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SXSW Pulls Sessions On Gaming Culture After Threats Of Violence

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

SXSW — the music and interactive media conference that takes place in Austin, Texas, each year — has a controversy on its hands. The organization has cancelled two sessions about sexism in video gaming culture because of threats of violence. Now the Internet news company BuzzFeed is threatening to pull out unless SXSW reverses its decision.

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White House Urges Congress To Approve 2-Year Budget Deal

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

NPR looks at the details of the Congressional budget deal reached Monday night — the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Defense Secretary Carter Vows To Step Up Campaign Against ISIS

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

With Russia entering the Syria battlefield and the first U.S. combat casualty in the fight against the Islamic State, Defense Secretary Ash Carter tells Congress the U.S. is stepping up its campaign against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. But Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford admits the effort to date has fallen short. And Carter, after considerable prodding, confirms a U.S. destroyer did enter waters China claims in the South China Sea.

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SXSW Pressured After Pulling Sessions On Gaming Culture

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

The organization canceled panels on harassment and Gamergate because of threats of violence. BuzzFeed and Vox say they will pull out of the conference unless SXSW reverses its decision.

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SXSW Pulls Sessions On Gaming Culture After Threats Of Violence

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

SXSW has cancelled two sessions about sexism in video gaming culture because of threats of violence. Now BuzzFeed is threatening to pull out unless SXSW reverses its decision.

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Doctors Without Borders Hospital Bombed In Yemen

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

A medical clinic for Doctors Without Borders was hit by an air strike in Yemen, where a Saudi-led offensive continues and conditions for civilians are getting dire.

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A Hot And Scarce Commodity: Scoring A Ticket To The Third GOP Debate

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:28pm

Republican presidential candidates meet for their next debate Wednesday in an 11,000 seat venue in Boulder, Colo. But only about a 1,000 of those seats will be filled, and it's a tough ticket to get.

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Got Corn? Ethanol Is No Longer King In Iowa Among Candidates

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 3:29am

Candidates' waning interest in the corn fuel shows that Iowa's role in shaping policy debates may be declining.

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White House And GOP Congressional Leaders Reach Budget Deal

Tue, 10/27/2015 - 1:06am

The deal increases spending for defense and domestic programs and raises the federal debt ceiling through March 2017. It now must be approved by both houses of Congress.

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White House, Congress Continue Negotiations On 2-Year Budget Deal

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 9:11pm

The White House and Congress are close to reaching a two-year plan to fund the government. NPR has the latest on what appears to be happening on Capitol Hill.

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Congress' Two Big Looming Fiscal Deadlines, Explained

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 5:05pm

The debt ceiling and budget deadlines are approaching at the same time. Here are the differences between the two.

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SuperPACs Spend Big In Philadelphia's Mayoral Race

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

SuperPACs aren't just for presidential and congressional candidates anymore. In cities across the country, the unlimited donation political committees are stepping into local politics.

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What Happens If Congress Doesn't Raise The Debt Ceiling?

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

Congress is running up against a deadline to raise the debt ceiling, and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew says that risks "manufacturing a crisis for our country." What is the debt ceiling anyway? And what happens if the U.S. hits it?

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Conservatives Gain Control Of Poland's Parliament In Historic Election

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

Poland's opposition party has won parliamentary elections. It's a historic win. The party will likely have enough seats to govern alone — something that hasn't happened since democracy was restored in the country in 1989. Martin Sobczyk of The Wall Street Journal explains how the win for the "Law and Justice" party also symbolizes a shift to the right.

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NPR Producer's Incorrect Answer To Final Jeopardy Goes Viral

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

NPR's Becky Sullivan was on Jeopardy! Friday, and her incorrect answer to Final Jeopardy went viral.

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University Of Mississippi Lowers State Flag In Debate Over Confederate Symbols

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

The University of Mississippi took down the state flag from its campus Monday. It follows a debate in the state about removing the Confederate battle flag from Mississippi's official flag.

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Fans Offer Legos To Ai Weiwei After Company Refuses To Donate Its Toy Bricks

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

The Internet has exploded in support of Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei after Lego refused to donate its toy bricks for an upcoming exhibition in Melbourne, Australia.

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Frustrated N.H. Voters Lean Toward Outsider Presidential Candidates

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:25pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to several New Hampshire voters who are backing or open to backing the three top GOP candidates who have never held any elective office: Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson. NPR explores what pushed them towards these candidates.

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White House, Congress Nearing 2-Year Budget Deal

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:05pm

The White House and congressional leaders are hoping to clinch as early as Monday a two-year budget deal that sets spending limits for the Pentagon and domestic programs.

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Voters In Poland, Guatemala And Argentina Surprise Establishment Candidates

Mon, 10/26/2015 - 3:01pm

Polish and Guatemalan voters have decisively rejected their current leadership, while Argentina is headed for a run-off. Candidates from the right won in Switzerland.

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