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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 19, 2014 | NPR · Dr. Joanne Liu of Doctors Without Borders says fear and a lack of sense of urgency has kept the international community in their home countries rather than stepping up to the plate in West Africa.
 
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August 19, 2014 | NPR · The type of Ebola erupting in West Africa is closely related to one found 2,500 miles away — the distance between Boston and San Francisco. How did the virus spread so far without anyone noticing?
 
August 19, 2014 | NPR · Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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Apr 14, 2014 — While the Congressional Budget Office has lowered its shortfall projections for the next few years, it warns that deficits will start rising substantially again unless policymakers act.
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Feb 4, 2014 — The Congressional Budget Office says the federal budget deficit in fiscal 2014 will shrink to $514 billion — far less than it was at the height of the Great Recession. While the short-term outlook is a bit brighter, the CBO says there's still plenty to worry about in the long term.
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Sep 17, 2013 — The good news is that the Congressional Budget Office projects the budget deficit will shrink in 2015. The bad news? After that, deficits will gradually rise.
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Aug 22, 2012 — The nonpartisan analysis arm of Congress has released its latest forecasts on the budget and the economy.
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Jan 31, 2012 — The deficit is slightly smaller than last year's, amounting to about 7 percent of GDP or two points lower than last year.
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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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Jan 26, 2011 — CBO described a dismal economic scene, giving a cold splash of fiscal reality after Obama's successful State of the Union speech. The CBO not only pointed to the role of increased entitlement spending but tax cuts for the worsening picture.
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Jan 26, 2011 — In the past year, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office's forecast of the 2011 deficit has grown by about $500 billion.
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Jan 18, 2011 — A group of economists said mandates in the new law will be a disincentive to job creation. Many of the economists have played roles in the Republican administrations or have been GOP aides on Capitol Hill.
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