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Meet The 83-Year-Old Taking On The U.S. Over Same-Sex Marriage

Edith Windsor's challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act will be heard by the Supreme Court next week. When her wife died, Windsor had to pay $363,000 in estate taxes because the federal government did not recognize their marriage. "If Thea was Theo," she says, "I would not have had to pay."

Mark Sanford's Affair Follows Him On Campaign Trail For South Carolina House Seat

Melissa Block talks to University of South Carolina political scientist Mark Tompkins about Republican Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, who are running for Congress in the state. Sanford is a former governor who said he was hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2009 when he was actually having an extramarital affair in Argentina. Colbert Busch is the sister of late-night comedian, Stephen Colbert.

John Lennon's Bloodied Glasses Used In Plea On Gun Violence

Yoko Ono, the widow of the Beatle slain in 1980, tweets the graphic photo on the 44th anniversary of the couple's marriage.
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Assault Weapon Ban A Sticking Point In Maryland Gun Control Legislation

Legislation that put further controls on the purchase of guns has languished in a Maryland House committee, prompting activists and the Lieutenant Governor to renew a call for action.


House OKs Bill To Keep Government Funded Through September

A government shutdown has been averted, with the house passing a spending bill that keeps things open through the end of September.

NRA Represents Only A Fraction Of Gun Owners

Kentucky farmer James Gash is one of millions of American gun owners who don't belong to the National Rifle Association - the powerful lobbying group. Gash talks with host Michel Martin about why the NRA doesn't speak for him.

When Should Politicians' Life Experience Determine Policy?

Republican Senator Rob Portman recently announced that, after years of opposition, he now supports same-sex marriage. He credits his own gay son with helping to change his mind. In her regular 'Can I Just Tell You' essay, host Michel Martin suggests politicians look out for all constituents' needs and rights, not just those inspired by family ties.