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August 28, 2014 | NPR · James Tomsheck was pushed out of his job as internal affairs chief for Customs and Border Protection in June. He warns the agency has become a paramilitary organization with little accountability.
 
August 28, 2014 | NPR · U.S. and Russian experts recently met on neutral territory, on an island in Finland, to try to work through issues that have been building up ever since Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry's fight against the foodborne pathogen.
 

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August 27, 2014 | NPR · The end of August heralds the start to the final phase of the 2014 election season. As primaries wrap up and candidates ready themselves for November, NPR's Charlie Mahtesian lays out the political landscape.
 
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August 27, 2014 | NPR · Across the nation, state legislators are gearing up for Election Day. And they're well aware that their fates could be tied to national political forces like the president's low approval rating.
 
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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Aug 28, 2014 — Also: Leslie Jamison on a lonely whale; Ben Lerner on writing fiction.
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Aug 28, 2014 — Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer has just written his first graphic novel, the noirish Kill My Mother. Reviewer Alan Cheuse is discovering graphic novels equally late, but still finds it a good read.
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Aug 28, 2014 — Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she has put fiction on hold.
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Aug 28, 2014 — This Thursday is comics legend Jack Kirby's birthday; the creator of Captain America would have been 97. Comics stores and creators all over the country are hosting celebrations in his honor.
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Aug 27, 2014 — Also: Kobo will release a waterproof e-reader; new poems from Idra Novey and Marylen Grigas.
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Aug 27, 2014 — John Scalzi's new Lock In is a successful genre mashup that balances the needs of a police procedural (dead body, damaged detective) with those of a science fiction yarn (hard-core world building).
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Aug 26, 2014 — Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."
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Aug 26, 2014 — Also: a lively defense of the font Comic Sans; Elissa Schappell on finding her muse.
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Aug 26, 2014 — David Mitchell's new novel, The Bone Clocks, mixes fantasy and literary fiction in a decades-spanning saga of ordinary people who get caught up in a war between two factions of ancient near-immortals.
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Aug 26, 2014 — Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, is a story of suffering centered on an ex-pirate and his daughter just after the American Revolution. It's flawed, but a worthwhile read.
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