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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.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Washington Post reporter Liz Sly tells Renee Montagne that U.S. arms may be flowing to moderate Syrian rebels, but the aid seems to be too little too late to affect the course of the civil war.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.
 

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July 29, 2014 | KERA · After caring for Ebola patients for several months in West Africa, Dr. Kent Brantly noticed last week that he had symptoms. The 33-year-old immediately put himself into a Liberian isolation ward.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Virologist Thomas Geisbert has spent decades studying Ebola and other hemorrhagic fevers. He speaks to Audie Cornish about the current Ebola outbreak, the worst in history, and how it might be contained this time around.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · The Eid festival, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, serves as a time for visiting relatives and exchanging gifts. But one family's holiday in Gaza traces the death and displacement wrought by the war between Hamas and Israel.
 

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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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Jul 16, 2014 — Citing a list of grievances, some conservative advocates have been raising the possibility of impeaching President Obama. But the calls have become routine in the second term of the modern presidency.
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Jul 11, 2014 — While House Republicans move ahead with their lawsuit alleging executive branch overreach, Obama is using the challenge to score political points of his own.
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Jun 28, 2014 — Lately, President Obama has increasingly shown signs he's feeling claustrophobic in the presidential bubble.
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Jun 17, 2014 — As president, Barack Obama has traveled to 46 of the 50 states. He has yet to visit Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah — all states he lost by a big margin in 2012.
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Jun 6, 2014 — Which countries has President Obama visited the most during his presidency? France and Mexico. His current visit to France is his fifth as president.
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May 29, 2014 — The president knows America is deeply disillusioned with foreign wars and moves that seem to lead to them. "Just because we have the best hammer does not mean that every problem is a nail," he said.
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May 20, 2014 — After late wrangling that included a threat to withdraw his guilty plea and an offer to eat poison in a sandwich, J. Everett Dutschke accepted a 25-year prison sentence.
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Jan 30, 2014 — Obama's aggressive use of executive orders is nothing new, either for him or for the presidency in general. But his decision to craft policies on his own is already getting congressional pushback.
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Jan 29, 2014 — President Obama described the state as "not the most liberal part of the country." In fact, Kentucky gives him lower approval ratings than all but seven other states. Yet the state's Democratic governor has pushed Obama's priorities on health and education more successfully than most other governors.
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Jan 29, 2014 — ANALYSIS: The president was brisk and confident during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. He also managed to avoid a remarkable array of issues that could have proved problematic. But he hasn't been nearly as adept at the less-dramatic business of dealing with Congress and the media.
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