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July 29, 2014 | NPR · House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about tenure protections and who gets them.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
 

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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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Apr 11, 2013 — The rapper and his wife, Beyonce, were criticized by politicians for taking a trip to Cuba. The White House dismissed the song saying, "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury."
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Feb 26, 2013 — The relationship between Art and Science is much debated. Commentator Adam Frank says the tight connection between these seemingly different worlds can be seen clearly in the eye-catching work of pop icon Beyoncé. You just have to know what you're looking for.
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Jan 23, 2013 — Listen closely and you can hear two Beyonces, an audio engineer says. One who seemed to be singing live and another on a pre-recorded track.
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Jan 22, 2013 — The U.S. Marine Band accompanying her was pre-recorded, but after conflicting reports, there's burning debate as to whether Beyonce sang live.
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Aug 29, 2011 — The singer stole the show at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards when she revealed that she and husband Jay-Z are expecting a child.
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Apr 23, 2009 — Don't worry. Beyonce can sing.
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