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Power Breakfast: Spending Discussed, Political Chicken Ensues

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Democrats and Republicans both say they won't back down. This showdown could mean a government shutdown.When it gets back next week, the Senate has only four days to consider a controversial spending plan approved by the House. Republican senators, like Lamar Alexander of Tennessee say, the Senate should seize the chance to make the nation fiscally sound.

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For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed

Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.
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#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.
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Donald Trump In 9 Quotes And 200 Seconds

Trump took his act on the road to Tennessee, where he thrilled a conservative audience with an off-the-cuff routine that bordered on stand-up comedy.
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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

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