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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- The acting commissioner of the IRS, already on his way out, got a grilling at a congressional hearing today. Steven Miller told a Republican-led panel that conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status were not deliberate targets of the agency. Instead, he said a huge increase in workload at the IRS led to "foolish mistakes." Miller was also quick to point-out Friday that President Obama had nothing to do with the goings-on at the IRS. Regardless, it's been a tough week for Mr. Obama, between this and other controversies taking-up his time. But Presidential historian Allan Lichtman puts it all into context:
"What was certainly one of the worst weeks for the Obama administration, but not the worst week Presidents have ever had."
- It used to be that if you were gay, you were considered mentally ill. Nothing's changed about the biological basis of homosexuality – what's changed is the culture. This the minefield of mental disorders as defined by the American Psychiatric Association. This weekend comes the release of the latest manual that re-draws the lines between being sick and just being human – it's called the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders," or, the "DSM 5." CNN's Libby Lewis reports even in its fifth edition, it's still quite controversial:
"It matters because insurance companies rely on the DSM to decide what's covered and what's not. Schools use it to decide which kids qualify for smaller classes or special help. Courts use it to decide whether somebody in trouble with the law should get a break. But these big decisions are based on a manual that's pretty much a set of educated guesses."
- Columbus, Ohio's WWCD-FM is one of just a handful of independent, major-market commercial music stations left in America. If the state of radio in the country seems bleak, that's not something you can sense when speaking to the staff at WWCD. From the on-air talent and sales folks to the station's president and general manager, Randy Malloy, the message at "The Alternative Station" is clear:
"I put a very cognizant plan in place to express to the world that, 'Hey we're here and we're not going anywhere!'"
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