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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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A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.
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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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Every Party But The Real One: A Night Chasing The #WHCD

Washington's biggest night has gotten big because of all the parties happening around the main event. A weekend of nerd prom excess could be seen as D.C. at its worst, or D.C. at its best.
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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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