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The Art Of Diplomacy Has Its Rules

When an American president is meeting a foreign leader, it's important to respect the country's customs. Many countries have an office for that. This week, the chiefs of protocol from 100 countries met in Washington, D.C., for their first annual conference. Guest host David Greene speaks with Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, the chief of protocol of the U.S., about her role in diplomatic efforts.
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Jobs Back At Political Forefront

Guest host David Greene talks with NPR's Mara Liasson about the week in politics, including the jobs report, Romney's problems with conservatives and public opinion after the health care ruling.
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Urgency Reigns At Vote-Focused NAACP Convention

The nation's oldest civil rights organization holds its annual convention in Houston this week. As in any election season, the group is putting energy into voting rights and voter turnout. But this year, the dramatically high rate of unemployment rate among African-Americans is also a key concern.
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House Lawmakers Divided Over Farm Bill

House lawmakers face the farm bill when they return from their July 4 recess.

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Scranton's Public Workers Now Paid Minimum Wage

The Pennsylvania city has slashed the pay for all its public employees — including firefighters and police — to $7.25 per hour. Mayor Chris Doherty says there isn't enough money in the bank to pay full wages.
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Economy's In Low Gear, But Obama's Bus Keeps Rolling

President Obama spent the last two days on the road, campaigning in Ohio and Pennsylvania. NPR's Scott Horsley wraps up the president's trip and his effort to put a positive spin on the monthly job creation numbers and jobless rate.
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'Social Welfare' Organizations Play Big Role In Presidential Politics

Some of the heaviest advertisers are groups financed by anonymous donors. They're not organized as political committees, but as "social welfare" organizations. One of those groups, led by GOP strategist Karl Rove, is rivaling the campaigns themselves for ad money spent so far in the election.

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