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Politics In The News

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:09am

Is Vice President Joe Biden looking for a job upgrade? Recent activities suggest he may be interested in running for president.

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After Stocks Plunged More Than 530 Points On Friday, What's Next?

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:09am

Investors were surprised by the triple-digit loss in U.S. stocks. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.

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Over The Last 9 Years, The U.S. Successfully Dodges Major Hurricanes

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:09am

As we head deeper into hurricane season, there's evidence the U.S. is on a lucky streak: no major hurricanes have made landfall since 2005. The last time that happened Abraham Lincoln was president.

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Sanders' Presidential Campaign Could 'Bern-Out' In The Palmetto State

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 4:08am

Bernie Sanders spent the weekend campaigning in South Carolina. The state's Democratic base is mostly black. The crowds he drew were predominantly white.

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Amid Backlash Against Isolating Inmates, New Mexico Moves Toward Change

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:47am

The heavy reliance on solitary confinement in New Mexico went unquestioned for decades. Now, the state is gradually shifting away from the practice, though it probably won't ever fade from the system.

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In New Memoir, Maria Tells Us How She Got, How She Got To 'Sesame Street'

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:45am

Sonia Manzano has spent 44 years as one of the lucky residents of Sesame Street. In her memoir she describes how, during her own difficult childhood in the South Bronx, she sought comfort in TV.

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Snooze Alert: A Sleep Disorder May Be Harming Your Body And Brain

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:39am

A lack of sleep can increase the risk of traffic accidents, heart attacks, diabetes and maybe even Alzheimer's disease, research suggests. Yet most people with sleep disorders don't get treatment.

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'A Mighty Fine Teacher': Hundreds Gather For Carter's Sunday School

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:31am

Former President Jimmy Carter regularly teaches Sunday school, and he's made it clear his cancer diagnosis won't change that. The small church he attends can't fit all who travel there to hear him.

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In Rome, Reported Mafia Don Has Lavish Funeral

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 6:28am

It included an antique horse-drawn carriage and rose petals dropped from a helicopter. Government officials were angry that this was the message sent as 60 alleged mafia members had trial dates set.

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Shooting Range To Add Restaurant That Sells Alcohol

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 5:53am

The owner tells WFTV in Daytona Beach, Fla., that no guns will be allowed in the restaurant. And people who've been drinking are banned from the range.

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Bumgarner Leads Trend: Big League Pitchers Who Can Hit

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:20am

Major League Baseball is dominated by specialists. Speedy players might enter a game just to run bases. And pitchers focus so much on throwing a baseball that they can't hit one. But that's where San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner upsets convention. He's hit 10 home runs in his career. David Greene talks to Giants' longtime broadcaster Jon Miller about Bumgarner and pitchers with bats.

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Social Scientists Develop Profile To Spot Likely Tax Evaders

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:20am

Research indicates companies with owners from countries that have been shown to have higher levels of corruption are more likely to evade taxes in the United States.

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Inside Iran: A Jewish Journalist's Exclusive Look

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:20am

Larry Cohler-Esses of The Forward traveled to Iran last month for a seven-day reporting trip, marking the first time a Jewish publication had been granted a journalism visa since the 1979 revolution.

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Virtual Summer Camp Uses 'Minecraft' To Teach Digital Skills

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:20am

While some kids go to summer camp, others opt for a virtual camp. It uses the Minecraft video game to teach engineering skills, basic coding and how to be a good citizen in the digital landscape.

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2 Female Graduates Set To Receive Army Ranger Tabs

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:20am

The two women who made it through the Army's notoriously grueling Rangers training program are set to graduate Friday — the first women ever to pass Ranger School.

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Fox News Chairman Ailes Forced To Steady Relationship With Trump

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:20am

Roger Ailes is used to having Republican politicians show deference to his channel but presidential candidate Donald Trump shows deference to pretty much no one — and that's scrambled the equation.

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How Marketing Machines Can Make Lousy Movies Financially Successful

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:20am

Our "Planet Money" team was puzzled when they discovered that by one measure the most profitable movie made in the last five years is also widely considered to be one of the worst.

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Smoke From Western Wildfires Drifts Eastward

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:20am

Thousands of families are have been forced out of their homes to escape hundreds of fires burning throughout the Northwest. But the fires aren't the only problem: It's also the smoke.

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China Is Weak And Bloated By Government Investment, Experts Say

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:20am

Steve Inskeep talks to Anne Stevenson-Yang, founder of J Capitol Research, and Patrick Chovanec, of Silvercrest Asset Management, about how the changes in China's economy are affecting U.S. business.

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Fact Check: Is Refinancing Student Debt Really Good Policy?

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 4:02am

Student loan debt is turning into a major campaign issue, and one solution many candidates can agree on is allowing graduates to refinance their student loans. But it may not be the best way to help.

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