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Challenges Rouse Defenders Of Marriage Act

Under the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal government is bound to recognize only those marriages between a man and a woman. A Senate committee has passed a measure that would change that, but the effort to overturn DOMA faces stiff resistance from congressional Republicans.
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In GOP Debate, Candidates Vie For Valuable Commodity: Camera Time

If you tuned into the CBS/National Journal debate Saturday night hoping for a reprise of the drama created earlier in the week by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's now-legendary "oops" gaffe, you were destined for disappointment.
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Teachers Unions Mobilize In A Fight For Their Lives

Ohio's rejection of a plan to scale back collective bargaining rights for public employees this week was a big victory for labor. In particular, it showed how important the nation's teachers unions have become beyond the classroom.
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Debt Weighs On European Politics

With the euro zone burdened by debt, the prime minister of Greece has resigned and Italy's long-time Premier Silvio Berlusconi is expected to step down as well. Guest host Linda Wertheimer checks in with NPR's Sylvia Poggioli, who sums up the events of a tumultuous week in Europe.
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Spain Poised For Change As Elections Near

Change is in the wind across southern Europe. The governments of Greece and Italy are collapsing under a mountain of debt and Spain, too, is on shaky financial ground. Spaniards go to the polls on Nov. 20 and are expected to turn the ruling Socialist Party out of power. Yet, as Lauren Frayer reports, people there are also uneasy about the alternatives.
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Celebrity Lawyer Takes Spotlight In Cain Case

It seems like hardly a month goes by without seeing celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred on television. This week, Allred was in the news again, representing one of presidential candidate Herman Cain's sexual harassment accusers. Her bold use of media to call attention to her clients' causes has earned the respect of some, but the irritation of others. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates has a profile.
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Next String Of GOP Debates Feature Foreign Policy

The Republican presidential candidates gather Saturday night in Spartanburg, S.C., to debate foreign policy and national security, the first in nearly a dozen such events to have that focus. NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving looks ahead to the event with guest host Linda Wertheimer.

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