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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 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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Feb 3, 2014 — Chinese buyers have definitely made the most headlines, but the top country buying homes in the U.S. is actually Canada. It's been that way since 2008.
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Jan 24, 2014 — In December, all-cash purchases accounted for more than 40 percent of home sales. Here are a few reasons so many people are buying houses without getting a mortgage.
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Nov 19, 2013 — We graphed the distribution of home prices, and asked readers what the headline should be.
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Jul 23, 2013 — An East Village where nobody makes less than $90,000 a year might actually damage the city's long-term prospects.
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Jul 2, 2013 — Five years after the financial crisis, the government still controls giant companies that guarantee trillions of dollars in mortgages.
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Mar 25, 2013 — A reader who just re-financed his mortgage asks: Why are so many people willing to lend huge amounts of money at such low interest rates?
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Mar 11, 2013 — The U.S. housing market is still a ward of the state. Almost all new mortgages — $1.6 trillion last year alone — are guaranteed by taxpayer dollars.
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Jan 10, 2013 — The strange troubles of a small town where an oil boom has driven unemployment below 1 percent.
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Jan 8, 2013 — Thousands of workers have flooded into the town. But they're reluctant to call it home.
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Dec 10, 2012 — Here are two ways of answering that question — along with key numbers from cities around the country.
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