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For Party Defectors, A Warm Welcome (Then Maybe Siberia)

Both political parties are featuring high-profile convention speakers who once were on the other side. They get a lot of attention, but their new partisan paths don't always lead to long-term career success.
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Paralympics Begin In London, Near 'Spiritual Home' Of Games

More than 4,000 athletes from 147 countries will compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, where the opening ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m. ET today. The U.S. contingent of 227 athletes includes 133 men and 94 women. Of the American Paralympians, 20 are U.S. military veterans.
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Reuniting Siblings In Lincoln, Neb.

Camp Catch-Up enables children separated by foster care and adoption to spend a fun-filled weekend with their brothers and sisters — at no cost to the families.
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FEMA Chief: Isaac's Slow Track Means Slow Response

Hurricane Isaac is taking its time as it moves inland from the Gulf Coast and up toward Baton Rouge. That's making it harder for people living in its path and emergency response teams. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate has been to Alabama and Mississippi and joins Steve Inskeep as he arrives in Louisiana to take stock of the storm.
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GOP Platform Aims To Garner Female Votes

In her convention speech, Ann Romney talked about the role of women in America. Host Michel Martin caught up with Rep. Marsha Blackburn before the speech. Blackburn says the concerns of women voters were key in drafting the Republican platform. She co-chairs the GOP platform committee, and heads the Women's Policy Committee in the House.

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