Each year, as Congress works to wrap up budget and tax bills and other "must-pass" legislation, inevitably not so must-pass items creep into the mix — inserted either to smooth passage for the more important things, or in the hopes that no one will notice. This year marks the first time that leadership has been unable to use earmarks to buy off reluctant votes, and has turned to other forms of grease instead. NPR's David Welna reports.
Investigators are studying a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean. They believe it could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014. NPR has more about the debris, and what it could tell us about the missing airplane.
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