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CNN Radio News Day: March 15, 2013
Former US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013
March 15th, 2013
04:34 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: March 15, 2013

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

  • Drones. You've probably heard a lot about them in the news lately, with congressional hearings, reports, and a presidential nominee's confirmation delayed over questions – about drones. Their use has long been a controversial part of America's fight against terror. CNN recently had exclusive access to a fact-finding trip by a United Nations human rights official who's investigating the human toll of drone strikes in Pakistan. CNN's Saima Mohsin is in Islamabad and sat-in on meetings with drone victims:

""What struck me the most during this time spent with the drone effectees and victims, was how far-reaching the impact of this drone campaign has been. People haven't been just physically affected, but psychologically affected."

  • Ohio Senator Rob Portman is a Republican who has now changed his hardline position against same-sex marriage. He told CNN's Dana Bash that he did this because his son is gay:

"I'm announcing today a change of heart, on an issue that a lot of people feel strongly about, it has to do with gay couple's opportunity to marry"

  • Sequestration is hitting the military hard. This month, $85 billion in automatic military spending cuts officially began. Soldiers are used to being prepared, but these cuts hit military families and communities right in the pocketbook. Earlier this week, Marine Corps Commander James Amos said this to his fellow marines:

"If you understand what's going-on and you understand all that we're trying to do to maintain the very essence of why America has a Marine Corps, then you're more apt to understand when I ask you to save every round, every gallon of gas that you take, every single aspect or opportunity in training to get the most bang for the buck. This is no time to do business as usual. Things have changed..."

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