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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Argentina says it cannot pay certain debts and will fall into default by July 31 if it can't come to an agreement with creditors. This would be Argentina's second default in 13 years.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Even though Spain's economy is out of recession, youth unemployment has hit 57.7 percent. Economists say it could be years before jobs return. By then, many will have missed a decade or more of work.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · To withstand their 9,300-mile migration, red knots feast on eggs from horseshoe crabs each spring in Delaware Bay. Scientists worry many crabs are starting to lay eggs before the birds can get there.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Israel and Hamas carried out a rhetorical battle Sunday over the fate of dueling offers to extend a ceasefire. In the end, the fighting resumed after Saturday's 12-hour truce. Israel vowed to continue its military campaign, targeting tunnels along the border. Wary Gazans prepared as best they could for the feast that marks the end of Ramadan.
 
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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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Feb 13, 2014 — The 28 House Republicans who voted for the debt ceiling increase made it safe for the rest of their fellow Republicans not to.
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Feb 10, 2014 — When Congress hits its debt ceiling at the end of the month, don't expect another big confrontation. House Republicans don't have the appetite for it and can't even agree on what points to negotiate.
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Feb 8, 2014 — Treasury says it's got enough cash on hand to last only until Feb. 27, so Congress has less than three weeks to act to stave off default.
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Oct 16, 2013 — Unless Congress raises the debt ceiling soon, the government won't be able to pay its bills. Here's a graph showing some of the big payments coming due.
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Oct 15, 2013 — Day 15 of the government shutdown had a promising beginning, marked by a bipartisan proposal from Senate leaders to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. But those hopes were quickly dashed.
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Oct 11, 2013 — With the partial government shutdown in its 11th day, there's much speculation about a possible break in negotiations between the White House and Republicans. But despite the noise, very little seems firm.
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Oct 10, 2013 — On Day 10 of the government shutdown, Speaker John Boehner proposed a six-week debt ceiling extension hours before a group of House GOP leaders were to sit down with the president at the White House. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejected the notion out of hand.
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Oct 10, 2013 — Jacob Lew tells the Senate Finance Committee that not raising the debt ceiling could "deeply damage financial markets, the ongoing economic recovery, and the jobs and savings of millions of Americans."
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Oct 8, 2013 — President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner in the morning but there was no breakthrough. Both later held news conferences to reiterate their positions.
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Oct 8, 2013 — Also: Boston school bus drivers go on strike, China warns the U.S. over the debt ceiling, and North Korea steps up its military alert.
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