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From left, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), during Wednesday's session. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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Listen To NPR's Special Report On Day 2 Of Elena Kagan's Hearing

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Nebraska lawmakers vote April 9 to ban abortion beyond 20 weeks after conception. The law is part of a national trend of state laws restricting abortion. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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Reframing The Abortion Debate: Focus On Fetus

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Larry King is in the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the longest-running show on the same network and in the same time slot. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Future Of CNN, Beyond Larry King

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Prices in New York City for some brands of cigarettes are likely to reach $13 a pack with the new tax. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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$11 A Pack? NYC Smokers Pay To Light Up

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Oakland Awaits Verdict In Subway Shooting Trial

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Massachusetts City Feels Sting From Budget Crisis

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Recession Batters Workforce In Racine, Wis.

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Remembering Robert Byrd, Longest Serving Senator

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A bugler plays during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. An Army investigation examined 15,000 graves and found more than 200 cases of mismanagement. Kevin Wolf/AP hide caption

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TARP Puts Some Republicans On The Defensive

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Mad Dash As Homebuyer Tax Credit Deadline Arrives

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