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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. economy has not yet fully recovered. Now two economists have come up with new evidence about what's holding the economy back.
 
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July 24, 2014 | NPR · On Capitol Hill, dogs and their handlers have made the case that all U.S. military dogs should be brought home from war — and treated with the respect they've earned on the battlefield.
 
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July 24, 2014 | NPR · Dozens of children have filed complaints saying they were subjected to inhumane treatment at Border Patrol stations. The complaints center on the holding cells, referred to as "freezers" by migrants.
 

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July 24, 2014 | NPR · A United Nations school, which was being used to shelter displaced Gazans awaiting evacuation, came under fire from a missile or shelling. The attack reportedly killed 15 people. Palestinian officials blame Israeli shelling; Israel says it may have been Hamas rockets that fell short of their target.
 
July 24, 2014 | NPR · The war in Gaza is unfolding between Israel and Hamas, but the Palestinian Authority, based in the West Bank, is also involved in efforts to end the fighting. The Palestine Liberation Organization's diplomatic representative to the U.S., Maen Areikat, speaks with Robert Siegel about the causes of the conflict and the possible consequences of a cease-fire.
 
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July 24, 2014 | NPR · If no contract deal is reached by July 31, Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers to plan for a work stoppage the next day.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Scott Simon talks with David Herzsenhorn of The New York Times about the latest developments in Ukraine, where a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was downed on Thursday, killing 298 people.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from correspondent Corey Flintoff at the site of last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Eastern Ukraine.
 

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Jun 19, 2013 — Sadly, this week's ScuttleButton is the last time it will appear on the NPR Web site. Contact Ken Rudin at kenpr13@gmail.com to learn about the future of Political Junkie and the button puzzle.
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Jun 11, 2013 — The real question about sending in this week's ScuttleButton answer is whether the NSA will see it before Ken Rudin does.
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Jun 4, 2013 — Let's just see if the Chinese can hack into the answer to this week's ScuttleButton puzzle.
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May 29, 2013 — The nomination of E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor of Virginia has excited movement conservatives, who love his no-holds-barred rhetoric. Democrats are also pleased with his nomination, arguing that he can help turn moderate swing voters away from the GOP.
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May 29, 2013 — If ScuttleButton disappears from this Web site, how will you cope? Sign up now for the Political Junkie mailing list in order to be informed where these delightful features end up.
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May 22, 2013 — I'm hoping the administration won't go through my personal e-mails to reveal the answer to this week's ScuttleButton puzzle. Hopefully they'll wait a week, like everyone else.
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May 21, 2013 — After eight years of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles voters will pick a, shall we say, more charismatically-challenged successor.
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May 15, 2013 — President Obama says we don't have time to be playing these kinds of political games. Was he talking about Benghazi or ScuttleButton?
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May 8, 2013 — Seriously, who cares about the Jodi Arias verdict when there's a new ScuttleButton puzzle to be solved? Actually, even if there weren't a new ScuttleButton puzzle.
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May 7, 2013 — History says that if a sitting vice president wants to succeed his retiring boss, the nomination is usually his. Think: Nixon '60, Humphrey '68, Bush '88, Gore '00. But history may not help Joe Biden in 2016.
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