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July 29, 2014 | NPR · House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise, $17 billion agreement to improve medical care for veterans. The deal comes in the final week before Congress leaves town for a monthlong recess.
 
July 29, 2014 | NPR · Washington Post reporter Liz Sly tells Renee Montagne that U.S. arms may be flowing to moderate Syrian rebels, but the aid seems to be too little too late to affect the course of the civil war.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The militant group threatens to kill parents who immunize their children. As a result, polio has come roaring back in Pakistan. Eradication now hinges on whether the country can control the virus.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A new salvo has been fired in the fight over teacher tenure. A group led by former TV anchor Campbell Brown filed a complaint in New York state court, arguing that tenure laws are preventing the state from providing every child with the "sound, basic education" its constitution guarantees.
 
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July 28, 2014 | NPR · Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting second-class educations in the U.S.? That question is at the center of the heated debate about tenure protections and who gets them.
 
July 28, 2014 | NPR · Only one movie in July, Transformers: Age of Extinction, has broken the 100 million mark during its opening weekend. Box office receipts all summer have proven anemic. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst with RENTRAK, talks to Audie Cornish about the box office slump.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.
 

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Jul 22, 2014 — This year's Television Critics Association press tour found networks pitching hard for the view beyond overnight ratings. But getting the right number isn't the end of the issue.
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Jul 19, 2014 — On Saturday night, the Television Critics Association hands out its 30th annual round of awards, and the big winners are from cable TV, broadcast TV, and even new spaces entirely.
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Jul 15, 2014 — Despite what some people think, critics don't love to hate things. At press tour right now there's a glumness that has settled in that can be traced to the fact that we're just not loving anything.
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Jul 10, 2014 — HBO's Game of Thrones emerged as the most-nominated series with 19 nods for the Primetime Emmy Awards, but new series such as FX's Fargo and HBO's True Detective scored, too.
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Jul 8, 2014 — For the next two weeks, the great big world of television will sit itself down to answer questions about new shows, existing shows, and the future.
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Jun 18, 2014 — The TV adaptation of Fargo ended with some unsatisfying threads, but they may be there quite by design.
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Jun 16, 2014 — If you don't watch Game of Thrones, you can still follow it on Twitter with our handy translator of tweets to plot.
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Jun 13, 2014 — The delightful series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is getting a third season, thank goodness.
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Jun 6, 2014 — Actress Laverne Cox has had huge success on Orange is the New Black. But breaking into acting as a tall trans woman of color wasn't a simple thing by any means.
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May 27, 2014Mad Men ended its half-season on Sunday night with Don Draper wondering, as always, whether he can find peace without lies.
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