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September 2, 2014 | NPR · At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The city's plan to restructure its debt has been praised as a creative way to protect both pensioners and its art museum. But some creditors — and residents — feel like they're being railroaded.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff, whom the group threatened to kill two weeks ago.
 
September 2, 2014 | NPR · In response to unrest in eastern Ukraine, NATO is considering forming a rapid reaction force — a topic that will be discussed at a summit this week in Wales. But how will Russia react, and is this the right move for the alliance? To learn more, Audie Cornish speaks with Steven Pifer, the director of Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative at the Brookings Institution.
 
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September 2, 2014 | NPR · The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. Built to protect U.S. forces from roadside bomb blasts at war, these huge vehicles aren't always welcome.
 

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August 30, 2014 | NPR · Ukrainian forces are defending the port city of Novoazovsk from what they say is a Russian invasion. Scott Simon talks to correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson.
 

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August 31, 2014 | NPR · Immigration remains one of the most challenging issues for President Obama. Political correspondent Mara Liasson discusses the political cost of the choices before him with Linda Wertheimer.
 

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Jul 26, 2014 — As big data pushes us toward a full-blown quantitative science of cities, a unique project in Rochester, New York, has commentator Adam Frank appreciating the role of public art in urban living.
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Jul 15, 2014 — Once in a while, elected officials turn down raises because they think it looks bad if they're also having to cut budgets or raise taxes. Sometimes, though, they're genuinely altruistic.
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Feb 15, 2014 — Democrats currently control city hall in 90 percent of the nation's largest cities. But not too many years ago, Republicans had a pretty good chance of winning big-city mayoral races.
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Nov 6, 2013 — Several of the nation's largest cities, including New York, Boston and Detroit, elected new mayors on Tuesday. The new leaders will spend much of their time dealing with pension and health care costs.
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Oct 11, 2013 — Passing mentions of the U.S. government during this week's international CityLab gathering of mayors, city planners and urban experts in New York City sent knowing chuckles rolling through the audience.
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Jun 25, 2013 — How did the Zombie Apocalypse become a ubiquitous all-consuming (no pun intended) meme? Adam Frank says we keep re-telling this story because it's trying to tell us something about the future. Are we listening?
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May 30, 2013 — Big Data promises a future where our Big Cities become more flexible and responsive to human needs, argues commentator Adam Frank. While danger may lurk in the data sets, the fact is that we may need to mine Big Data for solutions to our everyday problems.
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Oct 23, 2012 — There are lots of lines of evidence telling us our current model for cities is unsustainable. Does that mean cities themselves are the problem and we should all move back to the farm?
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Oct 9, 2012 — The vast web of geometries traced out in light shows you cities as a kind of infestation. They're like living networks spreading across the planet.
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Aug 21, 2012 — The second law of thermodynamics is a kind of warning to cities and civilization. No matter how clever we are, disorder, waste and pollution will always follow from our work organizing societies into cities.
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