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60 Percent: Record Number Of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage In Poll

It's a far cry from 1996, the first year in which Gallup posed the question to Americans. Back then, 68 percent of respondents said same-sex marriages should not be valid.

Lawmakers Divided Over McConnell's Desire To Extend Surveillance Plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to extend the provision of the Patriot Act that authorizes the NSA's bulk collection of phone records before it expires. Others want the program reined in.

Nevada GOP Aggressively Tries To Break Democrats' Lock On Latino Voters

Latino voters in swing states like Nevada could decide the outcome of the 2016 race for president. Democrats have historically had a lock on their vote. But Republicans think they can change that.

Highway Trust Fund Is 'Broke,' Ex-Transportation Secretary LaHood Says

Lawmakers face a deadline to fund federal highway and mass transit repair. One option is to increase a gas tax. Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks to Steve Inskeep about his ideas.

Amtrak Train Derailment Highlights Delays Installing Safety Controls

The delay in installing the automated control system that may have prevented last week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia is being blamed on not enough funding and complex design issues.

Supporters Aim To Protect Adult Adoptees From Deportation

When a child is adopted by a U.S. citizen, they become a U.S. citizen. But that process didn't become automatic until 2000, and adoptees that had aged into adulthood were excluded.

Community Policing Doesn't Sit Well With Everyone, Former Prosecutor Says

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Eugene O'Donnell, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a former NYPD officer and prosecutor, who says not everyone agrees on how police should work.

Here's What People Are Saying About The Waco Shootout And Race

People are contrasting media and police reaction to the Texas shootout with their reaction to the recent protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo.


Obama To Regulate Police Use Of Some Military-Style Hardware

President Obama visited Camden, N.J., Monday to discuss recommendations from his task force on 21st century policing. The White House is setting new limits on police use of military hardware.

White House Says Fall Of Ramadi, Iraq, Is A 'Setback'

The Obama administration downplays the self-proclaimed Islamic State takeover of the important Iraqi city of Ramadi as Iraq emerges again as a major American political issue.