consequences.
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Recreational Marijuana Now Legal In Colorado

As of Jan. 1, those who wish can now purchase recreational pot in some 40 stores across the state of Colorado. We explore the seismic shifts taking place in the debate over marijuana.

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2014 Election Cycle Expected To Showcase Political Drama

This year promises to bring plenty of political drama — and some high stakes races — with mid-term elections in full view. Billions of dollars will be spent in House, Senate and governors' contests. And some of the nation's most powerful politicians will scramble to hold onto their seats.
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Conservatives Want What Socialists Got: Anonymous Political Cash

Even conservatives who once championed disclosure of political spending are now arguing that contributions should be able to be made secretly, and they point to the long-standing exemption from disclosure for the Socialist Workers Party.
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Bill De Blasio Sworn In As New York City Mayor

De Blasio, the first Democrat elected as mayor in two decades, rode the subway to his swearing in. In his inaugural speech, he promised "a new progressive direction in New York."
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Justice Sotomayor Blocks Part Of Birth Control Mandate

The Supreme Court justice issued a decision Tuesday night that's putting part of President Obama's health insurance law in doubt. Groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged are suing to block the law, saying it violates their religious freedom.
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Most Economists Say Happy New Year — Really

Annual forecasts are brimming with good cheer for 2014: Jobs will come back, stock prices will keep heading higher, and consumer spending will continue to improve, economists predict.

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