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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 | 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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Helen Thomas

Jul 20, 2013 — Thomas, who spent decades at the White House reporting for United Press International and later Hearst Newspapers, covered every president from Eisenhower to Obama.
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Jan 6, 2011 — Seven months after resigning from her post as a White House columnist for Hearst after saying that Israeli Jews should return "home" to Poland and Germany, the 90-year-old columnist is writing for a small newspaper in Northern Virginia.
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Dec 3, 2010 — Wayne State University discontinued the Helen Thomas award after new anti-Jewish comments. Thomas said Zionists "owned" Wall Street, the White House, Congress and Hollywood this week before a diversity conference.
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Jun 11, 2010 — Like Helen Thomas, many of us will be working far into advanced age.
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Jun 8, 2010 — NPR host and former Wall Street Journal White House correspondent Michel Martin says Helen Thomas always had her back.  But she says her recent comments about Israel went too far.
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Jun 7, 2010 — Helen Thomas, caught in a controversy over her statements about Israel and Palestine, has resigned from Hearst News Service.  The 89-year old Thomas has covered presidents going back to JFK.
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Aug 14, 2008 — White House reporter Helen Thomas has been on the beat for more than 60 years, and now filmmaker Rory Kennedy is asking her the questions.
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