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Japanese Leader To Make Rare White House Visit

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda meets with President Obama in Washington on Monday. It's been more than three years since a Japanese head of state attended a summit at the White House. Lucy Craft explains why.
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National Guard Members' Next Battle: The Job Hunt

As more soldiers return to civilian life, a civilian job may not be there waiting. Service members with the National Guard have the extra challenge of convincing employers to hire them when they may be called to active duty for a year or more. There are laws to protect them, but it's hard to prove discrimination.
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After L.A. Riots, A Failed Effort For A Broken City

Twenty years ago, while the ashes of the riots in L.A. were still smoldering, then-Mayor Tom Bradley announced a new organization that would repair the shattered city: Rebuild L.A. Its mission was to spend five years harnessing the power of the private sector to replace and improve on what was lost. While it created a lot of hope, it created even more disappointment.
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Help For The Economy? Not From Debt-Bound Grads

In a little more than 10 years, the total amount of student loan debt in this country has doubled to more than $1 trillion. While soaring student debt won't likely start another banking crisis, the problem could slowly drag down future economic growth.
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Civil Liberties Groups See Holes In Cyber Defense Bill

The House has approved a bill designed to improve the nation's defenses against cyber attacks by foreign governments or terrorists. The measure would make it easier for the government and private sector to share data about suspected cyber threats. Civil liberties groups say the bill is a threat to privacy and Internet freedom. Even though it passed the House with significant support from Democrats, the White House is threatening a veto. NPR's Steve Henn reports.
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Profiled By The TSA? There's An App For That

Sikhs and other religious and minority groups often say they're unfairly singled out for additional screening. Now they hope to make their case with the help of a new mobile app.
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Pastor Joel Osteen: An Everyday Message, Magnified

Osteen is the pastor of the largest church in America: Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His television program reaches more than 10 million households in the U.S. What's made him so popular? Osteen says it has more to do with positive messages than scripture readings.
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'What Good' Does Congress Do? Don't Ask

Host Scott Simon speaks with reporter Robert Draper, the author of the new book Do Not Ask What Good We Do. In the book, Draper follows the 112th Congress and the 2010 Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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