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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 Islamist extremist group Islamic State has released a new video that purports to show the beheading of an American journalist named Steven Sotloff. Two weeks ago, the group threatened to kill Sotloff in a video depicting the beheading of James Foley, another American journalist.
 
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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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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Sep 13, 2013 — The blaze that swept through the state's iconic shore-side on Thursday destroyed 32 businesses along four blocks.
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Jul 4, 2013 — The statue wasn't damaged, but Liberty Island was pummeled last fall by Superstorm Sandy. Now, just in time for July 4th celebrations, the island and the statue are open again to visitors. If you can't be there, webcams provide beautiful views. Also, WNYC has a video report on Lady Liberty's history.
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May 23, 2013 — Despite advances in predicting dangerous weather and better evacuation planning, some people still stay put when devastation looms. A study of deaths during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 raises a big question: Why didn't the people at risk move to higher ground?
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May 21, 2013 — Sens. Tom Coburn and James Inhofe have become the faces of pushback on federal emergency spending. Now the deadly and devastating tornado in their home state has put them in an awkward position.
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Apr 25, 2013 — When Superstorm Sandy flooded lower Manhattan last year, thousands of lab animals drowned and many scientists lost months or even years of work. The specialty animals can be very difficult to replace, but researchers say the loss of animal life is emotionally devastating and difficult to get over.
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Apr 11, 2013 — When a storm is so deadly that using the name again would be insensitive, a replacement is found. Sandy, which hit the Caribbean and the U.S. last fall, left behind nearly 150 dead and more than $50 billion in damages.
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Feb 8, 2013 — The Weather Channel has granted itself naming rights for winter storms, calling the current nor'easter Nemo. While many meteorologists gripe that it's just a marketing gimmick, others think it might help people focus on severe weather and plan accordingly.
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Jan 30, 2013 — Repairs to the New York City hospital are expected to allow a full reopening in early February. Engineers have been working around the clock to make everything is ready. Bellevue hasn't been able to care for trauma patients since the storm. That has put a strain on neighboring hospitals.
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Jan 15, 2013 — The vote was 241-80; the measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to take it up next week. Tuesday's vote came after outrage earlier this month over a delayed vote on aid for those affected by last fall's superstorm.
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Jan 4, 2013 — A second, larger chunk of aid for those devastated in the late October storm will be voted on later this month. There has been bipartisan outrage this week that the House had not acted sooner.
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