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Obama Calls Loss Of Ramadi A 'Setback,' But Denies U.S. Is Losing To ISIS

The comments came in an interview with The Atlantic. The president also discussed the nuclear talks with Iran and his often-frosty relationship with Israel's political leadership.
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'Fast-Track' Trade Authority Wins Key Test Vote In Senate

Lawmakers voted 62-38 to limit debate on a bill that would grant the authority to President Obama, marking a big step toward a new trade pact with 11 Asia-Pacific nations.
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Sen. Rand Paul Stages 'Filibuster' To Protest Patriot Act

The Kentucky senator and presidential candidate opposes the collection of bulk telephone data and other surveillance measures that the government says are needed to combat terrorism.
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Sen. Rand Paul Ends 'Filibuster' Over NSA Surveillance Program

Rand Paul voiced his opposition to the Patriot Act, which authorizes bulk collection of Americans' phone records by the government. Paul says collecting the records is an assault on civil liberties.
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Senate Panel Considers New Constraints On Fed's Emergency Lending

Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel about Congress, the Federal Reserve and banking regulations. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.
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States Lack Accurate Statistics On Widespread Heroin Use

Opiate abuse has reached crisis levels, but some states aren't doing all they can to determine the depth of the problem. Finding up-to-date statistics for specific drugs is often difficult.
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Spending To Fight Wildfires At The Expense Of Preventing Them

In Washington state, a community coalition is bringing homeowners, businesses and government together to figure out how best to use what little money there is to protect the land from destruction.
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Netanyahu Cancels Palestinian-Only Bus Plan Just Before Scheduled Start

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Lahav Harkov, Knesset reporter for the Jerusalem Post, about the politics around a plan to require Palestinian laborers from the West Bank to ride Palestinian-only buses.
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Terminally Ill California Mom Speaks Out Against Assisted Suicide

Stephanie Packer's debilitating illnesses leave her in a lot of pain. But she is opposed to a California bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide.
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Immigrant Family's Hope On Hold After Promises From The President

Six months ago, President Obama announced executive actions that would protect millions of immigrants who are undocumented from deportation. But those actions are on hold pending a lawsuit.

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