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ATF Works To Slow Flow Of Weapons Across The Border

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

By one estimate there are nearly 300,000 guns in Mexico, and most of those guns came from north of the border. The U.S. has taken steps aimed at slowing gun smugglers, especially since the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives scandal. But are those changes working?

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Democrats: GOP's Benghazi Probes Are Wasteful, Politically Motivated

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

A year and a half after the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, Democrats in Congress have a message for their Republican colleagues: Enough with the investigations, already. Citing millions of dollars spent already, they argue politics is not a good reason to spend millions more.

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Ashraf Ghani Is Among Leading Candidates Vying For Afghan Presidency

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

In Afghanistan, campaigning for the presidential election is over and polls open on Saturday. The is first time Afghans will see one elected president hand over power to another. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne is in Afghanistan following the top candidates who are most likely to take the place of President Hamid Karzai.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

Linda Wertheimer and Steve Inskeep have the Last Word in business.

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Odds Aren't Improving For Long-Term Unemployed Workers

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

Monthly employment numbers will be released on Friday. Now matter what the numbers say, there will still be a huge number of people who have been out of work for six months or more. To find out more about the long-term unemployed, Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributor to "The Wall Street Journal."

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Amazon Unveils Fire TV, Its Video Streaming Device

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

Amazon is making an aggressive move toward your living room TV with a new video-streaming device. Amazon Fire TV joins a crowded field of devices vying for the same spot.

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Business News

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

Steve Inskeep has business news.

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Arabs In Israel Contemplate Borders Of Palestinian State

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

Mideast peace talks pushed by the U.S. could include a borderline that leaves some Arabs, who are in Israel as part of a minority of non-Jewish Israeli citizens, into a new Palestinian state. The idea has gotten mixed reactions from Arab Israelis.

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To Broaden Appeal, Afghan Candidates Make Surprising Choices

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

The three leading candidates in Afghanistan's presidential election Saturday are all urbane, Westernized men who usually wear suits. Yet their running mates range from notorious warlords to a woman.

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W.Va. Political Shift Changes Fundamentals Of Government

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

Linda Wertheimer talks to Evan Osnos about his New Yorker piece in which he explores how the coal industry has become a political player in the state, and what that could mean for future regulation.

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4 Dead, Including Shooter, At Army's Fort Hood

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

A soldier who was undergoing assessment to determine whether he had post-traumatic stress disorder opened fire on Wednesday at the base. Four people are dead including the shooter, who killed himself.

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Labor Ruling May Be Tipping Point For College Sports

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

Last week, a National Labor Relations Board ruling gave football players at Northwestern University the right to unionize. Northwestern is challenging the decision. The NCAA supports the appeal.

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Court's Decision Will Encourage Joint Fundraising Committees

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down limits on how much a single individual can give in total to candidates and parties. The ruling could give wealthy donors even more influence in elections.

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High Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

The Supreme Court on Wednesday took out a major pillar of campaign finance limits. The justices ruled a donor may give the maximum amount to as many federal candidates or committees as they wish.

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Fort Hood Suffers Another Shooting Tragedy

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:42am

Military officials say a soldier opened fire at the base killing three people before taking his own life. A senior officer says the shooter was being assessed for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part Of Campaign Finance Law

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:03pm

By a 5-4 vote, the justices eliminated the cap on the total amount donors can contribute in an election cycle. The aggregate limit had been $123,000.

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Suicide Bomber Targets Afghan Police

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 11:56am

In the Afghan capital Kabul, a suicide bomber wearing a police uniform walked up to a checkpoint outside the headquarters of the Interior Ministry and killed several members of the national police.

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Hockey Players Suspended But Not For Fighting

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:23am

It looked like two players in the Federal Hockey League were going to fight. Instead, they hugged and pulled out a beer. Cool stunt, except for the league suspended them.

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Which 'Morning Edition' Story Was The Joke?

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:19am

It was such an odd day of news on Tuesday that people wrote asking which of our stories was the April Fool's joke? Hint: It was the one about the cat.

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Protesters Fault Taiwan For Trade Deal With China

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:13am

Taiwanese students have demonstrated against a trade agreement between Taiwan and China. The protesters see the pact as another step toward economic absorption into mainland China.

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