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Are Federal Furloughs The New Normal?

We take a close look at the impact of this summer’s federal belt-tightening and ask what could be ahead for government agencies and their workers.

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Assessing D.C.'s Public Charter Schools

Charter schools in D.C. could begin assessing 3 to 7-year-olds in math and reading under a proposal to better evaluate charter schools and offer parents performance-based comparisons.

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What Do Asian-Americans Owe The Civil Rights Movement?

As the US prepares to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to Scot Nakagawa. He recently wrote an article called "Three Things Asian-Americans Owe to the Civil Rights Movement."
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Are There 'Blurred Lines' Over Summer's Hottest Song?

Robin Thicke may have the hit song of the summer, but Marvin Gaye's family says it sounds too familiar — like the melody in Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." Both sides are lawyering up, and the Barbershop guys weigh in on the dustup.
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Obama: Time Frame For Possible Action On Syria Has Shortened

Reports about the use of chemical weapons near Damascus are "very troublesome," the president tells CNN. For the U.S., "core national interests" are now at stake: Syria's weapons of mass destruction must not be allowed to spread. But military action also requires international support, Obama says.
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Attorneys Offer Court Context For Staff Sgt. Bales' Crimes

In a courtroom at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state on Thursday, Staff Sgt, Robert Bales apologized. Bales massacred 16 civilians in Afghanistan last year and a military jury is about to decide whether his life sentence should come with the possibility of parole.
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Coach Insists Soccer Can Unite Egyptians

American Bob Bradley says the only thing in Egypt that can unite all Egyptians is soccer. Bradley coaches Egypt's national soccer team. He talks to David Greene about the turmoil in the country, and about his team as it closes in on a spot in next year's World Cup.
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Mubarak's Release From Prison Cuts Across Egypt's Divisions

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was released from prison on Thursday. He is under house arrest at a military hospital in Cairo. A court ordered his release this week, but Mubarak could go back to prison if he's convicted in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising against him.
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Week In Review: The Latest On Egypt And Syria

Renee Montagne looks back on the tumultuous events in the Middle East this week with analyst Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Center in Doha. They discuss the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria and Hosni Mubarak's release from prison in Egypt.
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Syrian Doctor Describes Treating Chemical Weapons Victims

Hundreds of people are believed to have perished in an alleged government-launched chemical weapon attack earlier this week on the rebel stronghold of Ghouta, outside of Damascus. Melissa Blocks speaks with Abo Abdulrahman, a doctor from a field hospital there, who reports an enormous influx of patients coming into his clinic.

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