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Fears Of Marijuana 'Monopoly' In Ohio Undercut Support For Legalization

Ohio will vote this fall on whether to legalize marijuana. The measure allows 10 growing sites; 10 groups of big investors already have dibs. Some would-be pot proponents are crying foul.

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Akron, Ohio, To Hold Fall Election After Long-Serving Mayor Resigns

Akron, Ohio, had one of the longest serving mayors in the country. Now it's working on selecting its fourth mayor in less than a year after the long-time mayor abruptly resigned.

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U.N. Presents Bleak Outlook In Latest Report On Gaza

A United Nations report says if things continue as they are now, Gaza won't be "habitable" by 2020. Water shortages are a major problem, among other things.

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Biden Fuels Speculation Of Presidential Run With College Affordability Speech

Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Miami on Wednesday to talk about college affordability fueling speculation that he will launch a bid for the Democratic nomination for president.

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Most Migrants Hope To Settle In Germany After Long Journey To Europe

Hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees have struggled to reach Europe after fleeing war, oppression and poverty. The vast majority have one destination in mind: Germany.

A White Teen Was Killed By A Cop And No One Took To The Streets. Is That A Problem?

Teenager Zachary Hammond was killed by South Carolina police this summer under questionable circumstances. His family says they're struggling to get attention from the media because they're white.

Trump: Jeb Bush Should Be 'Speaking English'

In a newly published interview, Donald Trump reportedly said Bush should "set the example."

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Is Marco Rubio The Candidate Republicans Date But Don't Marry?

Polls suggest GOP primary voters really like Rubio, but when it comes to casting a vote they seem less sure. Time might tell whether he can turn his paper appeal into real appeal.

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Spreading The Word: Obamacare Is For Native Americans, Too

Many Native Americans rely entirely on free care from the financially strapped Indian Health Service. Advocates say signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act can broaden their choices.

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Hillary Clinton's Fight For Gefilte Fish

Among thousands of emails released this week, there was a particularly fishy one.

Boston City Council Delays Action On Pay Raise; Here’s How Their Salary Compares To Other Cities

September 2, 2015
Boston City Council President Bill Linehan, center, is seeking to increase councilors' pay pay by $17,500, to $105,000. The mayor has proposed a smaller salary hike. Here, Linehan is seen at an unrelated council hearing on June 26. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

The Boston City Council did not take action on pay raises Wednesday, but the council’s politically awkward pay discussion continues.

Martin O’Malley On The ‘Rigged’ Democratic Debates, And What America Needs

September 2, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley addresses the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Minneapolis. (Jim Mone/AP)

Former Baltimore mayor and Democratic Maryland governor Martin O’Malley has single digits in the polls in Iowa but is out there swinging. He joined host Tom Ashbrook on Wednesday.

Iran Nuclear Deal Now Has Enough Votes To Survive A Challenge

September 2, 2015
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers a speech on the nuclear agreement with Iran at the National Constitution Center on September 2, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal, becoming the 34th Democratic senator to back the president. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland became the 34th vote in favor of the agreement. She calls it “the best option available.”

New Pew Study Looks At American Catholics

September 2, 2015
A man holds rosary beads, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Baton Rouge, La. (Jonathan Bachman/AP)

Among the findings: only about a third of U.S. Catholics view caring for the environment as an important part of their Catholic identity.

Healey Certifies 22 Proposed State Ballot Initiatives

September 2, 2015
Phoebe the dog watches voters in Cambridge cast their votes in 2014. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The certified petitions include ones calling for the legalization of recreational marijuana use.

Martin O’Malley And The Race To 2016

September 2, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley addresses the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, in Minneapolis. (Jim Mone/AP)

We talk to Martin O’Malley, former Maryland governor and now Democratic candidate for the presidency. He’s been tough on Trump – and on his fellow Democrats.

Warren: Vice Presidential Bid ‘Something I’m Not Talking About’

September 2, 2015
Elizabeth Warren told the AP she's happy with her job as senator. Here she is at WBUR in March. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

“I have a job,” the senator said, “and my job is to go down to Washington and fight for the people of Massachusetts.”

In Alaska, Obama Calls For Urgent Action On Climate Change

September 1, 2015
President Barack Obama speaks at the Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) Conference in the Denaina Civic and Convention Center on August 31, 2015 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking at an international Arctic conference, President Obama said the world is not acting fast enough to address climate change.

2016 Candidates Get Big Donations From The Tech Industry

September 1, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit April 17, 2015 in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was one of the Republican hopefuls in the state this weekend. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is leading in tech industry campaign donations by a wide margin, according to a recent analysis.

Competition For Resources In The Arctic

September 1, 2015
Denali is seen from a window on Air Force One during descent into Anchorage, Alaska on Aug. 31, 2015. (Pete Souza/White House)

The scramble for the Arctic. President Obama’s in Alaska. We’ll look at the stakes.

Commentary: Who Created The Donald And Sustains Him To This Day?

September 1, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers questions from reporters at the National Federation of Republican Assemblies in Nashville, Tenn. (Mark Humphrey/AP)

Media can’t seem to stay away from Donald Trump. Dan Payne argues Trump is doing well in the polls, because he’s getting so much media coverage. And that he’s getting that coverage, because of the polls. And on and on it goes.

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy Backing Iran Nuclear Weapons Deal

August 31, 2015
Rep. Joe Kennedy III during a 2013 Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing for his cousin, Caroline Kennedy, to be ambassador to Japan. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is backing the nuclear deal with Iran, joining a majority of the state’s all-Democratic congressional delegation in supporting the international agreement.

On Alaska Visit, Obama To Highlight Climate Change

August 31, 2015
President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac to board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on August 31, 2015. Obama is heading for a three-day visit to Alaska. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

The visit is very much designed to highlight Alaska’s extraordinary scenery and the already-visible effects of climate change there.

Corruption Scandal Rocks Guatemala

August 31, 2015
Guatemalans celebrate the recommendation from a legislative commission to revoke the presidential immunity of President Otto Perez Molina, in Guatemala City on August 29, 2015. The process against Perez Molina is similar to impeachment and could lead to criminal charges. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of people have filled the streets of the Guatemalan capital in recent days, demanding the president’s resignation.

Sanders Closes In On Clinton In Iowa

August 31, 2015
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (left) and Bernie Sanders (right) are pictured speaking at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting on August 28, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

A new poll shows Bernie Sanders gaining ground against Hillary Clinton in Iowa.

Looking Past A Shooting At American Gun Culture

August 31, 2015
A television photographer takes video of a memorial for the two slain journalist in front of the studios of WDBJ-TV7 in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from the station were killed during a live broadcast Wednesday.  (AP)

Lessons from the Roanoke TV shootings. We’ll look at the way forward with the New York Times’ Nick Kristof and other top thinkers.

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