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Pussy Riot: Prison Ordeal Will Help Us Fix Russia's System

Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alyokhina, in the U.S. for the first time, continue to be outspoken against human rights abuses in Russia. The two members of the punk protest band served nearly two years in a penal colony, time they say helped fuel their message of change.
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Democrats Worry About Losing Senate Majority

On Wednesday, President Obama spoke to Senate Democrats at their annual retreat. Since the debacle of HealthCare.gov last fall, Democrats have been running scared headed into the 2014 elections. With 21 Democrats facing the voters — compared to 15 Republicans — the party's majority standing is at risk.
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Ga. Voters Surprised Macon Election Change Isn't Challenged

It's been almost eight months since the Supreme Court effectively stuck down Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. That section required places with a history of discrimination to get their local voting laws cleared by the federal government. When the Supreme Court ruled, it said people could file lawsuits if they felt disenfranchised. But it hasn't quite worked out that way.
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Black Openly Gay Judge Would Be Federal Bench's First

President Obama nominated Florida Judge Darrin Gayles to serve on the U.S. District Court bench. GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who blocked the president's last nominee for the position, says he doesn't plan to object.
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Celebrities Turn Star Power Toward Political Stage

Clay Aiken is the latest in a long line of actors, singers, reality TV stars and athletes to seek second careers in politics. But fame is no guarantee of success at the ballot box.
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One Day After CBO Report, It's Time To Start Your Spin Cycle

On Tuesday, economists with the Congressional Budget Office announced findings that indicated the new health care law may result in hundreds of thousands leaving the workforce. The findings spurred new debate on the merits of the law and its economic impact. NPR's Scott Horsley has more on the reactions to the report.
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Obamacare Opponents Open New Front For Debate In 'Risk Corridors'

Some Republicans have begun to demand the repeal of a key feature in the president's health care law, which protects insurance companies taking part, in exchange for agreeing to raise the nation's debt ceiling. But according to Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf, the so-called "risk corridors" actually benefit the Treasury, rather than costing taxpayers money.
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White House Creates 'Climate Hubs' To Help Rural Towns, Farmers

President Obama used an executive order to start a program intended to help farmers and ranchers cope with weather changes that have begun to alter growing seasons and crop health.
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Rethinking The 17th Amendment: An Old Idea Gets Fresh Opposition

For more than 100 years, voters have been able to pick U.S. senators themselves. Some conservatives think the country would be better off if state legislators made the choice.
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Alarm As Haitians Flee Country

Natural disasters, unemployment and poverty in Haiti have prompted many people to risk their lives to flee the country. Host Michel Martin speaks with Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles about the struggles Haitians face and what's being done to fix the problem.

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