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September 2, 2014 | NPR · At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The city's plan to restructure its debt has been praised as a creative way to protect both pensioners and its art museum. But some creditors — and residents — feel like they're being railroaded.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff, whom the group threatened to kill two weeks ago.
 
September 2, 2014 | NPR · In response to unrest in eastern Ukraine, NATO is considering forming a rapid reaction force — a topic that will be discussed at a summit this week in Wales. But how will Russia react, and is this the right move for the alliance? To learn more, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. Built to protect U.S. forces from roadside bomb blasts at war, these huge vehicles aren't always welcome.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian forces are defending the port city of Novoazovsk from what they say is a Russian invasion. Scott Simon talks to correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
 

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Visual Arts

Aug 14, 2014 — James Ostrer slathered himself and a few friends with cream cheese and then piled candy, doughnuts and fries on top. As he photographed these human sculptures, he found a sort of catharsis.
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Apr 19, 2014 — The pink on a flamingo? Stripes on a zebra? Spots on a giraffe? All explained. Simply. Elegantly. Oddly.
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Mar 27, 2014 — A lawyer for Cornelius Gurlitt, whose father was an art dealer in the Third Reich, says his client will begin with returning a valuable Matisse to the descendants of the Jewish owner.
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Feb 19, 2014 — The National Gallery of Art is named as a potential escape hatch for the oldest private art museum in Washington. The Corcoran Gallery has faced financial hurdles in recent years.
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Feb 19, 2014 — A photographer asked young folks in Asia to swap garb with their older relatives. The project explores the way that cultural and generational divides can be seen.
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Dec 22, 2013 — The artist Simon Beck creates outsize and beautiful patterns in the snow by walking many miles on snowshoes.
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Dec 4, 2013 — The sale of the famous painting of a woman and boy bowing their heads in prayer at a table in a bustling restaurant set a record for Rockwell's art.
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Nov 19, 2013 — After he ran out of food during Hurricane Sandy, New York artist Tattfoo Tan vowed to be better prepared for future climate-related disasters. His latest art installation features meals made from dehydrated vegetables that will last one year on the shelf.
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Nov 15, 2013 — Must an artist have actually painted a piece for it to be their work? Can a forger carry another artist's work forward? Commentator Alva No says questions of authorship are complicated and at the heart of an ongoing dialogue across the ages.
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Nov 12, 2013 — Artist Andy Warhol's iconic black-and-white painting of a Coke bottle hits the auction block at Christie's on Tuesday. It is expected to sell for more than $40 million.
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