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When Conscience Conflicts With Constituents

Last week, the Senate voted against a proposal for background checks on gun buyers. Several senators from states with strong pro-gun constituencies cast votes supporting the checks despite voter polls. On divisive issues, politicians may often face a choice between personal and public opinion.

How About You Be The Decider

George W. Bush opens his presidential library this week in Dallas, where an interactive game gives visitors a taste of presidential decision-making. From one angle, Decision Points Theater is a cool learning tool. From another, it raises the question: Could an American president benefit from crowdsourcing?

Muslim Family Values

Many Muslim people were hoping the Boston bombers didn't share their religion. However, the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is indeed Muslim, according to family members. Host Michel Martin speaks to Muslims from different ethnic backgrounds about the conversations they're having at dinner tables and in their neighborhoods.

Muslims On Boston Bombings: We're All Disgusted

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation about how Muslims are responding to the Boston bombings and handling backlash from the events.

Lawmakers Want To Avoid Drone Strike Abuses

A Senate committee has held the fist public hearing on the use of drones. Lawmakers say they want to establish some ground rules for deadly drone strikes to prevent abuses.

Online Shoppers Brace For Sales Tax Measure

The U.S. Senate is poised to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act that allows states to collect taxes from out-of-state merchants. Tax policy experts say this long-sought bill brings fairness to the tax system and much needed money to state and local governments. But small online sellers are incensed at what they see as a new tax burden.