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Maybe 'Muddling Through' Isn't That Bad For The Economy

Whenever a gridlocked Washington faces a money-related crisis — such as those involving the federal debt ceiling, the annual budget or sequestration — solutions involve small sideways moves rather than grand strategies. Still, the U.S. and global economies, while far from robust, are growing.

Rand Paul On Syria: 'I Think There's Evil On Both Sides'

Republican Sen. Rand Paul is one of Congress' leading skeptics of U.S. military strategy, including possible strikes on Syria. He tells NPR why he opposes a strike, and what he thinks the U.S. should do.

Do Americans Feel A Responsibility To Act In Syria?

How are Americans reacting to the crisis in Syria, and President Obama's speech Tuesday night? Host Michel Martin speaks with three editors - in Denver, Dallas and New York - to talk about the regional reactions to the situation.

'Buck' Tells Of Wild Childhood In 'Killadelphia'

MK Asante grew up in in north Philadelphia or as he calls it, "Killadelphia." In his new memoir, Buck, he details how he went from a drug dealing delinquent to becoming a poet and professor. Host Michel Martin talks to Asante about why he turned his life around.

Series Reveals Underground Market For 'Re-Homing' Adoptees

A Reuters investigation has detailed the practice of shuffling unwanted children from one set of guardians to another with the government exercising little or no oversight.

Obama's Problem: The Path Forward In Syria Is No Clearer

Despite the president's Syria speech, the path to congressional authorization of military strikes in Syria is no easier than before. The timing of when, or even if, Congress will hold votes is now an open question.

Nation Pauses To Mark Sept. 11 Attacks

It's been 12 years since the attacks. Just after 8:45 a.m. ET there was a moment of silence marking the time when the first plane struck the World Trade Center. There are also events at the Pentagon and in southwestern Pennsylvania, where the other jets came down.

You've Tracked Down Hundreds Of Accessible Playgrounds. Help Us Find More!

We asked our audience to help us improve our national guide to accessible playgrounds, and it responded, adding or editing hundreds of locations.

U.S. Fleshes Out Russian Plan For Syria's Chemical Weapons

The situation is growing more complicated as the U.S. delves into a Russian proposal to make Syria turn over its chemical weapons. Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona has supported limited U.S. military intervention in Syria. McCain talks to Steve Inkseep about whether the Russian proposal will work.

Obama's Shift On Syria: A Show Of Strength Or Fear?

In the face of congressional and popular resistance to his call for retaliation against Syria, the president had a conversion on the missile flight path to Damascus. But what constitutes presidential wisdom and strength in today's global politics? It may have less to do with traditional notions of strength and more to do with vision and adaptability.