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Lawmakers Blame Each Other For Collapse Of Unemployment Benefits Plan

Lawmakers in the region are pointing fingers over who's to blame for not extending long-term unemployment benefits.

Before lawmakers left town last week, 10 senators unveiled a plan to extend long-term unemployment benefits, which expired at the end of last year. Now Speaker John Boehner is throwing cold water on the plan, saying it's unworkable for states to back pay benefits that lapsed at the end of 2013. Boehner is calling on Democrats to pass GOP bills aimed at unwinding regulations and expanding oil and gas exploration, which Republicans say will create jobs.

Northern Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerry Connolly says this issue will play an important role in November's elections. "You know, this is one of those questions where you can see a difference, I think, in values," Connolly says. "Something like close to 40 percent of the unemployed in America are long-term unemployed. And the devastation to those individuals and their families is really quite serious."

With the two parties still wrangling over the details, more than a million people are still wondering if they'll receive their unemployment checks.

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'Game Of Thrones' Finale Sunday Caps A Season Of Satisfaction

NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says HBO's most popular series soared this year with plots that moved beyond George R.R. Martin's published books.
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With A Zap, Scientists Create Low-Fat Chocolate

Scientists say they've figured out how to reduce the fat in milk chocolate by running it through an electric field. The result is healthier, but is it tastier?
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Analysis Of The Last Supreme Court Decisions Of The Term

Supreme Court decisions are expected soon on issues that include access to abortion and limits on executive power: Analysis of major decisions at the end of the term and the impact of a vacant seat on the court.

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President Obama Acknowledges 'Brexit' To Silicon Valley Crowd

President Obama delivered a speech Friday at Stanford University, and remarked on the Brexit vote in front of a crowd of young, tech-forward, pro-globalization attendees from 170 countries.

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