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July 24, 2014 | NPR · A United Nations school, which was being used to shelter displaced Gazans awaiting evacuation, came under fire from a missile or shelling. The attack reportedly killed 15 people. Palestinian officials blame Israeli shelling; Israel says it may have been Hamas rockets that fell short of their target.
 
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Memo To The President

Nov 8, 2008 — Dear President-elect Obama: As you and the new Congress prepare to take office, we here at NPR News wanted to outline the issues you face. From a broken military to a troubled economy to a National Park Service in need of a major overhaul — we'll provide the briefing paper, the options and the obstacles.
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Jan 19, 2009 — A hallmark of President Bush's administration has been his assertion of powers that he said were his right as president, despite objections from the other two branches of the federal government. President-elect Barack Obama faces pressure to undo many of the Bush administration actions that increased presidential power.
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Jan 16, 2009 — When Barack Obama takes office next week, he'll inherit an increasingly deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. A troop increase has already begun, but some question the signals that strategy sends. In addition, analysts urge Obama to take a regional approach.
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Jan 12, 2009 — The Federal Aviation Administration faces tough challenges as the Obama administration takes control. An aging air traffic controller workforce and allegations of inspectors "cozying up" to airlines will test the agency and the new government.
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Jan 5, 2009 — During his campaign for the White House, President-elect Obama was unequivocal about closing the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the issue of what to do with the prisoners still there presents numerous difficult questions for Obama's team to answer.
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Jan 4, 2009 — With the economy on life support and just about every state now slashing education funding, President-elect Barack Obama is likely to focus less on immediate proposals and more on building political consensus for future action.
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Dec 29, 2008 — President-elect Obama has big plans for the nation's crumbling roads and bridges. But with people driving less and fewer gas-tax dollars coming in, where will the money come from? That's just one of the questions looming as Obama and Congress get set to overhaul transportation policy.
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Dec 26, 2008 — On issues such as halting global warming to stopping the spread of weapons of mass destruction, President-elect Barack Obama will need China's cooperation. But in other areas, China is a competitor. Obama faces challenges in managing this complex relationship.
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Dec 26, 2008 — Once they're settled into the White House, the Obamas will begin their search for America's new top dog. Experts say the family should look for an outgoing dog, but one that won't try to run the show.
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Dec 23, 2008 — The Middle East will likely be a major foreign policy priority for Barack Obama. His election has generated high expectations — some say too high — that he can restore the image of the U.S. in the Arab world and that changes in Mideast policy are imminent.
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