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July 23, 2014 | NPR · The remains of passengers of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight arrived in the Netherlands, on what has been a national day of mourning. Most of those killed in the jet that was brought down over Ukraine were Dutch. Robert Siegel talks with Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times, who is in the Netherlands.
 
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July 23, 2014 | NPR · Even before the double calamity of its two downed flights, Malaysia Airlines was trying to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry. Now, it faces either bankruptcy or privatization.
 
July 23, 2014 | NPR · An uncontacted Amazonian tribe has ended its isolation in Brazil. Fiona Watson, the field and research director for Survival International, explains why this tribal people left its village.
 

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July 19, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Scott Simon talks with David Herzsenhorn of The New York Times about the latest developments in Ukraine, where a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was downed on Thursday, killing 298 people.
 

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July 20, 2014 | NPR · NPR's Arun Rath gets the latest from correspondent Corey Flintoff at the site of last week's downing of a Malaysian jetliner in Eastern Ukraine.
 

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Budget deficit

Feb 11, 2014 — There's no such thing as a free lunch, even for plants. With budgets tight and dedicated funds for plant maintenance drying up, the Canadian House of Commons is sending its greenery to auction.
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Oct 30, 2013 — The U.S. government ran a deficit of $680 billion in the financial year that ended last month — the first time since 2008 the annual shortfall has been under $1 trillion. But as the AP reports, "It's still the fifth-largest deficit of all time."
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Oct 25, 2013 — The annual Medicare bill is expected to hit $1.1 trillion in 2023. As Medicare spending grows, contributing to the federal deficit, some policymakers have suggested that raising the age of eligibility to 67 could help the budget should be an option.
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Sep 14, 2012 — Under orders from Congress, the administration detailed exactly how it would administer painful cuts to both defense and domestic programs that were ordered under last year's budget deal. But the Office of Management and Budget reiterates that the threat of cuts is meant to spur congressional action.
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Sep 20, 2011 — A dispute over how much money to give the Federal Emergency Management Agency has Republicans and Democrats at odds again, with a Sept. 30 deadline looming.
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Sep 19, 2011 — Clicks vs. the creative. Does the desire to attract online traffic make a writer less creative? As search engine optimization becomes a bigger part of our lives, a weird sort of online peer pressure has emerged.
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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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Aug 10, 2011 — The U.S. budget deficit currently stands at $1.1 trillion through July, says the Treasury Department. That makes 2011 the third consecutive year that the deficit has hit at least $1 trillion.
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Aug 10, 2011 — The new "Debt Super Committee" created by the recent deficit ceiling deal now has 9 of its 12 members, as House Speaker John Boehner says Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas will co-chair the new committee. He joins Democratic co-chair Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.
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Aug 1, 2011 — The House of Representatives has approved legislation to raise the federal debt ceiling and prevent a U.S. default, as the nation nears the end of a bitter standoff. The Senate votes on the measure Tuesday.
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