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RNC Isn't Focusing On The Elephant In Its Ballroom

They talked about a Hillary Clinton documentary, how well they're raising money and their voter turnout plans. But Republican National Committee members meeting this week didn't directly address the most important issue facing the party: the need to broaden support without losing their base.
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The Multimillion-Dollar Snafu Over $100 Bills

The Federal Reserve has sent 30 million newly designed $100 bills back to the printing presses this week. The new notes are already more than two years past their original circulation date. Host Scott Simon speaks with author and journalist David Wolman to find out why.
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Children's Hospital DJs Spin A Dose Of Joy

In Miami, there are dozens of radio stations. But one is not like the others. Radio Lollipop is housed inside Miami's Children's Hospital. The disc jockeys spin songs, but the message is just as much on hope as it is entertainment.
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Government Reveals The Secret Of Area 51

The CIA has officially acknowledged that Area 51 exists. Host Scott Simon investigates.
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What's Wrong Mandatory Sentencing?

Mandatory sentences for nonviolent crimes have had a devastating impact on communities. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with Marc Levin, director of the conservative Center for Effective Justice at the Texas Public Policy Foundation about the Justice Department's push toward reforming sentencing standards.
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To Care For U.S. Kids, Filipinas Leave Their Own Behind

Tens of thousands of Filipinas work as nannies in U.S. households. Many leave their own children in the care of relatives back home, a wrenching but often unavoidable decision in the impoverished Southeast Asian nation.
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Immigration Reform Activists March To Calif. Farm Country

Bakersfield is conservative, with a large immigrant and farm labor population. Protesters are pushing the city's Republican congressman to adopt the Senate-passed immigration reform bill — and they've got the support of local Republican leaders.
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N.J. Governor Gives Provisional OK to Medical Pot For Kids

Republican Gov. Chris Christie has approved a broad measure to ease restrictions on medical marijuana for chronically ill children, but he won't go as far as lawmakers would like.
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N. America's Oldest Known Petroglyphs Discovered In Nevada

The carvings etched into limestone boulders near Pyramid Lake in western Nevada show that the early North Americans were surprisingly creative artists. The carvings, which are at least 10,000 years old, are abstract, geometric designs including shapes that look like diamonds and trees.
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In Rural N.C., New Voter ID Law Awakens Some Old Fears

Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, North Carolina has a new law to require photo ID at the polls and to shorten early voting. Proponents say the law will stave off voter fraud. Opponents say it will effectively quash the vote of many poor minorities.

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