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Tree Rings Tell Tales Of Ancient Fires And Climate

Tom Swetnam says tree rings tell the tale of how climate, fire and people interacted hundreds and thousands of years ago. Today that interaction continues, and Swetnam says climate change is causing earlier snowmelt--which can lead to bigger, hotter blazes. Brett Fay joins to talk about predicting the movements of a wildfire.
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Now They're Even? Romney Gets In 'Birth Certificate' Quip

Earlier this month, it was President Obama getting a dig in about Mitt Romney having once put his dog in a crate on top of a car. Today it was Romney making a reference to the "birther" conspiracy.
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Analysis: Gray To Push Statehood At DNC, Virginia's Voter ID Law Draws Concerns

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney talks about D.C.s push to get statehood an issue ahead of the national conventions, and why NIH's battle with a resistant superbug is just now becoming public.

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Manufacturing And Regulations

An industry report says manufacturers are overburdened with rules. But health, safety and environmental watchdogs argue regulations are not strict enough. The role of regulations in the U.S. economy.

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Preview Of The Republican National Convention

The Republican National Convention gets underway in Tampa, Fla. Mitt Romney will use the national spotlight as an opportunity to define his candidacy for the American public. Diane and her guests discuss what to expect at the RNC.

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Who Best Represents American Catholics?

Catholics are considered one of the most important swing groups in the country. Now, for the first time in history, both major political parties have Catholic vice presidential candidates. Guest host Viviana Hurtado discusses the Catholic voting bloc with pollster Robert Jones and conservative Catholic blogger Gayle Trotter.
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Supporters Happy With SEC Rules Regarding Financial Transparency Law

Congress finally writes rules to enforce a financial transparency law that was passed two years ago.

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Congress Asked To Serve Tap Water At Inauguration

In an effort to save money and be more environmentally friendly, some lawmakers are asking Congress to serve tap water instead of bottled water at the presidential inauguration.

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Family Research Council Stands Behind Rep. Akin

Rep. Todd Akin continues to have supporters who have not wavered despite his comments in the media this week about rape. Steve Inskeep talks to Connie Mackey, head of the Family Research Council's political action committees, about why the pro-life organization continues to support Akin's U.S. Senate run in Missouri.

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