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Senate Democrats Defect On Obama Civil Rights Nominee

The clash over attorney Debo Adegbile's Justice Dept. nomination pitted powerful law enforcement interests against the civil rights community.
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Even After The Floods, The Drought Continues

The storms that drenched California recently did little to combat one of the state's worst droughts in a century. Farmers in California's Central Valley say they need "Biblical proportions" of rain.
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Kerry And Russian Diplomat Talk Crimea In Paris

Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, in the first direct high-level meeting between the U.S. and Russia since Russia sent troops into Crimea.
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With Waste Dump Closed, Where To Put Nuclear Leftovers?

Workers are about to re-enter a New Mexico waste dump that was hit by a recent accident. The incident is shaping up to be yet another setback in the quest to find a home for America's nuclear waste.
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IRS Hearing Begins With Refusals To Answer — And Ends In Shouting

The House Oversight Committee again called Lois Lerner to testify on IRS actions and again she pleaded the fifth. The hearing ended in an argument between committee members.
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College Board Breaks Out Red Pen For SAT Corrections

The College Board is announcing new revisions to the SAT college entrance exam. NPR correspondent Claudio Sanchez lays out the Board's proposed changes.
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Hagel's On The Hill, Pushing For A Slimmer Military

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is on Capitol Hill Wednesday to explain why smaller budgets will require a smaller army — even as tensions with Russia flare anew in the Ukraine.
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Military Budget Marks A Major Shift — Why This, Why Now?

Gordon Adams, a professor of international relations at American University, analyzes Defense Secretary Hagel's vision for a new, slimmed-down military.
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Before Obama's New Initiative Stands A Landscape Of Hard Numbers

Dedrick Muhammad is senior director of the NAACP Economic Department and executive director of its Financial Freedom Center. He explains the state of Black America in statistics.
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Decades-Old Case Looms Large In Defeated Civil Rights Nomination

Debo Adegbile was the nominee to lead the Justice Department Civil Rights Division, and he has a compelling story — from child actor to activist lawyer. The Senate defeated his nomination Wednesday.

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