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On The Census, Who Checks 'Hispanic,' Who Checks 'White,' And Why

Lots of people who said they were Hispanic on the 2000 Census who changed their answer on the race question in 2010. There are lots of possible reasons: history, geography — even the questionnaire.
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Maliki Government Blamed For Militants Advance In Iraq

Linda Wertheimer talks to Reuters Baghdad Bureau Chief Ned Parker about Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's time in office, and how his policies have contributed to deteriorating security conditions.
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In Iraq, Conflict Involving Sunni Militant Group Escalates

A Sunni militant group has captured swaths of Iraq including Mosul and the province surrounding it. Late Sunday, there were reports that the group had also seized Tal Afar.
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Gulf Neighbors Struggle To Deal With Militant Advance In Iraq

The takeover of much of Iraq — one of the hubs of the Middle East — by extremist militants has shaken the region. How do Iraq's neighbors see the conflict rippling throughout the area?
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Fighting Across Iraq Creates Fear Of Sectarian War

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with correspondent Leila Fadel in Erbil, Iraq, about the advance of forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS.
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Militants' Advance In Iraq Agitates Oil Markets

Oil prices have spiked since Sunni militants seized Baiji, home of Iraq's biggest refinery. The nation's production capability is under threat, but there's a broader geopolitical story unfolding.
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Three Factions Vie In Iraq's Growing Crisis

Shiites in Iraq appear to be joining militias to defend themselves against Sunni insurgents. NPR's Scott Simon gets the latest from NPR's Leila Fadel in Erbil.
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The Pros And Cons Of U.S. Air Strikes In Northern Iraq

Retired Col. Peter Mansoor was an aide to Gen. David Petraeus during the U.S. surge in Iraq. NPR's Scott Simon asks him to weigh in on U.S. military options now, with Iraq fracturing.
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As ISIS Advances, Iraq's Military Melts Down

Forces from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, now control much of Iraq, as the country's military has disintegrated. NPR's Arun Rath talks to The Guardian's Martin Chulov about the latest.
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Military Strongmen: Seeding Chaos In The Name Of Power

In a region torn by violence, a leader who promises security can be appealing. Men with firm military ties are taking control across the Middle East again; here's one take on how they rise to power.

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