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In Tennessee Jail, It May Soon Be Pay To Stay

If you do the crime, you do the time. But if you're doing time at Anderson County Jail in Clinton, Tenn., it may get more expensive. The county mayor is deciding whether to approve a policy for the jail, just north of Knoxville, that would charge inmates for basic necessities: $9 for pants, $6.26 for a blanket, 29 cents for a roll of toilet paper. UCLA law professor Sharon Dolovich discusses pay-for-stay policies, which are common in jails across the country.
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Remembering Ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain, Who Backed 'Justifiable War'

As a leading public intellectual at the University of Chicago, Jean Bethke Elshtain was known as a political theorist and ethicist who wasn't afraid to talk about God. Elshtain died this month. University of Chicago professor William Schweiker offers a remembrance of his friend and colleague.
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It's Pandamonium Once Again In Washington, D.C.

The National Zoo's giant panda Mei Xiang gave birth to her third cub Friday. Thousands off eyes were glued to the zoo's panda cam as the tiny creature was brought into the world. The arrival of the cub has set off a state of "pandamonium" in Washington.
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While Unsung in '63, Women Weren't Just 'Background Singers'

That sweltering August day in 1963, when almost a quarter-million people thronged the National Mall, women were relegated to the background, even as they played major roles in the movement.
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U.S. Weighs Options On Syria After Reported Chemical Attack

President Obama is meeting with his national security team to discuss reports of Syria's use of chemical weapons, as the U.S. "repositions" warships armed with cruise missiles in the Mediterranean.
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Thousands Gather In D.C. To Mark 1963 Civil Rights March

Organizers say they expect 100,000 people to attend Saturday's events ahead of the Aug. 28 anniversary of the iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.
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San Francisco Under Emergency As Fire Threatens Power, Water

The Rim Fire, which has crossed into Yosemite National Park, is already affecting the power supply to the Bay Area, 150 miles to the west.
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1972 Dolphins Finally Get To Meet The President

Host Scott Simon talks with coach Don Shula, who led the 1972 Miami Dolphins to an undefeated season. Shula and 31 members of that team visited the White House Tuesday.
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Trading Domain Names For A Day With The Candidates

Michael Deutsch loves politics so much so that he systematically purchases Internet domain names that political campaigns might want. But it's not a get-rich-quick scheme. When the campaigns come knocking, asking to take over the domains, he bargains for face time with the candidates.
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Some Judges Prefer Public Shaming To Prison

U.S. prisons are costly and overcrowded. Are punishments like shoveling manure, being made to sleep in a dog kennel or standing on a busy street corner wearing a sign advertising your crime reasonable alternatives? Professor Jonathan Turley from Georgetown University and professor Peter Moskos from The City University of New York join NPR's Scott Simon to discuss the pros and cons of public shaming.

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