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July 11, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to deal with the southern border crisis. There are predictions the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. could reach 90,000 by October.
 
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July 11, 2014 | NPR · While House Republicans move ahead with their lawsuit alleging executive branch overreach, Obama is using the challenge to score political points of his own.
 
July 11, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the conflict in the Gaza Strip and President Obama's request of emergency immigration funds.
 
July 11, 2014 | NPR · Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 this week. Author Kevin Roose says Ernest Thayer's classic poem on failure, "Casey at the Bat," might cheer the Brazilian soccer team up.
 

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July 12, 2014 | NPR · More than 120 people have been killed by Israeli airstrikes since the current Israeli military operation began, and nearly a dozen Israelis have been seriously injured by rocket fire from Gaza.
 

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July 6, 2014 | NPR · Tensions are high following the murder of three young Israelis and a Palestinian teen. Relatives of the murdered Palestinian say his American cousin was beaten by Israeli police during a protest.
 

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

Jul 31, 2013 — Both Janet Yellen and Lawrence Summers have awe-inspiring credentials. So Obama's decision seems to come down to whose understanding of the economy most closely matches his own, and which candidate is likeliest to have people looking back years from now saying: "That was an inspired pick."
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Jul 17, 2013 — The Federal Reserve Chairman continued to soothe investors, saying the Fed would not wind down its bond-buying program until economic conditions improve.
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Jul 10, 2013 — The minutes of the Federal Reserve's June meeting will be released a 2 p.m. That's the meeting chairman Bernanke said the Fed could begin to think about reducing the amount of money it pumps into the economy.
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Feb 26, 2013 — But the Federal Reserve chairman warns Congress that the "sharp, front-loaded spending cuts" that would come with the so-called sequester could hurt the economy. He recommends "policies that reduce the federal deficit more gradually in the near term but more substantially in the longer run."
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Aug 31, 2012 — Ben Bernanke said the stagnation of the labor market was of "grave concern."
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Aug 22, 2012 — Many Federal Reserve members said there would have to be action fairly soon if the economy didn't pick up, according to the minutes of their most recent meeting. Separately, the CBO warned of a recession if the economy goes off a "fiscal cliff" at the end of year.
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Aug 14, 2012 — Mitt Romney's new running mate has authored some provocative policy proposals to cut budget deficits and overhaul Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. But Rep. Paul Ryan has also been an advocate for a different course for the Federal Reserve.
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Oct 4, 2011 — Cautious consumers, the housing sector's lingering problems and the drag from the government sector are combining to slow an already weak economy even further, the central bank chairman says.
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Sep 22, 2011 — Stocks around the world fell sharply Thursday. By midday, the Dow was down about 400 points. Analysts said the Fed's "Operation Twist" was actually a signal that the central bank is still extremely worried about the prospects for recovery.
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Aug 26, 2011 — In his much anticipated speech in Jackson Hole, Wyo., on Friday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may not have provided the financial markets with the kind of details they sought on what new steps he would do to breathe more life into the economy.But he definitely gave President Obama something to hang onto. He also gave congressional Republicans some support.
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