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Do We Get the Government We Deserve?

Why many politicians love to evoke the states’ rights (and Elvis) when explaining their opposition to gay marriage.

Obviously a clear reason to oppose gay marriage?

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On The Gist, we talk about the weather. Then, Mary Lane from the Wall Street Journal will discuss the new show at the Detroit Institute of Arts called “30 Americans” on display through Jan. 18. Plus, author Amy Koppelman joins us to discuss her novels Hesitation Wounds and I Smile Back, which has recently been adapted into a film starring Sarah Silverman. For the Spiel, do a state’s laws always reflect the values of that state?

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