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  Adam Gelb on prison reform in Texas

Jeff Greenfield speaks with Adam Gelb, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on correction policies, about Texas’s policy of keeping fewer convicts in prison.

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Occupy Wall Street, the 2012 election and the problem of income inequality in America

Occupy Wall Street has big plans. But what should the protesters be talking about? Deciding who’s to blame for inequality might be a place to start.

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Occupy Wall Street: Unemployment is not going away, and neither are we

It’s spring, and Occupy Wall Street is staging a comeback, with a potentially powerful new message: Even the recent economic recovery is leaving most Americans behind.

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As furor over reproductive rights grows louder, number of states that are ‘hostile’ to abortion doubles, study finds

Long before the furor over contraception erupted this year, lawmakers at the state level began a coordinated effort to curtail reproductive rights, peaking with a record number of anti-abortion laws in 2011.

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Romney, doing damage control, says he supports the safety net for the poor. But does he?

Mitt Romney attempted to walk back his claim that he’s “not concerned” about the very poor Tuesday, by promising to keep the safety net “strong and able.” But his plan, it turns out, would do the opposite — cutting food stamps and raising taxes on working Americans.

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Super Tuesday offers crucial test for Republicans hurt by protracted primary campaign

Republican voters describe themselves as “depressed” and “underwhelmed” by the primary campaign. A muddled outcome on Super Tuesday would only make their depression worse.

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  The state of Ohio: Are recent economic gains helping struggling Americans?

In an updated Help Wanted edition of Need to Know, correspondent John Larson reports from Ohio about whether recent economic gains have changed the fortunes of people who suffered during the recession.

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  Presidentiality: Are colleges encouraging atheism?

Are colleges anti-religion? Our “Presidentiality” series examines a claim by Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum that higher education breeds secularism.

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  Help Wanted: Amid Nevada’s jobs crisis, trying to teach workers new skills

Nevada is in the midst of a jobs crisis. In addition to too many people searching for too few jobs, there’s another problem: young people don’t have the right skills.

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