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House Republicans Frustrated Over Debt Ceiling Debate

Talks between Speaker John Boehner and the White House have dissolved. Now House lawmakers are taking a backseat, as they look to Senate Republicans to make any headway. Virginia Republican Scott Rigell says his party's leaders' hands are tied.

"Lack of clarity even among our own leadership over where the Senate is," he says.

Rigell is prepared to open the government and pass the debt ceiling without receiving any concessions. But Virginia Republican Morgan Griffith is still holding out hope that the GOP can extract even a small victory.

The House isn't slated to return until Monday evening, which isn't giving any hope to furloughed workers in the region.

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Out Of Juvenile Corrections, Poems Of Fury, Loss — And Lingering Beauty

Over 1,000 students submitted their work for Words Unlocked, a poetry contest for juveniles in corrections. Two young poets split the top prize — and they've shared their poems with NPR.
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Farmers Wait, And Wait, For Guest Workers Amid H-2A Visa Delays

For the third year in a row, the H-2A visa program is running behind. That's left farmers waiting for planters and pickers even as the harvest season is well underway.
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Be Like Bernie: Sanders Looks To Spread His Political Wealth

He's beginning to expand his political network by helping upstart progressive congressional candidates and state legislators, lending his fundraising prowess and national fame to boost their bids.
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After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, She Channeled Her Ups And Downs Into Texts

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Natalie Sun about her project, textingwithcancer.com. The website won a Webby award, and documents her pessimism and optimism while undergoing chemotherapy.

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