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Maryland Lawmakers Reconvene For Budget Issues

The Maryland General Assembly is scheduled to reconvene Monday morning for a special session to complete unfinished budget issues.

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Politics Wrap: From Gay Marriage To Romney's Speech

Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson about Mitt Romney's commencement address and the dominant political story of the past week: President Obama's public endorsement of same-sex marriage.
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To Largest Crowd Yet, Romney Speaks Of Faith

Mitt Romney delivered the commencement address at the nation's largest evangelical school, Liberty University in Virginia, on Saturday. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports this is the latest effort by the Republican presidential candidate to win over a part of the party base that has been skeptical of him in the past.
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Gay Republicans Still Look For Romney's Support

One group watching Mitt Romney's position on same-sex marriage closely is the Log Cabin Republicans, a group that advocates for gay rights. Founder Rich Tafel says the presumptive GOP presidential candidate needs to show some support if he hopes to win valuable swing voters this fall.
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Same-Sex Marriage Back In National Spotlight

Gay marriage is back in the headlines: President Obama followed Vice President Joe Biden and Education Secretary Arne Duncan in expressing support for same-sex marriage this week. Meanwhile, voters in North Carolina passed an amendment to their constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman only. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with two supporters of the amendment, Tami Fitzgerald of Vote for Marriage North Carolina and Pastor Patrick Wooden. He also speaks with Richard Tafel, founder of Log Cabin Republicans, a group that advocates for the rights of gays and lesbians.
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Romney Treads Lightly In Speech To Liberty Grads

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney struggled to attract the support of evangelical voters during the Republican primary season. On Saturday, he traveled to an evangelical citadel: Liberty University, founded by the late Jerry Falwell. In delivering the school's commencement address, Romney largely stayed clear of politics — with the exception of his biggest applause line. Weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz talks with NPR's Ari Shapiro.
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Obama's Gay Marriage Evolution: A Societal Shift?

As the debate over the political calculations behind President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage continue, Host Scott Simon checks in with acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Armistead Maupin to talk about this as a cultural moment.

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