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Why U.S. Taxpayers Started — And Stopped — Paying Brazilian Cotton Farmers

The Brazilians said U.S. cotton subsidies violated global trade rules. So the U.S. government kept the subsidies, and started paying Brazilian cotton farmers, too.
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In Egypt, 'Yes' Votes Spell Easier Path For Military Rule

Although official results have not yet been finalized, it is clear that Egyptians voted overwhelmingly in favor of the new constitution in this week's referendum. Preliminary figures show that slightly more voters cast their ballot than in last year's referendum. According to many analysts, the results of the vote make it easier for military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare himself a candidate in the upcoming presidential election.
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Linking Poverty And Poor Health

As Congress debates cuts to food assistance programs like SNAP benefits, some doctors and advocates for the poor say the study is further evidence that cutting food and other assistance programs leads to expensive health care crises.

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Dispatches From Ethiopia: U.S. Ambassador To The African Union

Kojo talks with the U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, Reuben Brigety, at his home in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, about South Sudan peace talks, the African Union and the U.S. role on the continent.

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Anonymous Speech And Online Reviews

A recent Virginia court ruling requires Yelp to reveal the identities of users behind a handful of negative reviews. We discuss the ruling and its implications for anonymous speech.

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Behind D.C.'s Movie Theater Boom

Over the next few years, the number of movie screens in the District will double. We explore the theater resurgence and find out how the new venues will change moviegoing in the District's neighborhoods.

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U.S. Tries To Limit Iran's Role At Syrian Peace Talks

Prospects for a political settlement to Syria's civil war at next week's talks in Geneva are slim. Iran is a main backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Renee Montagne assesses that support in a conversation with Iran-watcher Barbara Slavin of the Atlantic Council.
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An Unusual Twist In Recent West Bank Clash

In the Israeli-occupied West Bank, near-daily incidents between Jewish settlers and Palestinians keep tensions at a constant simmer. Olive trees are destroyed, tires are slashed, mosques are defaced. But Palestinians defused further violence in a confrontation last week when they protected Jewish settlers.
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The Politics Hour - Jan. 17, 2014

The D.C. Council sparks a new debate with a move to decriminalize possession of marijuana. Maryland's botched health exchange rollout burns the lieutenant governor and other top officials. And Virgina's new governor gets blowback over a liquor board appointment.

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Trial Starts For Suspects In Ex-Lebanese Leader's Slaying

The four Hezbollah members accused of killing former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 are being tried in absentia. Prosecutors in Leidschendam, Netherlands, said Thursday they have pieced together mobile phone data allegedly used by the plotters. Hezbollah has denied any role in the killing.

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