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The Challenges Behind Accurate Opinion Polls

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:02am

This week's stunning defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor came after his internal polls showed him winning — instead he lost by double digits.

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Ruby Dee, Actress And Civil Rights Activist, Dies at 91

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:02am

Ruby Dee grew up writing poetry in Harlem and went on to become a playwright, activist, journalist and one of the most prominent actresses of her time.

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Brazil Gets World Cup Started With 3-1 Win Over Croatia

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:02am

The 2014 World Cup is officially underway. Before the opening game, there were several protests around the country. But the revelry and excitement after the match captured the most attention.

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Taliban Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Was To Be Part Of Bigger Deal

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:02am

The exchange of detainees for Bowe Bergdahl was supposed to be part of a bigger peace process. Renee Montagne talks to Marc Grossman, former U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Afghans To Decide Successor To Karzai On Saturday

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 4:02am

Renee Montagne talks to Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan presidential frontrunner. Abdullah faces a runoff with Ashraf Ghani to determine who will succeed embattled Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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Remembering A Civil Rights Swim-In: 'It Was A Milestone'

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 2:04am

Fifty years ago, J.T. Johnson and Al Lingo jumped into a whites-only pool in Florida as part of a civil rights protest. They were taken to jail — after the hotel owner poured acid into the water.

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Uruguay Soccer Legend Left Off World Cup Guest List

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 5:58am

Alcides Ghiggia is normally invited to the opening match of the World Cup but he wasn't this year. He scored the winning goal against Brazil in 1950, the last time Brazil hosted the tournament.

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University Of Virginia Professor To Be Poet Laureate

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 5:19am

The Library of Congress is expected to announce on Thursday that Charles Wright, 78, of the University of Virginia will be the nation's next poet laureate.

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One Day, World Cup May Be Out Of This World

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:58am

At a news conference on Wednesday, FIFA President Sepp Blatter said, "We shall wonder if one day our game is played on other planets."

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Islamist Militants Gain Ground In Northern Iraq

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:21am

Sunni Islamist militants have seized control of the Iraqi cities of Mosul and Tikrit and appear to be preparing an assault on Baghdad. Americans fought and died trying to prevent that from happening.

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Fear Index Rate Reflects Investor Boredom

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am

An economic indicator commonly called the "Fear Index" is hitting lows not seen since before the financial crisis. Our Planet Money team investigates.

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Senate Version Adds Costs To VA Overhaul Measure

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. The measure is close enough to a version already passed by the House that it could reach the president's desk soon.

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Tea Party Candidate Uses Immigration Issue To Beat Cantor

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am

Already dim prospects for an immigration overhaul got even dimmer after Republican House Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary this week. What does this mean for Republicans going forward?

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White House Urges Dads To Join Work-Life Balance Conversation

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am

Dads are getting more involved in their kids' lives. David Greene talks to Doyin Richards who blogs at Daddydoinwork.com and Gene Demby of our Code Switch team, which focuses on race and other issues.

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Chinese Soccer Fans Sick Over World Cup Time Difference

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am

Need time off from work to watch soccer? If you're in China, problem solved. Online stores can provide fake doctor's notes — even extensive falsified medical records to get you days of sick leave.

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Brazil's Team Favored To Win Problem-Ridden World Cup

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am

The World Cup kicks off in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Thursday with the host country playing Croatia. Fans and organizers hope attention on the games will overtake the numerous problems.

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The Last Word In Business

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am

David Greene and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.

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Hagel Defends Bergdahl Exchange Before House Panel

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explained why the Obama administration agreed to swap five top Taliban leaders for the release of an Army enlisted man, who willingly left his post in Afghanistan.

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Study: Climate Change Is A Growing Threat To Corn Production

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am

Volatile weather has led to supply and price shocks that have rippled through 16 industries dependent on corn. From the meat industry to the ethanol industry, prices are higher for consumers.

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'Lego Movie' Caught In Amazon's Battle With Warner Home Video

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 4:12am

In much the same way it's fighting with publisher Hachette, Amazon is battling with Warner Home Video over terms for its DVD releases. Amazon is denying advance orders of The Lego Movie.

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