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August 1, 2014 | NPR · CIA director John Brennan apologized to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who had accused the CIA of spying on her committee's computers. Brennan at first denied it.
 
August 1, 2014 | NPR · Researchers at the university built a furnace that can melt rock, then had a cookout. Chefs placed a ribeye on a grill over the 2,100-degree magma. Seconds later, a very charred, medium rare steak.
 
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August 1, 2014 | NPR · As the EPA develops new carbon emission rules for existing power plants, the agency is holding a series of public hearings around the country, where coal industry advocates made their concerns known.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The day began with Israel's military calling up 16,000 more reservists, stoking fears of a widening offensive in Gaza; it ended with a 72-hour cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians.
 
July 31, 2014 | NPR · A surge of new cases in West Africa's Ebola virus outbreak has health officials worried that the epidemic is getting worse. Sierra Leone, for one, has declared a state of emergency, sending in troops to quarantine some of the hardest hit communities.
 

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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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Jul 16, 2014 — A bill to require employers to pay for birth control did not pass a procedural vote in the Senate. The vote may have been held largely to put GOP senators on record on the issue.
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Mar 5, 2014 — Eight Democrats joined Republicans in voting against Debo Adegbile, who was appointed to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
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Jan 16, 2014 — For President Obama and Senate Democrats, it's all about mutual aid. The president needs their support to achieve whatever of his remaining agenda he can get through Congress. They need him to help raise money for their re-election campaigns.
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Oct 17, 2013 — After two weeks of not working, furloughed employees are expected to be back at the job Thursday. But that might not be that simple.
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Oct 4, 2013 — The day centered on a quote attributed to an unnamed source. But one thing President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner could agree on: Nobody's winning in Washington.
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Oct 1, 2013 — Congress went down to the wire Monday night but still failed to compromise on a spending bill, resulting in a partial government shutdown.
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Sep 30, 2013 — Surveys conducted in the past week or so by Pew, CNN and Gallup show that more Americans think a shutdown would be the fault of Republicans rather than the president.
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Oct 5, 2011 — From the Democratic perspective, the beauty of such a surtax comes from how voters across the ideological spectrum have expressed approval for higher taxes on the wealthy to reduce federal deficits and for job creation. Not surprisingly, Democratic voters show the strongest support but there's significant support among Republicans, too.
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May 13, 2011 — Kohl, who at 76 has been in the Senate since 1989, was viewed as a relatively safe seat for Democrats since it was thought he could fend off any Republican challenge in part because of his deep pockets as he's done in the past.
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Mar 29, 2011 — Sen. Schumer experienced the perils of the telephone conference call when he unwittingly rehearsed his anti-GOP talking points with his colleagues and, unbeknown to him, reporters who quietly listened.
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