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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.
An economic indicator commonly called the "Fear Index" is hitting lows not seen since before the financial crisis. Our Planet Money team investigates.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
David Greene and Renee Montagne have the Last Word in business.