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Coast Guard Member Dies After Collision With Suspicious Boat

The boat, suspected of illegal activities, rammed into a Coast Guard vessel off of the Southern California coast, knocking two crew members in to the ocean.
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Busting The Filibuster: Setting New Terms

Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico tells host Guy Raz that next month might be the perfect time for Democrats to try a controversial technique to reform the filibuster.
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The Tax Battle Decoded: What $250,000 Gets You

As Congress and the White House battle over a tax and spending plan before the end of the year, one number is at the forefront: $250,000. That's the income level above which the White House wants taxes to rise. Host Guy Raz speaks with Reuters personal finance columnist Linda Stern about where that amount of money goes a long way, and where it doesn't. Plus NPR's Mara Liasson weighs in on the state of budget talks in Washington.
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Obama Cabinet Bingo

The next few weeks will bring huge changes to the Obama administration as the president plots appointments for new secretaries of State, the Treasury, Defense and many others. Host Guy Raz talks with Jim Fallows of The Atlantic about a second-term cabinet.
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Mission Diversify: CIA Begins LGBT Recruiting

Until the 1990s, the agency routinely denied security clearances to gay men and women. Hundreds were purged from government agencies in the '50s and '60s. Today, the CIA is actively searching for them, hoping they'll join.
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Pencils Down? French Plan Would End Homework

President Francois Hollande says the extra work penalizes students with difficult home situations, proposing doing away with homework in elementary and junior high schools. But others argue the individual work is exactly what those students need to succeed.
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Pioneer Of Community TV Celebrates 40 Years

Downtown Community Television has served as both an educational video center for its Chinatown neighborhood and a pioneering independent producer for major broadcast networks. DCTV is marking its 40th anniversary this fall. Jon Kalish talks to its founders, alumni and current crop of students about why its work is still important.
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Is The Voting Rights Act Outdated?

The most effective civil rights law in U.S. history faces its most serious challenge yet as the Supreme Court prepares to re-examine its constitutionality.

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