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July 29, 2014 | NPR · House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Washington Post reporter Liz Sly tells Renee Montagne that U.S. arms may be flowing to moderate Syrian rebels, but the aid seems to be too little too late to affect the course of the civil war.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about tenure protections and who gets them.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
 

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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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James Clapper

Jan 29, 2014 — James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, listed "insider threats," alongside cyber attacks and terrorism. This marks the first time unauthorized disclosures are given such prominence in a threat assessment report.
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Nov 19, 2013 — Leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden have put pressure on the intelligence agency to release more information about its activities. Among the records is a court ruling that the agency repeatedly exceeded its authority.
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Oct 4, 2013 — A senior U.S. government official says some intelligence agencies are able to focus only on the biggest threats: counterterrorism and nuclear nonproliferation. So other issues are falling by the wayside.
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Jul 2, 2013 — When National Intelligence Director James Clapper was asked in March by Sen. Ron Wyden if the NSA collects "any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions of Americans," he answered, "No sir," before adding, "Not wittingly." Clapper says that answer was clearly wrong.
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Mar 10, 2011 — The top U.S. intelligence official, said China and Russia were the biggest mortal threats to the U.S., alarming senators who thought that Iran and North Korea fit the bill more. James Clapper's statement that Gadhafil will likely remain also raised some senatorial eyebrows.
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Dec 22, 2010 — When he was asked Monday about high-profile arrests made earlier that day in Great Britain, James Clapper hadn't heard about them. The White House says he should have been briefed, but was focused on other national security issues.
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