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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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Paul Lo, From Hmong Refugee To California Judge

Paul Lo spent part of his childhood in a refugee camp in Thailand. Now he has been appointed as a judge on the Merced County Superior Court in California. That reportedly makes him the first Hmong-American judge in U.S. history. Host Michel Martin speaks with Lo about his unusual path to the bench.
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Battlefield In Northern Syria Evolves As Rebels Fight Rebels

Al-Qaida-linked militants from the group known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, were on the run, pushed out of many of their strongholds by an alliance of rebels opposed to al-Qaida. But now, ISIS has regained control of the only provincial capital held by the rebels.
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'12 Years A Slave' Inspires 'True Conversations' About Slavery

The film depicts the brutality of slavery through the story of a man who endured it. Screenwriter John Ridley hopes the movie will prompt honest exchanges about the nation's history that focus on discovery and introspection, rather than guilt, shame or anger.
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Could 2014 Be The Year The Economy Doesn't Disappoint?

Each of the past several years has begun with optimism that this would be the year the U.S. economy pulls itself out of the doldrums. And each year that optimism has been dashed. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, head of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution, and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, about why so many analysts have an optimistic view of this year's economy.
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Family Economics: Living On The Brink Of Poverty

A new report says one in three women in the U.S. lives at or near the brink of poverty. We explore family economics and the national debate over how to help.

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Behind 911: Challenges And Changes In Emergency Dispatch

From comforting traumatized callers to directing emergency personnel and fighting fatigue, the 911 operator has a critical role in public safety. We explore the challenges facing our region's emergency dispatchers and find out how new technology is changing their work.

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Justices Appear Divided On Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the buffer zones that are often established around abortion clinics. In the courtroom, Chief Justice John Roberts' silence seemed to indicate that he likely will be the deciding vote in the case.

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