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April 18, 2014 | NPR · The agreement calls on all parties to refrain from violence, requires that illegally-armed groups disarm and that control of government buildings be returned to Ukrainian authorities.
 
April 18, 2014 | NPR · President Obama said enrollment under the Affordable Care Act reached 8 million after the deadline was extended by 2 weeks. The figure represents a turnaround from the disastrous debut of the website.
 
April 18, 2014 | NPR · Morning Edition spent a lot of time recently reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border. President Obama has deported 2 million people from the U.S. But many say that number is misleading.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The military's training center at Fort Irwin in California is complete with mock Middle Eastern villages. But as the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan winds down, how will this facility change?
 
April 19, 2014 | NPR · In the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the opposing camps seem increasingly entrenched, despite a diplomatic effort to ease tensions. Pro-Russian forces refuse to leave occupied buildings and public squares in the east. It's an uneasy Easter weekend and neither side is willing to budge.
 
April 19, 2014 | NPR · Russia is in the middle of a planned upgrade and expansion of its military forces, but global affairs professor Mark Galeotti tells NPR's Arun Rath that Russia's military has its limits.
 

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April 19, 2014 | NPR · The search continues for hundreds of people, mostly students, who were on board a South Korean ferry when it sank this week. Correspondent Anthony Kuhn shares the latest with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.
 

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April 20, 2014 | NPR · Monday is the 2014 Boston Marathon. Security will be tight, and this year's race will be an emotional event that will be about more than who wins.
 

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Nov 21, 2013 — By changing the Senate rules to require a simple majority instead of a supermajority for most nominations, Democrats acted on a threat each party has aimed at the other for nearly a decade.
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Nov 21, 2013 — The key players involved in the debate over the so-called nuclear option appear to be singing a different tune on the issue. What changed? The party in power.
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Nov 21, 2013 — The change makes it much harder for Republicans to filibuster many of President Obama's nominees.
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Jul 16, 2013 — Forced to choose between a tyranny of the majority or a tyranny of the minority, the Senate went with custom and chose the latter.
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Jul 16, 2013 — The vote signaled that the chamber had resolved a dramatic showdown on the rules governing White House nominations.
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Jul 15, 2013 — Lawmakers are meeting behind closed doors. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has said he'll change Senate rules to make filibusters harder unless Republicans agree to vote on stalled nominations.
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Jul 15, 2013 — Sen. Harry Reid's current reality seems to give him few choices other than threatening to change the Senate's rules to restrict the use of filibusters.
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