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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria Tuesday. The suspects are believed to be with a radical group blamed for a bombing Monday. Kelly McEvers talks to Michelle Faul of The Associated Press.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.
 
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April 16, 2014 | NPR · A year after the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott has adapted to life with her prostheses, including a blade for running and one that allows her to wear her favorite shoes.
 

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April 15, 2014 | NPR · One year has passed since bombs rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The city honored victims of the tragedy Tuesday with a tribute, including speeches from three of the victims themselves.
 
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April 15, 2014 | WBUR · At last year's Boston Marathon, Carol Downing was just half a mile from the finish line when bombs exploded and injured two of her daughters. This year, she's returning to complete the race.
 
April 15, 2014 | NPR · Each April, the shad come back to the Delaware River to spawn, and thousands of anglers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania eagerly await them. Celebrating their annual return is a local spring tradition.
 

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April 12, 2014 | NPR · As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
 

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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Parallel Lives

Oct 12, 2012 — Punahou School occupies a privileged position in Hawaiian society. Barack Obama attended the school on a scholarship starting in the fifth grade. Punahou's lasting gift to Obama was that the elite environment familiarized him with success.
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Jun 19, 2012 — When President Obama first campaigned for the office he now holds, he promised to change the tone in Washington. But the tone has only gotten nastier. And after using Democratic majorities in Congress to muscle through major legislation, he's increasingly been stymied by a wall of GOP opposition.
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Jun 13, 2012 — As the Republican governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney worked with the overwhelmingly Democratic state Legislature to pass a landmark universal health care law. But some lawmakers say a CEO style that may have worked for Romney in the business world didn't always help his ability to govern.
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May 25, 2012 — Health care has become one of the starkest contrasts between President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney in the 2012 campaign. And that's surprising, given that once upon a time they both came up with similar plans to fix the system.
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May 22, 2012 — After their first meeting in 1989, legendary law professor Laurence Tribe was so impressed with the skinny first-year law student in jeans, a sweatshirt and an afro, that he made a special notation on his calendar. The student, Barack Obama, went on to become the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.
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May 21, 2012 — Amid the '70s counterculture movement, Mitt Romney stood out as more of a Boy Scout type, classmates recall. But they say he was also a loyal friend.
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May 7, 2012 — A dozen years ago, Barack Obama ran an unsuccessful campaign for a U.S. House seat. Though his ambition proved no match for his opponent's experience, Obama honed his speaking style and cultivated relationships that would eventually help propel him to the White House.
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May 7, 2012 — Here's one thing Mitt Romney has in common with President Obama: They both lost their first political campaign. Romney went down in defeat when he took on Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994. In that race, he learned lessons that he has put in action on the trail — and said things that still echo today.
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May 4, 2012 — Here's something you won't hear from the rival campaigns of President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney: Despite their obvious differences, they actually have a lot in common. A dozen things, at least. Here's a list.
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