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Livable Wage For D.C. Big Box Stores Wins Initial Approval

The D.C. Council voted to raise the minimum wage at big box stores to $12.50 an hour despite Walmart's threat to pull out of three planned locations if the measure becomes law. Now Mayor Vincent Gray must decide whether to sign the bill.

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The Ins And Outs Of Restaurant Reservations

Booking a table at your favorite eatery can take advance planning, strategic thinking and flexibility. We'll look behind the scenes at the inner workings of restaurant reservations.

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Syria's War (The Official Version) Plays Out On TV

The highly lucrative Syrian television industry continues to turn out programs — largely from neighboring Lebanon — as the country's civil war continues. The shows are evolving to reflect current events, as envisioned by the government.
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Partisan Rancor In The Senate And The Future Of The Filibuster

The Senate majority leader takes steps that could dramatically change filibuster rules: Blocked nominees, partisan rancor and the future of the filibuster.

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Detroit's Financial Crisis And Its National Implications

The city of Detroit and its $20 billion debt: What's ahead for residents, unions and investors. Plus, implications for other cash-strapped U.S. cities.

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Monday's Bloodshed Hardens Political Divisions

Egypt's interim president, who was installed by a military coup last week, issued a plan calling for parliamentary elections next year and giving himself sweeping powers in the meantime. His move came hours after the deadliest clash yet between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
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What Egyptian State TV Says About The State Of Egypt

Egypt's state-run television station has worked under four different leaders in less than three years. For the past year, it has been pro-Islamist and pro-President Mohammed Morsi — before his ouster. Then it abruptly began reporting the military's view once again.
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Reversing Direction, Some Syrian Refugees Now Heading Home

Syrian refugees have been pouring into Jordan for the past two years. But over the past month, more Syrian refugees went back than came to Jordan. The rough conditions in the Jordanian camps and recent rebel advances are cited among those heading home.
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A 'Mea Culpa'

Nina Totenberg discusses an error she made in a recent story about the Supreme Court term.
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New Voting Laws: Forward-looking Or A Step Back?

Several state legislatures are moving to amend voting laws after a controversial Supreme Court decision limited enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. Host Michel Martin gets an overview of the future of voting rights across the states.

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