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Reelection Forces States To Act Soon On Obamacare

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States now have only nine days to decide whether to do their own health care exchanges or let the federal government do it for them. Analysts expect there will be a lot of scrambling. Some of the states that are trying to ban the individual mandate going forward have Democratic leadership. Missouri has re-elected its Democratic governor, but has banned him from setting up a state exchange. Robert Siegel talks to Julie Rovner.
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For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed

Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.
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#NPRreads: Middle East Air Quality, Lead Poisoning, And Jell-O

Around the newsroom and around the world, here's what we're reading this week.
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Donald Trump In 9 Quotes And 200 Seconds

Trump took his act on the road to Tennessee, where he thrilled a conservative audience with an off-the-cuff routine that bordered on stand-up comedy.
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No More Standing By The Spigot: Messaging App Alerts Water Availability

A startup in India — where an aging, ad hoc system limits water availability — is using text messages to let people know when their faucets should work, so they don't waste hours awaiting the deluge.

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