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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 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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2012 Senate race: Connecticut

Sep 28, 2012 — Former wrestling executive Linda McMahon, in her second attempt at becoming Connecticut's first female senator, is close in the polls. If McMahon defeats Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy, she'd also become the state's first GOP senator in decades.
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Aug 13, 2012 — Former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon is making her second run for a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut. Once again she is campaigning with primarily her own millions. And her opponents again say she can't separate herself from the controversial side of professional wrestling.
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Feb 25, 2011 — Richard Lugar, Indiana's longest serving senator, has been considered a reliable conservative during much of his 34 years in office. But not everyone agrees, and he faces a potentially serious Tea Party challenge in next year's primary.
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Jan 21, 2011 — This issue of Political Junkie features the long decline in popularity of Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent who announced his retirement earlier this week.
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