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Pakistani Journalists Divided Over Whether Government Perks Cloud Their Autonomy

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:44pm

Pakistan's journalists have a proud history of standing up to power at great personal sacrifice. Yet most are also happy to accept massively discounted plots of prime real estate from the government.

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Obama Orders 450 Troops To Help Iraq Fight Self-Declared Islamic State

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:44pm

The United States will send an additional 450 troops to Iraq to act as trainers. The move comes not as a change in policy, but to speed up training and equipping of Sunni soldiers in Anbar province.

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As White House Time Winds Down, Michelle Obama Speaks Openly About Race

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:44pm

In a speech to the 2015 graduates of King College Prep High School in Chicago, Michelle Obama talked candidly about race and how it marked her life. Mrs. Obama has become more outspoken on the issue.

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Bernie Sanders: 'We Are The Underdog'

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 3:39pm

The presidential candidate, who has emerged as the leading critic to Hillary Clinton, sat down with WAMU's Diane Rehm to talk about his campaign, policies and his chances.

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Jeb Bush And Florida's "Scarlet Letter Law," Explained

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 2:56pm

While Jeb Bush was governor, Florida had a law requiring some women to list their sexual encounters in the newspaper. What's the controversy all about, and what did Bush have to do with it, exactly?

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Some Insured Patients Still Skipping Care Because Of High Costs

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 1:55pm

Research shows that, even with health insurance, many people put off expensive surgery, medicine and tests because they can't afford the high deductibles or copays. A few states hope to change that.

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After Nearly 30 Years, Librarian Of Congress Is Calling It Quits

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:41pm

James Billington helped usher the world's largest library into the digital age. The Library of Congress says he will step down on Jan. 1, 2016.

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Obama Authorizes Deploying Up To 450 More Troops To Iraq

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 6:02am

The troops would beef up the effort to train more Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State. Some 3,000 American troops are already in Iraq to provide security or to train and advise Iraqi forces.

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In Berlin, Jeb Bush Calls On Russia To Respect Ukraine's Sovereignty

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:03am

Jeb Bush is expected to announce his 2016 presidential bid this week — though he has been acting a lot like a candidate for many months now. That includes a trip to Europe.

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Former House Speaker Hastert Pleads Not Guilty In Hush Money Case

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 4:03am

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert is accused by federal prosecutors of illegally structuring bank withdrawals to evade reporting requirements, and then lying about it to the FBI.

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Obama Defends Health Care Law As Supreme Court Ruling Nears

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:30pm

President Obama defends the health care reform law as the Supreme Court prepares to issue a ruling in a case that could dismantle it. The law still remains controversial politically.

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Dennis Hastert Investigation 'Undoubtedly Began' With The Banks

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:30pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Jeffrey Toobin, a staff writer for The New Yorker, about the legal logic of the case against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

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After Bad Experience At VA Hospital, Congressman Works To Fix The System

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:24pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Seth Moulton, a former Marine and congressman who is trying to fix the Veterans Affairs health system.

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Bush Talks Tough Against Russia In First Foreign Address

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 4:19pm

The likely 2016 GOP presidential contender also pushed for increased U.S. trade relations in the region.

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Dennis Hastert Pleads Not Guilty In Federal Court

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:23pm

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert plead not guilty in federal court Tuesday on charges he violated banking laws and lied about it to the FBI.

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New Jersey's Top Court Rules In Favor Of Gov. Christie On Pensions

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:23pm

New Jersey's highest court ruled Tuesday that Gov. Chris Christie does not have to pay more money into the state's pension funds.

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Jeb Bush Visits Europe Ahead Of Presidential Campaign Announcement

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:23pm

Soon-to-be presidential candidate Jeb Bush is in Europe this week, burnishing his foreign policy credentials. At an economic conference in Berlin Tuesday, Bush said the U.S. and its allies need to be clear about the consequences if Russia fails to respect the sovereignty of its neighbors.

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No Winner In Sight As Forces Fighting In Syria Weaken

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:23pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Lina Khatib, director of the Carnegie Middle East Center, about the state of play in Syria.

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Advocates Push To Bring Solitary Confinement Out Of The Shadows

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:10pm

Some big states have been moving to limit the numbers of people they send to solitary but officials say it's necessary to maintain control and, in some cases, protect the prisoners themselves.

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Abortion Restriction Law Is Backed By Federal Court In Texas

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 1:52pm

A federal appeals court has backed key parts of Texas' controversial 2013 law that critics say would put some clinics at risk of closing.

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