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  • Afghan Election Tests Legitimate Voting
    Afghans go to the polls Saturday to vote for members of parliament. About 2,500 candidates are vying for 249 seats. A year ago, Afghanistan's presidential election emerged as an exercise in fraud and intimidation.
  • Census Data: 1 in 6 Americans Lacks Health Insurance
    The number of Americans without health insurance hit a record high in 2009. Supporters and opponents of the new health law are debating what the future holds for the uninsured.
  • Is the Tea Party Really A Grassroots Movement?
    The Tea Party movement has claimed a surprising number of victories in the primary season. Dave Levinthal, editor of the Open Secrets Blog for the Center for Responsive Politics, talks to Steve Inskeep about how the Tea Party is funded.
  • Calif. Blast Spotlights Nation's Aging Gas Lines
    The massive natural gas explosion in San Bruno, Calif., last week exposed a nationwide reality -- neighborhoods have been built on top of decades-old pipelines. In many cases, residents don't know of aging lines near or even under their homes until there's an incident.
  • Jewish Minority Is Influential In Iran
    The new book The Ayatollah's Democracy: An Iranian Challenge is an attempt to understand what's happening a year after Iran's disputed presidential election. It explores what Iran calls a democracy. Author Hooman Majd tells Steve Inskeep to prove a point, he met with members of one of Iran's minority groups: the country's estimated 25,000 Jews.
  • An Army Wife Reflects On Her Husband's Return
    Georgie Hanlin's husband spent last year in Afghanistan. His homecoming brought relief, but she still hasn't lost sight of life's fragility.
  • SEC To Make Harder For Banks To Hide Debt
    Federal regulators are trying to find a way to keep banks from temporarily hiding their debt. For instance, the failed Lehman Brothers bank once sold billions of dollars in mortgage securities -- only to buy the debt back after being inspected. The practice is legal but regulators say it can mislead investors about a bank's level of risk.
  • Survey: Number Of U.S. Millionaires Increases
    The poverty rate may be up, but so is the number of millionaires. A survey of U.S. households with "investible assets" of $1 million or more was up 8 percent in a year. It's a big increase, and brings the population of millionaires back to where it was in 2006.
  • Famous Mill Goes Away As King Cotton's Reign Fades
    After almost 150 years, the S.M. Whitney Co., run by descendants of cotton gin inventor Eli Whitney, will sell its last bale of cotton next week, marking a symbolic end to the reign of "King Cotton" in the South.
  • Food Resolution A Hot Potato In Idaho
    Idaho's state legislature was asked to support locally-grown food. The Idaho Potato Commission opposed the resolution. The head of the commission thinks everybody in the state should buy Idaho potatoes but they want people in every other state to buy them too. The resolution passed with a slight change. The word "Idaho" has replaced the word "local."

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