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Venezuela Begins Debate On Future Without Chavez

The Venezuelan president is battling an aggressive form of cancer that forced him to spend much of the past year getting treatment in Cuba. His illness also has ignited debate on who might succeed him.
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Episode 385: How Good Governments Go Bad

As citizens lose trust in their lawmakers, they jockey for special treatment — and often get it. That just compounds the problem, argues University of Chicago economist Luigi Zingales.
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Muslim Brotherhood, Military At Odds In Egypt

Robert Siegel talks to Michele Dunne about the power struggle in Egypt between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military. Dunne is the director of the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.
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'Vultures' Swoop In For Deals In Debt-Ridden Spain

Bargain-seeking investors known as "vultures" are circling Madrid, hoping a shakeout of the banking sector will yield deals at rock-bottom prices. As a condition of Spain's bailout, banks need to get rid of toxic assets such as devalued properties — even if it means taking a loss.
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Syrian Rebels Carve Buffer Zone Near Turkish Border

Syria's rebels have rarely been able to take and hold territory in their 16-month uprising against President Bashar Assad. But the rebels say they can now operate with relative freedom in one small pocket of northwest Syria, just inside the border from Turkey.

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