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CNN Radio News Day: March 11, 2013
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - MARCH 11: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel steps aboard a C-17 military aircraft as he prepares to return to Washington on March 11, 2013 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hagel ended his three day visit to Afghanistan on Monday, his first as Secretary of Defense. (Photo by Jason Reed-Pool/Getty Images)
March 11th, 2013
04:52 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: March 11, 2013

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  • In Afghanistan, violence and rhetoric came face-to-face during the weekend visit of new U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. A 'green-on-blue' attack today killed several coalition soldiers, including two Americans. It followed a Saturday bomb blast in Kabul that killed more than a dozen people. The Taliban took responsibility. Afghan president Hamid Karzai pointed to that Saturday attack as what he claims is proof the U.S. is working with the Taliban to make the country seem more violent than it is, all in order to justify staying in the country longer than next year's planned withdrawal of troops. Tom Gouttierre directs of the Center for Afghanistan Studies at University of Nebraska-Omaha:

"Much of what president Karzai is dealing with is his own political situation. And in that kind of a situation, there are difficulties to deal with."

  • Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, sparked controversy with a new book. The mother of two has written a book that challenges the role of women in the workplace, saying women aren't doing enough to reach their potential. She tells CBS's "60 Minutes" women are partly to blame for their lack of progress – instead of chasing promotions, many find reasons to hold themselves back. But for working moms like Keisha Hodges of Atlanta, fighting guilt is the big challenge to trying to have it all:

"For me I'm trying to be a great lawyer but I'm trying to be a great mother as well, and sometimes the two aren't really consistent or don't fully align."

  • Gay marriage has now been legal in Iowa for four years. The state was the third in the country to allow same-sex couples to wed after its supreme court ruled the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. The best evidence so far of  how Iowa has changed in the last four years may come from former state senator Jeff Angelo. He originally supported the ban, but in the last few years has completely reversed his position:

"Most of our small towns have people in them that are gay, and live peaceful lives, they are not made to feel like outsiders. And so what occurred to me was the political debate didn't really match up with what was going on in Iowa communities."

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  1. are122

    I'd like to listen to news during the day while I work. 4:30 too late.

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