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House To Vote On Moving Frederick Douglass Statue To U.S. Capitol

A statue of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass has forlornly stood in the lobby of a D.C. government building since 2007, but it may soon be making its way to the U.S. Capitol.

Today the House of Representatives will vote on a measure that would authorize the move of Douglass' statue to the Capitol's Emancipation Hall, where it would join statues of prominent historical figures submitted by the 50 states.

The Douglass statue—along with a second statue of Pierre L'Enfant—was commissioned in 2006, part of the city's fight to gain access to the Capitol's Statuary Hall, where the states are allowed to submit a pair of statues or busts for display. But after years of back-and-forth debate, last year D.C. agreed to a compromise under which it would be allowed to move only one statue.

If the House passes the measure, which was approved by the Senate last week, the Douglass statue would be moved and unveiled on June 19. When that happens, Douglass will be only the fourth African-American to be memorialized with a statue in the U.S. Capitol.

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Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Forty-five years ago, the band “Earth, Wind and Fire” introduced audiences to a new kind of funk--one that fused soul, jazz, Latin and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks to guest host Derek McGinty about breaking racial boundaries in music and how the band is still evolving.

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If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
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What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

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What Verizon Will Get When It Buys Yahoo

Verizon is expected to announce a deal to buy Yahoo's Internet business on Monday. The telecom giant is eyeing Yahoo's content — and more opportunities to sell ads on it.

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