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GOP Criticizes Administration's 'Pen & Phone' Executive Action

Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to announce on Monday an order granting same-sex couples the same legal rights as heterosexual couples. Republicans say this is one more piece of evidence President Obama is not willing to work with them.
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Syrian Official Says 600 Evacuated From Rebel-Held Homs

The refugees were reportedly leaving the besieged city of Homs on the same day that a United Nations aid convoy came under fire.
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New Criminal Sentencing Efforts Aim To Reduce Prison Crowding

This week the Justice Department encouraged people sent to prison under tough old drug laws to apply for clemency. The Senate Judiciary Committee also advanced a bill that advocates call the biggest sentencing reform in decades. Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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Al-Qaida Steps In To Step Out Of Syria

Al-Qaida's central leadership has cut ties with the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria, or ISIS. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Jessica Stern, author of Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill, about what this split tells us about the future of al-Qaida.
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Aid Workers Continue Efforts To Reach Besieged Syrian City

Humanitarian workers continue to try to evacuate civilians from the besieged Syrian city of Homs as negotiators in Geneva prepare for the next round of peace talks. NPR's Rachel Martin gets the latest from reporter Alice Fordham in Geneva.
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Justice Department Extends New Privileges To Gay Marriages

Attorney General Eric Holder has directed the Justice Department to give same-sex married couples "full and equal recognition." This means they will now have spousal privileges in federal courts. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with justice correspondent Carrie Johnson about the policy shift and what it means for same-sex couples.
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Iran: Warships Will Steam Close To U.S. Waters As 'A Message'

An admiral in charge of Iran's 'Northern Navy' said 'fleets' are already making way for Atlantic waters, but he did not say the number or type of vessels.
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Syrian Humanitarian Convoy Reportedly Attacked

The Syrian Red Crescent says its workers were wounded as they tried to deliver aid to a rebel-held section of the besieged city of Homs.
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Obama Administration Sharpens Its Language Toward Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Bashar Assad's regime of using starvation as a weapon of war. Critics say the U.S. has not done enough to stop the violence, but Washington doesn't have many options.
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Who's Carl This Time

Carl Kasell reads three quotes from the week's news: Uh-Oh-Lympics, The Social Anniversary, Last Night.

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