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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Joanne Liu of Doctors Without Borders says fear and a lack of sense of urgency has kept the international community in their home countries rather than stepping up to the plate in West Africa.
 
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August 19, 2014 | NPR · The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?
 
August 19, 2014 | NPR · Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Debt crisis

Jan 12, 2013 — Treasury Department spokesman Anthony Coley says that the White House has ruled out minting a $1 trillion coin to stave off another debt ceiling debate.
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Feb 12, 2012 — The Greek Parliament has approved a crucial austerity and debt-relief bill to keep the country out of bankruptcy and remain a part of the eurozone.
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Aug 12, 2011 — The congressional supercommittee faces the task of cutting at least $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit over the next 10 years. Those seeking to influence the panel's recommendations also see a chance for gains.
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Jul 28, 2011 — House votes on Boehner debt bill today; a British judge opens a large inquiry into the role of phone hacking in Britain; deadly bombings in Iraq kill at least 12; Tropical Storm Don headed for Texas
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Jul 26, 2011 — President Obama and Speaker Boehner trade words over looming debt crisis; lawyer for Norwegian shooting suspect believes his client may be insane; singer Amy Winehouse funeral is today
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Jul 20, 2011 — Senate debt cutting plan discusses; British Prime Minister faces questions from Parliament; Minnesota lawmakers resolve budget standoff and end government shutdown; famine ravages Somalia; a hurricane menaces Mexico, a tropical storm lingers off U.S. coast
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Apr 6, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie, and solving the debt crisis. In the second hour, poet Billy Collins on his book Horoscopes For The Dead, and the role of white men in conversations about diversity.
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Oct 2, 2010 — It will cost Ireland almost $70 billion to bail out the country's banks. Now, as the country grapples with that cost, many Irish are upset about how far their economy has fallen.
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