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August 1, 2014 | NPR · Renee Montagne talks with the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, for the latest news about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
 
August 1, 2014 | NPR · CIA director John Brennan apologized to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who had accused the CIA of spying on her committee's computers. Brennan at first denied it.
 
August 1, 2014 | NPR · It's one of the most popular items, but often it seems to be as far as humanly possible from the entrance. The Planet Money team looks at two very different theories about why that is.
 

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August 1, 2014 | NPR · House Republicans are delaying their August recess, sticking around Washington to try passing a bill meant to address the border crisis. Democrats and President Obama have already voiced their opposition to the bill on the table.
 
August 1, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the beleaguered border bill in the House and the shattered cease-fire in Gaza.
 
August 1, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Gaza took an ominous turn Friday, as a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire fell apart within 90 minutes and the Israeli military announced its belief that one of its soldiers was captured by Hamas militants.
 

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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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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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Politics as Pop Culture

Mar 6, 2014 — When something scary happens, sometimes the only thing people know what to do is make jokes. Yesterday, they got a little help from Patrick Stewart.
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Feb 6, 2014 — Sure, the instinctive response might be tittering when an American Idol runner-up runs for Congress, but we've got a long and storied history of just this kind of thing. Why not this guy?
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Feb 13, 2013 — Sen. Marco Rubio had a tough moment Tuesday night when dry mouth intruded on his response to the State of the Union. But in all honesty, the unplanned nature of any little mistake has a certain appeal.
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Jan 21, 2013 — The inaugural ball is sort of a strange event — it's not really fancy, but everyone treats it like it is. People are determined to have the experience be special, even if the surroundings aren't.
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Jan 20, 2013 — Michelle Obama's bangs recently caused a stir, and so did Kate Middleton's. But surprisingly enough, some of the conflicting, complex expectations of first ladies aren't all that different from those of modern royalty.
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Oct 29, 2012 — Elizabeth Blair finds that presidential impersonations came and went and then came back again, but it's not always easy to find just the right angle on a sitting president — or a challenger.
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Aug 27, 2012 — A new film looking at a possible second term for President Barack Obama is already the sixth-highest-grossing political documentary of all time.
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Jun 1, 2012 — Yesterday, John Edwards became the latest political figure to talk about taking full responsibility for his actions without explaining much about what that might entail.
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Apr 22, 2012 — Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns to series television in Veep Sunday night on HBO. She talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about the frustrated vice president she plays, why you'll never see the president, and her career in comedy.
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Mar 9, 2012 — President Obama reportedly suggested a book for a possible film adaptation to Harvey Weinstein. But he's not the first president to get involved in Hollywood project planning.
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