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Virginia Lawmakers Schedule Special Session To Debate Medicaid Expansion

Republican legislative leaders in Virginia are scheduling a special session in September to debate whether to expand Medicaid eligibility, something GOP lawmakers have already made clear they oppose.

House Speaker Bill Howell and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment are planning to call a special session in late September.

They said the special session was a fulfillment of promises Republicans made during a months-long budget impasse earlier this year to give a full and fair debate to Medicaid expansion, which both Howell and Norment said they continue to oppose.

Most Republicans oppose expanding Medicaid, while Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and most Democratic lawmakers support it. The governor has vowed to try and expand federally funded healthcare for the poor without legislative approval.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

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From Dock To Dish: A New Model Connects Chefs To Local Fishermen

Prominent chefs are signing up for restaurant-supported fisheries: They commit to buying fresh-caught seafood, whatever the species, from local small fishermen. A pilot program launched in California.

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The Role Of Music In Presidential Campaigns

Presidential candidates today frequently use popular pieces of music as campaign "theme songs"...often without approval from the musicians themselves. But using music on the campaign trail is not a modern phenomenon: it goes back to our earliest presidential elections. In the 1800s songs were used out of necessity: to reach potential voters who could not read. We investigate the history, evolution, and modern-day role of music in political campaigns.

NPR

Yahoo CEO To Take Limited Leave After Giving Birth To Twins

NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Slate DoubleX Gabfest's Hanna Rosin about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to take just two weeks worth of parental leave after having twins in December.

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