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Maryland Senate Passes Gun Control Bill

The state House will now get a crack at controversial legislation that includes measures to require fingerprints from those who purchase handguns.


Black Reverend: Guns Are Important To My Church

Gun violence devastates many predominantly African-American neighborhoods in places across the country. But some faith leaders feel that legal access to guns is part of the solution, not the problem. Host Michel Martin speaks with Reverend Kenn Blanchard about why he wants his congregation to have wider access to guns.

Kenya's Candidates Spar In First TV Debates

For the first time, Kenya recently aired presidential debates, ahead of its election. But despite the wide audience, many people doubt the country can get through the election without violence. Host Michel Martin catches up with journalist and debate moderator Uduak Amimo.

House Reauthorizes Violence Against Women Act

Yet again, a small number of Republicans joined the Democratic majority to pass a Senate bill, provoking handwringing from Conservative members.

How Washington Chose Not To Be Careful With Spending Cuts

No rational person would try to cut nearly all government spending by a fixed amount, regardless of the individual merit of any given program. That's kind of the point.
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Singer/Songwriter, Author And Activist Carole King

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Carole King on her decades-long career in music, her work for women’s rights and environmental advocacy.

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Dealing With Sequestration Fallout

Assessing the economic and political damage from the tax and spending impasse: The price to be paid and who pays it.


Democrats Move To Reinstate Assault Weapons Ban

The Senate held its first hearing on an assault weapons ban Wednesday, with activists pushing for tighter gun regulations sharing a table with gun-rights activists. They are seizing on public outrage over the December gun massacre at a school in Connecticut.