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Virginia Republicans Continue Fight For Offshore Drilling

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It's a new session of Congress, but the same old battles persist. In the last session, House Republicans passed bills to expand offshore oil and gas drilling, but they sat untouched in the Senate. With Congress still divided, Virginia Republicans are working to convince their Senate colleagues to take up a comprehensive energy bill, including wind. Rep. Rob Wittman says environmentalists' fears are misguided about coastal drilling.

"I think that we can safely develop that off the Virginia shore, learning from what's happened elsewhere to make sure we do that in an environmentally responsible way, but also do that in a way that helps the economy of Virginia and the long-term energy security of this nation."

The biggest roadblock for Virginia Republicans may be the president. His moratorium on drilling off Virginia's coast is still in place.

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'Zero K' Freezes At The Edge Of Immortality

In Don DeLillo's new novel, a billionaire secretly funds an enterprise aimed at preserving people through cryogenics — a technology he hopes to use to rejoin his already-frozen wife.
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When It Came To Food, Neanderthals Weren't Exactly Picky Eaters

During the Ice Age, it seems Neanderthals tended to chow down on whatever was most readily available. Early humans, on the other hand, maintained a consistent diet regardless of environmental changes.
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David Cameron's Former Advisor Wants To Revamp The U.S. Conservative Movement

British political operative Steve Hilton tells NPR's Scott Simon what he thinks the conservative movement needs both in the U.K. and the U.S.
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'The Guardian' Launches New Series Examining Online Abuse

A video was released this week where female sports journalists were read abusive online comments to their face. It's an issue that reaches far beyond that group, and The Guardian is taking it on in a series called "The Web We Want." NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with series editor Becky Gardiner and writer Nesrine Malik, who receives a lot of online abuse.

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