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Saudi Women Go For A Spin In Latest Challenge To Driving Ban

Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that effectively bars women from driving. Women are making a renewed challenge to the ban by getting behind the wheel and posting videos in advance of a national drive-in set for Saturday.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Classified files show Pakistan secretly endorsed U.S. drone strikes. Saudi Arabia warns of a rift with the U.S. over Syria and Iran. And anger grows among European allies over alleged U.S. spying. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Contractors testify on the Hill about problems with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act website. Same-sex marriage becomes legal in New Jersey. And President Barack Obama renews calls for Congress to pass immigration reform. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

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U.S. Faces Obstacles To Destroying Syria's Chemical Weapons

The U.S. is expected to provide equipment to destroy most of Syria's 1,000-ton chemical weapons stockpile, based on a deal negotiated with Russia. But there are plenty of obstacles. NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman talks to Renee Montagne about the efforts to destroy Syria's chemical weapons.
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House Committee To Hear From HealthCare.gov Contractors

The White House remains in damage control mode over its bug-ridden HealthCare.gov website. CEOs of major insurance companies met Wednesday with top officials at the White House. On Thursday, private contractors who built the website are scheduled to go before a House committee on Capitol Hill. But despite the problems people have had signing up on the federal insurance health exchange website, delaying the requirement for people to buy insurance may be more difficult than it seems.
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Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Women Lose Election, Vow To Return

The religious women challenged the gender norms just by running, but male candidates captured all the seats in the small ultra-Orthodox town.
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Doris Kearns Goodwin: "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, And The Golden Age Of Journalism"

The nation's 26th president was both a leader of the Republican Party and a Progressive. How Theodore Roosevelt used his "bully pulpit" -- a term he coined -- to push through laws to break up monopolies, protect consumers and create national parks.

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Environmental Outlook: The Changing World Energy Picture

The U.S. fracking boom has made the nation the number one energy producer in the world. For this month's Environmental Outlook, what a shifting world energy picture could mean for geopolitics, energy independence and the environment.

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Iran Minister: Man Who Survived Hanging Shouldn't Be Executed

Justice Minister Mostafa Pourmohammadi says sending a drug smuggler to the gallows a second time would hurt Iran's image.
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It Takes A Classroom To Learn The Family Language

Feeling a disconnect with their culture and ethnicity, many young Americans are going back to their heritage languages to bridge the gap. But identity isn't as simple as what language we speak.

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