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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 Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff. Two weeks ago, the group threatened to kill Sotloff in a video depicting the beheading of James Foley, another American journalist.
 
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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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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Nov 5, 2012 — What does one vote matter, your vote? Clearly the election is not going to turn on your individual action. So where does the motivation come from to get up out of your chair and head to the polling station? Commentator Tania Lombrozo digs into the psychology of our decision to vote, or not.
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Oct 9, 2012 — On many economic issues, there's a broad consensus among undecided voters.
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Sep 18, 2012 — The money was borrowed in August to pay for expenses before the Republican's presidential campaign can tap into general election dollars. The campaign collateralized the debt with $20 million of general election funds already in its bank account.
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Aug 27, 2012 — It's been many years since political conventions offered any real drama or suspense. Still, they're a nonpareil opportunity for partisans to unite and try to win over voters who are largely uninterested in the parties.
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Jul 24, 2012 — We revisit three radio pieces, on how blind trusts work, how the European Central Bank has been flexing its muscle, and why public pension plans are about to look less healthy.
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Feb 5, 2012 — Some highly improbable events lately have embarrassed the host states in the presidential nominating process, including Nevada, which held its caucus Saturday night.
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Jan 19, 2012 — Rick Perry garnered instant front-runner status in some polls when he joined the GOP presidential race. But he slid to the back of the pack after embarrassing debate performances. All along, his bid for the nomination seemed outsize. So, too, were the expectations, which ended Thursday.
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Jan 9, 2012 — On Tuesday night, New Hampshire voters could catapult Mitt Romney securely onto the path of the Republican nomination, or they could undercut the air of inevitability surrounding his campaign. The former Massachusetts governor is clearly expecting the catapult.
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Oct 12, 2008 — Columbus Day marked by celebration and reflection
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