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The Politics Of Guns And The Influence Of Advertising

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a $12 million ad campaign in 13 states this week to persuade senators to support gun control legislation. The ads promote universal background checks as a prerequisite for gun ownership.
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Still No Clear Front Runner In Virginia Governor Race

Voters in the commonwealth don't yet prefer either major candidatesfor Virginia governor, voicing support for both Terry Auliffe and Ken Cuccinelli in nearly equal numbers.


Respectful Gay Marriage Debate An 'Enormous Step'

The Supreme Court is hearing two landmark gay marriage cases this week. But Robin Shahar's case never made it that far. She lost a job offer for planning a private wedding ceremony with her same-sex partner in 1991. Shahar speaks with host Michel Martin about the cultural shift that brought about these legal challenges.

Votes May Be There To Strike Down DOMA, But There's A Big 'If'

It's not certain the justices will decide they should rule on the Defense of Marriage Act's constitutionality. But if they do, it looks as though Justice Anthony Kennedy might join the court's four "liberal" judges to strike down the law.

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Maryland Housing Discrimination Debate Centers On Section 8

Maryland lawmakers effectively killed legislation that would make it illegal for landlords to discriminate based on a renter's source of income; the inclusion of Section 8 voucher-holders proved a sticking point.


Day 1 Didn't Tell Us Too Much About Day 2 Of Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Although gay marriage is again on the docket, Wednesday's legal issue is different. Tuesday was about California's attempt to ban same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, the focus is whether the federal government can deny benefits to legally married same-sex couples.

At Arguments, Supreme Court Takes Halting Steps Into Gay Marriage Issue

At oral arguments on the constitutionality of California's law banning same-sex marriage, the justices parried over the history of the institution of marriage. They also debated an essential question: Should the case be in the Supreme Court at all?

Proposition 8 Case Has High Political Stakes For Both Parties

Mara Liasson joins talks to Audie Cornish about the politics of Tuesday's court argument on gay marriage. Public opinion has shifted rapidly in favor on the issue, and the Supreme Court decision this summer on whether states can ban same-sex marriage and whether federal benefits should flow to same sex partners promise to roil the water again.