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It's 40 years to the day since the US Supreme Court ruled that a woman has a constitutional right to abortion. We look at life before and after Roe v. Wade and update America's most bitter cultural controversy. Also, the Senate returns today to busy week in Congress, and documentary evidence of a sex-abuse cover-up at the highest level — this time in the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles — America's largest.

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Making News Senate Returns Today to Busy Week in Congress 7 MIN, 42 SEC

The first tests of President Obama's second term are coming soon, in both the House and the Senate. Ed O'Keefe is congressional reporter for the Washington Post.

Ed O'Keefe, Washington Post (@edatpost)

Main Topic Roe v. Wade: Still Fighting after All These Years 34 MIN, 18 SEC

When the Supreme Court legalized abortion 40 years ago today, it may have settled the law, but it started the most bitter of all the battles in America's ongoing culture war. Roe v. Wade pitted a woman's right to choose against the right of a fetus to live, an issue that divides America. Although controversy continues, that's still the law of the land, so much so that a new generation takes it for granted. Polls show a majority still supports legal abortion, but in some states it's harder and harder to get one. We look at that paradox and update the current strategies of both sides.

Carole Joffe, University of California, Davis (@carolejoffe)
David Gibson, Religion News Service (@gibsonwrites)
Katrina Trinko, National Review Online (@KatrinaTrinko)
Michelle Movahed, Center for Reproductive Rights (@ReproRights)
Ron Brownstein, Atlantic / CNN (@RonBrownstein)

Reporter's Notebook Files Point to Child Sex Abuse Cover-up at LA Archdiocese 9 MIN, 2 SEC

Fifteen years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Roger Mahony, then Archbishop of America's largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese, plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement. That's according to new evidence reported today by the Los Angeles Times. Mahony renewed his public apologies yesterday for what he called, “ignorance, bad decisions and moral failings” he said he did not recognize until visiting with sex-abuse victims in 2006. Ashley Powers is part of the Times team that overcame efforts by the Archdiocese of Los Angels to keep records secret. Michael Rezendes was lead reporter on the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning team that uncovered sex abuse among priests in Boston ten years ago.

Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times (@ashleypowers)
Michael Rezendes, Boston Globe (@RezGlobe)

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