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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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2012 Senate races

Nov 6, 2012 — Republican Senate candidates Linda McMahon in Connecticut and Tom Smith in Pennsylvania spent a combined $56 million of their own money in losing efforts.
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Nov 1, 2012 — Republican candidates have benefited more than twice as much as their Democratic counterparts from the spending by outside groups. More than 80 percent of all the Republican outside money comes from secret donors. On the Democratic side, less than 10 percent of the money is secret.
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Oct 18, 2012 — It's not just the presidential contest that's being watched in swing state Nevada. GOP Sen. Dean Heller's race against Democrat Shelley Berkley is also seen as a tossup. That's a bit of a surprise for Republicans, who have counted on retaining the seat as they try to build a Senate majority.
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Aug 22, 2012 — After his remarks about rape and pregnancy, Missouri Republican Todd Akin faces an uphill climb in his Senate contest against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. One expert says that to attract moderate voters, Akin must steer the conversation to the economy.
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Jul 10, 2012 — The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee says pro-Republican groups aren't playing by the rules. It plans to file a complaint accusing a trio of "social welfare" groups of abusing the rules to hide the identities of their donors.
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May 16, 2012 — U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's claims of Native American heritage seem uneasy to swallow. But why? What does it take to be considered an ethnic minority, and what does the controversy say about the way we judge ethnic backgrounds?
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Jan 17, 2012 — In the battle for control of the Senate, Republicans have the numbers on their side — 23 of the 33 seats at stake this year are held by Democrats or Dem-leaning independents. But can they get the majority?
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