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Not Since 1977: No Pulitzer Awarded For Fiction

The Pulitzer Prizes were awarded Monday, but not for fiction. The field had been narrowed to three finalists. Lynn Neary talks with Pulitzer fiction juror Susan Larson about why no prize was awarded in that category.
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Congressional Panels Probe Lavish GSA Spending

House Republicans took the Obama administration to task Monday, this time for a 2010 Las Vegas convention for General Services Administration employees that cost more than $800,000. The convention is the subject of congressional hearings this week.
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China's Policy On Tibet 'Must Be Realistic'

The Dalai Lama stepped down as the politic leader of Tibet's government-in–exile a year ago to devote himself to spreading a spiritual message of compassion and peace. Still, he's been drawn into talking about violence since a wave of deadly protests swept through the Tibetan areas of China. He talks about those events with Renee Montagne.
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Democrat Bob Kerrey Faces Uphill Race In Nebraska

The former governor and two-term senator is vying for the Senate seat left open by retiring Democrat Ben Nelson. But he's been out of Nebraska for more than a decade, and Republicans now outnumber Democrats in the state by a wide margin.
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U.S. Has A Natural Gas Problem: Too Much Of It

A boom in natural gas in the U.S. has driven prices to 10-year lows, threatening the viability of some producers. People needed less gas to heat their homes this winter, but at the same time a huge increase in gas production was made possible by new methods of coaxing gas out of shale rock formations.
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A Poem Store Open For Business, In The Open Air

Zach Houston makes a living on the streets of San Francisco by composing poems on a manual typewriter. Give him a topic, and he'll pound out a poem in a matter of minutes — hopefully for a donation that will help him stay in business.
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Did Obama's Policies Help, Or Hinder, The Economy?

On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney has accused President Obama of making the recession worse. Unemployment is still high, but the president's defenders say the economy would be worse off if not for measures taken by the administration.
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One Roof, Three Generations, Many Decisions

To cope with the hard times, millions of families have pulled together — stacking two, three, even four generations on top of one another. An NPR series explores the lives of three multigenerational households struggling with issues of money, duty and love.
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After The U.S. Leaves, Who Pays For Afghan Forces?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta travels to Brussels this week to meet with NATO ministers. The U.S. is desperate to get NATO countries to pony up more money for Afghanistan, to keep the security effort from collapsing once NATO pulls out and Afghan forces take over.

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