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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it's unclear what the mutations mean.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · Congressman and former Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discusses his new book, The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.
 

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August 29, 2014 | NPR · The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · An earthquake in Napa Valley this week brought back old fears for author Gustavo Arellano. In his anxiety he's revisiting the book A Crack in the Edge of the World.
 

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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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Arlen Specter

Dec 24, 2012 — George McGovern, Arlen Specter, Warren Rudman, Dan Inouye ... just some of the political giants who died in 2012. This week's super-sized Political Junkie column is dedicated to their memory.
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Oct 15, 2012 — Over the course of three decades in the Senate, Specter's vote could be one of the hardest to get, and often the vote that made the difference. He died Sunday at the age of 82.
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May 28, 2010 — If you're wondering how scary the anti-incumbent tide looks to incumbents, ask any U.S. senator on the ballot this year. But hurry, the species is endangered.
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May 19, 2010 — The Arlen Specter career in buttons, starting with his 1965 mayoral attempt in Philadelphia, continuing through his bid for governor, Senate and president.
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May 18, 2010 — Big news in Pennsylvania, as Rep. Joe Sestak has ousted five-term Sen. Arlen Specter in the Democratic primary. Plus: Democrats hold onto John Murtha's House seat in the 12th District.
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May 11, 2010 — In this year's Senate race in Pennsylvania, the president of the United States — Barack Obama — has endorsed incumbent Arlen Specter. Six years ago, another president — George W. Bush — endorsed Specter.
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May 10, 2010 — President Obama has nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Already Kagan is proving to be a potential issue in the 2010 midterm elections.
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May 5, 2010 — The two leading Democratic candidates for the Senate in Pennsylvania — incumbent Democrat Arlen Specter and primary challenter Joe Sestak — will be part of the Political Junkie segment on Talk of the Nation.
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Apr 28, 2009 — DEMOCRATIC Senator Arlen Specter, on Talk of the Nation...
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