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August 23, 2014 | NPR · Nearly 1,500 people have died in the Ebola outbreak, and more nations in the region are closing their borders. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Africa correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton about the epidemic.
 

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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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Don't ask, don't tell

Jan 8, 2013 — Before the "don't ask, don't tell" policy was ended in late 2011, many gays were given honorable discharges — but only about half the discharge pay they were owed. A class action suit on their behalf has now been settled and the withheld pay will be released.
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Feb 28, 2012 — Marine Sgt. Brandon Morgan's homecoming kiss with his partner went viral after a photo was put online. For Morgan, being able to publicly express his love now that "don't ask, don't tell" is history was emotional.
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Feb 27, 2012 — The "don't ask, don't tell" policy that barred openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military ended last September. Some personnel returning from overseas are celebrating their new-found permission to kiss by posting photos and videos.
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Sep 23, 2011 — His question was directed to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. There was strong applause when the candidate repeated his position in favor of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that was ended this week.
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Sep 20, 2011 — Across the media, one of the themes in many of the stories is that the policy is going away quietly.
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Apr 1, 2011 — Pentagon officials told lawmakers that troops accepted the new policy that will allow gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military and that they weren't aware of resistance. Nine percent of troops had been trained so far in the new policy. Some Republican lawmakers remained unpersuaded.
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Jan 28, 2011 — The U.S. military is moving ahead with plans to end its "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays serving in the military. Pentagon officials talked to reporters today about the process.
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Dec 22, 2010 — President Obama ended a busy day in Washington with a news conference at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House.
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Dec 22, 2010 — The law barring openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military is coming to an end.
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Dec 22, 2010 — Among the FAQs that members of the military have been asking: will partners of gay soldiers be eligible for benefits? The answer is no. NPR's Rachel Martin goes over some other issues and answers.
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