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August 28, 2014 | NPR · For the first time, researchers have tracked the spread of Ebola, almost in real time, during an outbreak. The virus is quickly changing its genetic code. But it's unclear what the mutations mean.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · French President Francois Hollande is under pressure to fix the country's economy, which is overburdened by regulation and failing a generation of young people. He's also facing calls for austerity.
 
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August 29, 2014 | NPR · The Obama administration is considering whether to broaden its air campaign against the extremist group the Islamic State by striking targets in Syria.
 
August 29, 2014 | NPR · Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and the actions of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
 
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August 24, 2014 | NPR · In the wake of violent clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama is ordering a review of the federal programs that help local police departments purchase military gear.
 

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The Government Shutdown

Oct 17, 2013 — The congressional impasse over the government shutdown and the debt ceiling has finally ended. Here's a look back at some key events in the standoff.
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Oct 17, 2013 — With the debt crisis averted and the partisan standoff finally at an end, here are some memorable images from the 16-day partial government shutdown.
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Oct 17, 2013 — What we learned: Obama wasn't bluffing, the House GOP is ungovernable and Republicans blew a golden opportunity to direct attention to the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
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Oct 17, 2013 — Although a debt default has been at least temporarily averted, the knock-on effect for the economy will still bite.
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Oct 17, 2013 — After two weeks of not working, furloughed employees are expected to be back at the job Thursday. But that might not be that simple.
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Oct 16, 2013 — Careers and reputations are often forged in crisis, and the government shutdown and debt ceiling tumult that has gripped Washington for weeks is one of those moments.
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Oct 16, 2013 — The two Democrats played the routine where one officer offers the suspect a cup of coffee and the other smacks it from the suspect's lips. Reid, of course, is the smacker.
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Oct 16, 2013 — Unless Congress raises the debt ceiling soon, the government won't be able to pay its bills. Here's a graph showing some of the big payments coming due.
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Oct 16, 2013 — With hours left before the country tops its borrowing authority, the Senate-crafted, bipartisan measure moves to the chaotic lower chamber. Party leaders are hoping to pass it with a coalition of votes from Democrats and Republicans. The bill — which makes no major changes to the new health care law — would end the first government shutdown in 17 years and avert a default.
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Oct 15, 2013 — Day 15 of the government shutdown had a promising beginning, marked by a bipartisan proposal from Senate leaders to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. But those hopes were quickly dashed.
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