It's been a particularly bloody week in Syria, especially in the north, where as many as 200 died in clashes between army troops and defectors. Friday, two explosions in Damascus killed more than 40. Amid the escalating violence, the Arab League sending in monitors to oversee a peace plan. NPR's Deborah Amos speaks with host Scott Simon.
A short-term fix for the nearly empty Highway Trust Fund is a step closer to President Obama's desk. Congress has been talking about the long-term problems with the construction account, but the two chambers have not agreed on a long-term solution.
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