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  • For Wisconsin Voters, Recall Day Is Here
    Republican Gov. Scott Walker faces Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall election Tuesday that has attracted a lot of outside money. The attempt to remove Walker came after he successfully pushed to limit collective bargaining rights for public sector unions.
  • After 47 Years In Congress, Conyers Faces New Day
    Congressional incumbents typically have a big advantage come election time. But Michigan Democrat John Conyers — the second-most senior member of the U.S. House — faces a newly redrawn congressional district and the toughest re-election campaign of his political career.
  • What China's Thinkers Need Most Is Also Most Elusive
    Chinese artist Yang Weidong has devoted the past four years to asking more than 300 Chinese intellectuals a deceptively simple question: "What do you need?" The resounding answer is "freedom." The results reflect both a sense of crisis and progress, in that such criticism can be openly voiced.
  • Splish Splat? Why Raindrops Don't Kill Mosquitoes
    Imagine how tough life would be if raindrops weighed 3 tons apiece as they fell out of the sky at 20 mph. That's how raindrops look to a mosquito, yet a raindrop weighing 50 times more than one can hit the insect and the mosquito will survive.
  • 'GMA' Makes Morning Show Ratings Competitive
    There is a big shift going on in morning television. For the first time in 16 years, NBC's Today Show is not the undisputed ratings powerhouse. TV Critic Eric Deggans says ABC's Good Morning America is doing something that seemed unthinkable for more than a decade: it is rocking Today off its pedestal. Deggans is the TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times.
  • Trey Parker Pokes Fun At Digital Entertainment
    Trey Parker, a creator of the animated comedy series South Park, spoke in Los Angeles at the big E-3 video game industry conference Monday.
  • Tunisian Women Turn Revolution Into Opportunity
    In the year since Tunisia touched off the Arab Spring, women have assumed a number of high-profile positions. As part of his Revolutionary Road Trip across North Africa, Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep looks at how the roles of women are changing.
  • Disney To Restrict Junk Food Ads
    Disney comes out with nutritional standards for food advertised across its platforms Tuesday. The company has taken flack for contributing to the obesity epidemic by airing ads for junk food that targets kids.
  • Obama Courts Female Voters With Fair Pay Bill
    The Senate votes Tuesday on the Paycheck Fairness Bill. The legislation is supposed to make it easier for employees to challenge pay discrimination. The bill is unlikely to pass the Senate, but if it does, it probably will die in the Republican-controlled House.
  • Heralded Facebook Shares Fail To Impress
    Facebook's stock price continues to tumble after its tumultuous IPO. Shares are down more than 25 percent since the opening day of trading last month. This all comes as more analysts question if Facebook can generate advertising revenues to justify its lofty valuation.

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