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August 27, 2014 | NPR · The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
 
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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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Sep 6, 2012 — When talks fell part in July 2011, "I was pretty angry," the president tells Bob Woodward. The Washington Post journalist's latest book is coming out next week.
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Aug 27, 2012 — Republicans called their convention to order, then quickly went into recess. Tropical storm Isaac has interfered with their schedule. They're not wasting time, though, in hitting what will be a familiar theme: That the national debt is soaring.
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Aug 11, 2011 — The 12 members of the Debt "Super Committee" are now official, as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi named her three appointees Thursday. She chose Reps. James Clyburn of South Carolina, Xavier Becerra of California, and Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. The special panel must create a plan to shave $1.2 trillion off the federal deficit over the next decade.
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May 11, 2011 — Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, gave us one of American politics's killer lines: "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not his own facts." It's in that spirit that Bloomberg News reports that some of Speaker Boehner's big economic policy speech falls into "his own facts" category.
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Apr 7, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, solving the national debt crisis, and a Q&A on a possible government shutdown. In the second hour, the definitive Malcolm X, and Glenn Beck leaving FOX News.
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Apr 5, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, sex discrimination in the workplace, and the national debt crisis. In the second hour, the outlook for jobs, and an update on fighting in the Ivory Coast.
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Feb 17, 2011 — Interest payments on the national debt are forecast by 2018 to crowd out much of U.S. spending. Experts worry that the deteriorating fiscal situation could drive up the interest rates the U.S. must pay, further worsening the situation.
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Nov 16, 2010 — Taming deficits and the debt is difficult because of ideological differences but also complexity. It was easier to send men to the Moon than ending deficits and the debt because we weren't concerned with fairness.
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Nov 10, 2010 — But a political firestorm is likely; many of the cuts and tax increases would be very unpopular. Among the proposals are cuts to Social Security and Medicare and and end to very popular tax deductions and credits.
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