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Microphone Check
1:43 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Cormega: 'I Just Want To Be A Soldier For My Culture'

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NPR Story
1:30 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Wisconsin's Collective Bargaining Limits Survive Legal Challenges

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 5:07 pm

Wisconsin's Supreme Court has upheld Governor Scott Walker's signature law restricting public employee union bargaining rights. The law has already been upheld twice in federal court, but, as Wisconsin Public Radio's Shawn Johnson reports, the new decision in state court effectively ends legal challenges to the law.

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Middle East
1:26 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

On Either Side Of Gaza, Leaders' Gain Support — But Blame Game Awaits

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 6:19 pm

Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians. For more on the changes to public opinion, Ari Shapiro speaks with Camil Fuchs of Tel Aviv University and Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah.

Shots - Health News
1:20 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up

Tobacco giant Reynolds American is buying Lorillard and acquiring Newport, a popular menthol cigarette. In a shrinking market, Newport is one of the few U.S. brands gaining market share. It is particularly popular among African-American smokers.
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Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 5:07 pm

Robin Koval is making a career of her changed tobacco habit.

"I'm a child of a smoker — my father was a heavy smoker," Koval says. "Really typical to the way the story goes, I started smoking when I was 15."

Now she is president and CEO of Legacy, a foundation devoted to preventing tobacco use.

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Law
1:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Star Witness Steps Up To The Stand In McDonnell's Corruption Trial

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 5:07 pm

The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to unfold in Richmond. The prosecution's feature witness, Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie Williams, testified Thursday against McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Jeff Schapiro has helped in the Richmond Times-Dispatch coverage of the trial, and he speaks with Ari Shapiro.

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Politics
1:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast

Members of Congress are racing to take advantage of "franking" privileges, which allow them to replace postage with their signature. They are not allowed to use franking within 90 days of an election.
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Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 5:07 pm

Members of Congress face a deadline next Thursday — 90 days before the election — to put constituent newsletters in the mail. Carefully timing the mailings is just one fillip in the fine art of congressional communications, especially those that might suggest campaign messages.

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Europe
1:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

To Understand Putin's Policy, Dissect The Kremlin's Inner Circles

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 5:07 pm

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Politics
1:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Facing Conservative Opposition, House Republicans Nix Border Bill Vote

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 5:07 pm

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National Security
1:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

CIA Director Apologizes For Meddling In Senate Computers

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 5:07 pm

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U.S.
1:15 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

In Obama's Foreign Policy, Some See Patience; Some See Passivity

President Obama announced new economic sanctions against Russia at the White House on Tuesday.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Thu July 31, 2014 5:07 pm

A new Washington Post-ABC poll shows fewer than half of Americans approve of the way President Obama is handling international affairs.

But the president's grade on foreign policy has actually improved slightly since the beginning of summer, even as crises around the globe have multiplied. And Obama says he's confident in his strategic approach, even as he cautions that there are no quick fixes.

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