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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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Oct 8, 2013 — President Obama cancelled a planned trip to Asia this week to deal with the political crisis at home. That's disappointed — even worried — some of America's friends in the region who are counting on the United States to stand up to an increasingly assertive China.
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Sep 5, 2013 — President Obama has kept his distance from the Syrian civil war for the last two years. Now a major debate is underway, and none of the choices looks appealing. So you decide.
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Jul 23, 2013 — A recent survey found strong anti-American sentiment among leading aid recipients. In Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and the Palestinian territories, 16 percent or less of the population had a positive impression of the U.S.
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Oct 22, 2012 — Neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney spends much time talking about international affairs on the campaign trail. Yet foreign policy, the subject of tonight's debate, can often define a presidency.
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Sep 6, 2012 — Having given the order to kill Osama bin Laden, President Obama has silenced decades of Republican carping that Democrats are weak on defense. That still might not win the president many votes, however.
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Feb 1, 2011 — This edition of the Political Junkie features the limits of U.S. foreign policy in Egypt, the announcement that Charlotte will be the Democrats' choice for their 2012 convention, and the latest ScuttleButton winner.
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