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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff. Two weeks ago, the group threatened to kill Sotloff in a video depicting the beheading of James Foley, another American journalist.
 
September 2, 2014 | NPR · In response to unrest in eastern Ukraine, NATO is considering forming a rapid reaction force — a topic that will be discussed at a summit this week in Wales. But how will Russia react, and is this the right move for the alliance? To learn more, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.
 
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Ronald Reagan

Aug 4, 2014 — An NPR newscaster who was working for AP in 1981 recalls having to argue with her editors about whether to report that Brady had been killed in the assassination attempt against President Reagan.
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Aug 30, 2012 — Rep. Paul Ryan demonstrated in his convention speech that he's a true believer, much like two previous politicians he has sought to emulate: Ronald Reagan and Jack Kemp. Kemp's economic ideas were controversial decades ago, but they've gained new life in the vice presidential nominee's budget plan.
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Aug 27, 2012 — Republicans have been forced to delay a second-straight convention opening due to storms. And the GOP is hardly alone in thinking that it can look bad to go forward with a planned event when horrible news is unfolding elsewhere.
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Aug 27, 2012 — National political conventions don't offer the same impact as they did in the past, but that's no reason to ignore this year's festivities. This week's Political Junkie column lists five memorable conventions of the past.
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May 24, 2012 — A vial that reportedly contains blood drawn from President Reagan on the day he was shot in 1981 will not be auctioned off to the highest bidder after all. Bidding on it had been controversial.
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May 22, 2012 — An online auction of a vial said to contain blood drawn from the president the day he was shot in 1981 is "a craven act and we will use every legal means to stop its sale or purchase," says a spokesman for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.
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Mar 21, 2012 — Were he around today, one wonders if Ronald Reagan would have the chance to grow into the figure he became.
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Mar 7, 2012 — Former President Ronald Reagan would surely be pleased to know that many of his legacies remain vital in 2012, from campaign pledges to lower taxes to ketchup's classification as a vegetable. Reagan is also responsible for a lesser-known contribution to American food culture: National Frozen Food Day.
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Feb 4, 2011 — Here's what we don't know: what's going to happen in Egypt. Here's what we do know: Charlotte will host the 2012 Democratic convention, Rahm Emanuel will be on the Chicago ballot, and Ronald Reagan would have turned 100 on Sunday. All in this week's podcast.
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Feb 4, 2011 — Ronald Reagan would have turned 100 on this coming Sunday. A look back at the 40th president, his strengths and weaknesses, and why he has made such an impression on many of us.
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