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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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Sep 10, 2010 — On this day in 1968, Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York names a Republican, Congressman Charles Goodell, to replace the late Robert Kennedy, a Democrat, in the Senate. Kennedy was assassinated in June.
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Jul 20, 2010 — The Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court fell on strict party lines ... except for Sen. Lindsey Graham. The South Carolina Republican voted in her favor.
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Jul 20, 2010 — The West Virginia Legislature has passed a law allowing the state to hold a special Senate election this year to fill the seat of the late Robert Byrd. Gov. Joe Manchin (D), as expected, announced his candidacy today.
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Jul 19, 2010 — The West Virginia state Legislature failed to pass a bill calling for a special election to fill the late Robert Byrd's Senate seat this year. Gov. Joe Manchin (D) is now expected to call for one on his own.
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Jul 18, 2010 — Sen. John Cornyn, head of the Republican effort to recruit and fund GOP Senate candidates, says it may take two cycles — this year and 2012 — for his party to win a majority of seats.
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Jul 8, 2010 — West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin says he wants a special Senate election to take place this year, saying having an appointee in office for 2-1/2 years without input from the voters is too long.
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Jul 6, 2010 — On Tuesday, the late Sen. Robert Byrd will be buried. On Wednesday, West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin begins the process of naming a successor.
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Jul 1, 2010 — As Senator Robert Byrd lies in repose in the Senate chamber, a question: what is the difference between "lying in repose" and "lying in state"?
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Jun 29, 2010 — The office of the late Sen. Robert Byrd has released a schedule of his memorial service in both the Senate and West Virginia, with a burial in Virginia on Tuesday, July 6.
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Jun 28, 2010 — It's official: The Senate race to succeed Robert Byrd in West Virginia won't occur until 2012, when his term was expiring. There will be no special election in 2010.
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