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'A Global Bathtub': Rethinking The U.S. Oil Export Ban

Amid rising production, U.S. oil companies say Congress should end a 1970s-era ban on oil exports. Some energy analysts agree, saying the way we visualize the global marketplace as a sort of chess game is holding us back. They say it's time for a new image: a bathtub.
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Punxsutawney Phil Vs. The Farmers' Almanac: Whom Do You Trust?

We want to know who you turn to for an accurate weather forecast: is it the groundhog, the Farmers' Almanac or the nerds with supercomputers?
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Pollster Says Bridgegate Could Derail Christie White House Bid

Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, tells Weekend Edition Saturday that the latest allegations up the ante on the deepening scandal.
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How To Predict The Super Bowl Champions

This weekend is all about Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. NPR's Tom Goldman joins Scott Simon to talk about the history of the game, and the one key factoid that predicts Sunday's winner that no one has mentioned yet.
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Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution

The state Board of Education has decided to curtail the use of citizen review panels and instead give educators priority in selecting textbooks.
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Tainted Heroin Warnings Blanket Pa. As Overdose Deaths Swell

Pennsylvania public health officials say at least 22 have died from using heroin laced with a more powerful drug called fentanyl.
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Obama Pushes Employers To Consider The Long-Term Jobless

Long-term unemployment is one of America's most pressing problems, with 4 million people out of work for six months or more. That number has remained stubbornly high, even as the overall unemployment rate has fallen. President Obama met with business leaders at the White House on Friday and urged them not to overlook qualified job applicants just because they've been out of work for a while.
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Republicans Retreat To Regroup On Immigration, Debt Ceiling

A year ago, House Speaker John Boehner used a Republican retreat to make peace with the Tea Party caucus. This week's retreat saw Boehner bring up for discussion two divisive issues — the debt ceiling and immigration — with much more self-assurance. Political correspondent David Welna joins NPR's Scott Simon to explain the transformation.
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Ex-Aide: Christie Knew About Lane Closures As They Happened

Former Port Authority Director David Wildstein says there's evidence to show that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie knew about lane closures on the George Washington Bridge while they were in place. Christie has said he didn't know about the politically motivated closures until later, as Monmouth University Polling Institute's Patrick Murray tells NPR's Scott Simon.
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State Department: Keystone XL Would Not Worsen Warming

The Keystone XL oil pipeline proposal cleared a significant hurdle Friday. The State Department concluded the project would not significantly worsen the problem of climate change. The decision has angered environmentalists, who don't want the project to go through.

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