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An Insider's View Of The Debt Ceiling And Shutdown Talks

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The government shutdown continues and so does the countdown to when the nation hits the dreaded debt ceiling. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., don't seem to get along but they seem to be the last best chance to get the government running and to help the U.S. avoid default. How do two bitter adversaries negotiate? Melissa Block put that question to Jim Manley, who was a top adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and, before that, press secretary to Sen. Ted Kennedy, for a former insider's look at how deals are made on Capitol Hill.
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Lawsuit Will Decide Who Owns 'Star Trek' Language Klingon

Paramount Pictures holds the copyright to Klingon, spoken by some characters in "Star Trek." The Language Creation Society is arguing Klingon is a real language, and is therefore not copyrightable.
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Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.
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The Politics Hour - April 29, 2016

Kojo reviews Maryland's primary results and what they mean for the region and November's elections. The Supreme Court hears arguments in the case of Virginia's former governor. And a major funder of youth programs in the District is bankrupt.

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U.S. Steel Says China Is Using Cyber Stealth To Steal Its Secrets

The steelmaker is asking a U.S. agency to investigate its claims that the Chinese government not only dumps steel at unfair prices, but also uses computer hackers to steal intellectual property.

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