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Sen. Reid Threatens Nuclear Option To Confirm Nominees

Senate Republicans have continued blocking a number of President Obama's appointees to run his executive agencies. Majority Leader Harry Reid again has threatened a rules change to permit appointment confirmations with a simple majority vote.
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Okla. Real Estate: Priced To Sell, Includes Storm Shelter

After last week's deadly tornado in Moore, Okla,, hundreds of homes were damaged. Maurice Smith is optimistic about the future in Moore. So much so, he is planning to build a new home and sell the old one without an agent. And he expects it will be snapped up quickly. The reason? Displaced residents are looking for homes, and his has a storm shelter.
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Tragic Result: Sniper Tries To Help Troubled Veteran

Chris Kyle was one of the deadliest American military snipers in history. In February, the former Navy SEAL was shot and killed — not on the battlefield, but on the homefront at the hands of a fellow veteran. David Greene talks to Nicholas Schmidle, who reports in the latest issue of The New Yorker magazine how these two men and their invisible scars of war intersected tragically.
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New York's Bike Share Program Off To A Bumpy Start

Riders can pick up a bike, take a ride and return it to a different location. About a hundred keys that members use to unlock bikes were lost in the mail. And, as workers were loading the $825 bikes for the first day of service, someone snagged one and rode off.
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Minimalist Parenting: Doing More With Less

For many children, summer break is filled with activities like math classes and language lessons. That's leading some parents to wonder what ever happened to a laid-back summer of playing outside and riding bikes? Host Michel Martin speaks with a roundtable of moms about 'minimalist parenting.'
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The Business And Science Of Storm Shelters

There are no definitive numbers on how many people were saved by storm shelters in the deadly tornado in Moore, Okla. There's little doubt that those who sought cover in previously-installed underground shelters and safe rooms were protected. Still, most people in high-risk areas don't have them.

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