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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.
 
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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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Iraq War, 2003

Apr 9, 2008 — George Packer, author of The Assassin's Gate, says he doesn't think the tactical changes suggested by Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, who wrote War and Decision, would have made a fundamental difference in the war.
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Mar 22, 2007 — Journalist George Packer's article in the March 26 issue of The New Yorker magazine is called "Betrayed: The Iraqis Who Trusted America the Most." He reports that men employed by Americans as interpreters, construction workers, drivers and office workers are now being marked for death.
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Feb 17, 2007 — George Packer, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is back from his sixth trip to Iraq since the war began. He offers his insights on Iraqis' perceptions of President Bush's latest war plans, and the country's hopes for political stability.
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Feb 12, 2007 — A list of suggested reading about the Shiite-Sunni conflict.
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Nov 10, 2005The Assassins' Gate is New Yorker reporter George Packer's scathing account of the Bush administration's push to change the political future of the Middle East through force.
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