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July 11, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has asked for $3.7 billion to deal with the southern border crisis. There are predictions the number of unaccompanied children entering the U.S. could reach 90,000 by October.
 
July 11, 2014 | NPR · Mara Liasson, Carrie Kahn and John Burnett discuss the big picture of the current immigration debate, and update us on the latest developments.
 
July 11, 2014 | NPR · Steve Inskeep talks to Ali Khedery, who used to support Nouri al-Maliki. Khedery, head of the Dubai-based Dragoman Partners, thinks al-Maliki should step down because of the extremist crisis in Iraq.
 

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July 11, 2014 | NPR · While House Republicans move ahead with their lawsuit alleging executive branch overreach, Obama is using the challenge to score political points of his own.
 
July 11, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the conflict in the Gaza Strip and President Obama's request of emergency immigration funds.
 
July 11, 2014 | NPR · Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 this week. Author Kevin Roose says Ernest Thayer's classic poem on failure, "Casey at the Bat," might cheer the Brazilian soccer team up.
 

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July 5, 2014 | NPR · In the year since Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was ousted, a military man was elected president and a budding insurgency has grown, as correspondent Leila Fadel tells NPR's Tamara Keith.
 

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July 6, 2014 | NPR · Tensions are high following the murder of three young Israelis and a Palestinian teen. Relatives of the murdered Palestinian say his American cousin was beaten by Israeli police during a protest.
 

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Jul 6, 2014 — "The rhythm of life goes round," the singer repeats, summing up a set ranging from politics to gang violence to gender identity. He's in fine voice, belting and going gentle without strain.
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Jul 7, 2014 — Echoes of British R&B and vintage American pop ring through an album by this English duo. "The idea behind it," Charles Watson says, "was to be a bit more reserved."
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Jul 6, 2014 — Luluc writes songs for late-night drives and uneventful mornings — stuff to slow the blood and the world outside. On its second album, the duo uses calm as a medium unto itself.
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Jul 6, 2014Hello Memory is synth-driven, youthful electro-pop, but there's substance to it, too. Little Daylight sounds breezy and grounded, heady and cerebral, with its feet on the ground even as it soars.
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Jul 6, 2014 — The bluegrass-based folk-rock band knows how to play at extreme speeds, but its new album is a thoughtful, stately grower — a far cry from the fiery freneticism of Trampled by Turtles' live shows.
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Jun 29, 2014 — On its second album, the U.K. art-rock duo dwells deep inside some otherworldly, mysterious, metaphysical murk, an aura that's inviting and impenetrable at the same time.
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Jun 29, 2014 — Cold Beat, the new project of Grass Widow bassist Hannah Lew, represents the best of new wave — in title, metaphor and roster of influences alike. It's an exercise in controlled chaos.
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Jun 29, 2014 — The emo band's first full-length album in 16 years is a measured and often gorgeous set of songs, each well-positioned to remind fans why they fell in love with Braid in the first place.
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Jun 22, 2014 — Like a big, friendly sheepdog that just can't help itself, the Virginia roots-rock group's music bounds right up to you and licks your face. This is a band with little use for muted gestures.
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Jun 22, 2014 — On his new country album, the roots-music veteran still touches nerves, carefully but firmly. Lauderdale continually shows that the trappings surrounding a song are only as meaningful as its core.
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