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Digging The Depth Of The NSA Phone Data Program

The White House and lawmakers are defending a secret program that collects data on phone calls made by ordinary Americans. It was revealed Wednesday that the National Security Agency obtained data on calls from Verizon, including calls made locally, inside the United States and calls between the U.S. and overseas. Officials defend the program as necessary for fighting terrorism. Robert Siegel speaks with NPR's Dina Temple-Raston about the program, its scope and civil liberties implications.
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New Jersey's Christie Names Fill-In For U.S. Senate Seat

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has picked the state's attorney general, Republican Jeff Chiesa, to fill the seat vacated by the death of Democrat Frank Lautenberg earlier this week. Chiesa says he will not seek the seat in a special election set for October. The choice is unlikely to please Republicans in Washington, who would like to hold the seat for more than five months.
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Who Belongs To Which List?: Debate Over Organ Allocation

A judge's ruling puts a 10-year-old girl on the transplant waiting list for adult lungs, setting off an ethical debate over organ allocation.
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Contradictions Between Iowa, Illinois Show Uneven Employment

On Friday, the Labor Department will release May jobs data, giving economists a better read on the national labor market. But this much they already know: Unemployment is very uneven, with some states still running nearly double-digit unemployment rates and others hitting full employment. The contrast is especially great between booming Iowa and hard-hit Illinois.
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Michigan Congressman To Become Longest-Serving Member

Democratic Congressman John Dingell has represented the people of Michigan for 57 years, five months and 25 days. On Friday, he will become the longest-serving member of Congress. Robert Siegel talks with Dingell about his proudest moment in Congress and advice to younger members of Congress.
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Baby Moose Benefits From Anglers' Unlikely Catch And Release

Dr. Karen Sciascia and her guide, Seth McLean, were fishing on a Montana river when they spotted a cow moose and a calf that were having trouble crossing the water. When the calf was swept away, they rushed after it.
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Coming Out As Black, When You Were Hispanic

Teen Elaine Vilorio spent years trying to make sense of her racial identity. She describes herself as Hispanic, but other people see her as black. Vilorio speaks to guest host Celeste Headlee about her recent HuffPost Teen blog, 'Coming Out As Black.'

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