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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.
 
July 11, 2014 | NPR · Mara Liasson, Carrie Kahn and John Burnett discuss the big picture of the current immigration debate, and update us on the latest developments.
 
July 11, 2014 | NPR · Steve Inskeep talks to Ali Khedery, who used to support Nouri al-Maliki. Khedery, head of the Dubai-based Dragoman Partners, thinks al-Maliki should step down because of the extremist crisis in Iraq.
 

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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. There is no ceasefire in sight, but there may be some indications of a slowdown.
 

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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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Jul 4, 2014 — At No. 3, Elizabeth Gilbert's The Signature of All Things follows a gifted botanist as she researches the mysteries of evolution and falls in love with an artist.
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Jun 13, 2014The Silver Star follows two sisters who, after being abandoned by their artist mother, are sent to live with their uncle in his decaying antebellum mansion. It appears at No. 4.
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May 2, 2014The Circle, Dave Eggers tale of Silicon Valley power, appears at No. 8.
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Mar 14, 2014 — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah is the story of reunited Nigerian lovers. It appears at No. 1.
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Mar 7, 2014 — When Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie moved from Nigeria to the U.S., she was suddenly confronted with what it meant to be a person of color in America. Her novel explores race in contemporary America.
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Feb 7, 2014 — At No. 13, Maeve Binchy's A Week in Winter brings together the guests at an Irish holiday resort.
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Jan 17, 2014Life After Life, Kate Atkinson's story about the many lives of Ursula Todd, appears at No. 1.
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Jan 1, 2014 — In softcover nonfiction, Sonali Deraniyagala writes about losing her family to the 2004 tsunami, Nick Turse explores civilian deaths in Vietnam, David Esterly shares his path to becoming a master woodcarver, and Bruce Feiler collects tips for building a happier family. In fiction, Ruth Ozeki tells the story of a depressed 16-year-old.
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Dec 22, 2013 — Two strangers tell their stories to a wandering narrator in Bruce Wagner's new The Empty Chair. It's a pair of novellas meditating on grief, love, spirituality and the nature of storytelling. Reviewer Colin Dwyer says Wagner manages to both tease out the threads that bind the stories, and relish the spaces between.
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Dec 20, 2013The Aviator's Wife, at No. 12, is Melanie Benjamin's retelling of the life of Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
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