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12:06 PM EST Comment

‘Earmark-ish, Earmark-esque’ Provisions Back In Budget

Earmarks, also called pork barrel spending, have been banned from the federal budget since 2010, but something that looks a lot like earmarks is back. We speak with Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.

12:15 PM EST 22 Comments

What Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Could Mean For Minorities

Slate columnist Tressie McMillan Cottom says those against legalization are overlooking something — how keeping pot illegal disproportionately puts more minorities in jail.

12:35 PM EST 3 Comments

Texas To Impose Tight Rules On Health Law ‘Navigators’

The state insurance department in Texas is preparing new rules to regulate the people who help residents sign up for health insurance, under the Affordable Care Act.

12:40 PM EST 15 Comments

Will ‘Stand Your Ground’ Be Used In Florida Theater Shooting?

Since a retired police captain shot and killed a man texting in a movie theater, debate has been growing around whether the shooter can be defended under the controversial “Stand Your Ground” law.

12:50 PM EST Comment

Dutch Journalists Bring Sochi To America

An exhibit at Chicago’s DePaul Art Museum gives visitors a crash course in the place’s history, politics and culture. The show is the work of Dutch journalists Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen.

1:05 PM EST Comment

Cheating Scandal Rocks Air Force Nuclear Missile Force

The U.S. nuclear missile force has removed 34 officers from their jobs after they were accused of texting the answers to a monthly proficiency test.

1:15 PM EST Comment

War Takes Toll On Afghan Civilians

As the war ends for U.S. and NATO troops, it continues for the civilians in Afghanistan. Last year, was one of the worst years of the war for them. The BBC’s David Loyn looks at Afghans’ hopes for 2014.

1:20 PM EST Comment

‘American Hustle’ And ‘Gravity’ Lead Oscar Nominations

The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards were announced this morning in Beverly Hills. “American Hustle” and “Gravity” are the top contenders.

1:35 PM EST 3 Comments

Netflix May Take A Hit With End Of Net Neutrality

The recent appeals court ruling that overturned net neutrality could mean higher costs for Netflix, but may have an upside for the online movie streaming service as well.

1:40 PM EST 3 Comments

Florida Man In Assisted Living Squanders Lottery Winnings

Malcolm Ramsey, 55, won — and promptly spent — about three-quarters of his $400,000 Florida Lottery prize. The state issued the check despite previously deeming him incapable of managing his finances.

1:50 PM EST 3 Comments

Dancing Doctor Continues Healing Journey

Dr. Deborah Cohan’s video was viewed by millions and her healing journey continues. Just days ago, she started chemotherapy treatment.

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November 26 8 Comments

Arlo Guthrie Celebrates 50 Years Of ‘Alice’s Restaurant’

Listening to the 18-minute musical monologue has been a Thanksgiving tradition among folk music fans for decades.

November 26 Comment

One Refugee’s Story Of Coming To America

Paul Okot vividly remembers landing at JFK airport in New York at 7 years old, after fleeing violence in southern Sudan.

November 25 3 Comments

Rapper Le1f Finds Struggle And Moral Diversity In American Music

We've been asking musicians what they think of when they think "American music." Today we hear from Khalif Diouf, aka Le1f.

November 24 7 Comments

Ferguson: One Year Later

City council member Wesley Bell looks back on the past year since protests and violence swept the Missouri city.