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Conservatives Disagree With Obama's Social Spending Proposals

January 22, 2015 - 4:59am

Steve Inskeep talks with David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, about what, if anything, Republicans can work with in President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Obama Defends His Aggressive Agenda In Boise, Idaho

January 22, 2015 - 4:59am

In his State of the Union address, President Obama talked about middle-class tax cuts, free community college and paid sick leave. The next day, he headed to Boise to drum up support for his ideas.

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At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs

January 22, 2015 - 4:55am

Along California's central coast, the city of Monterey and the Army's Defense Language Institute have formed a partnership, saving about $2 million a year by sharing costs.

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The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing

January 22, 2015 - 3:39am

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.

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X-Rays Open Secrets Of Ancient Scrolls

January 22, 2015 - 3:38am

Scientists have used a particle accelerator to read ancient scrolls without unrolling them. The breakthrough could potentially be used to decipher hundreds of texts.

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Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

January 22, 2015 - 3:34am

NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower-income patients. Sen. Chuck Grassley says hospitals doing that could be breaking the law.

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Police Fire Tear Gas On Kenyan Kids Protecting A Soccer Field

January 22, 2015 - 3:34am

Hundreds of kids in Nairobi protested the loss of their playground to a developer Monday. In the end, the children did what ordinary Kenyans are rarely able to do: defend a public space.

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Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

January 22, 2015 - 3:32am

In Los Angeles, some see drought as a design opportunity. The Arid Lands Institute in Burbank is developing ways to turn the city into a "sponge" in order to take in water and store it for later.

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E-Cigarettes Can Churn Out High Levels Of Formaldehyde

January 21, 2015 - 5:03pm

Unexpectedly high levels of the cancer-causing chemical were found in an analysis of the vapor from e-cigarettes, researchers say.

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Rep. Cole: Obama Used Tax Issue For Partisan Advantage

January 21, 2015 - 7:42am

David Greene talks to Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma about his reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech.

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I'm Over The Moon Obama Brought Up Broadband, Sen. Heitkamp Says

January 21, 2015 - 7:36am

Renee Montagne talks to Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota about President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Man Cited In Georgia For DWE: Driving While Eating

January 21, 2015 - 7:03am

A police officer in Cobb County told Madison Turner, who's from Alabama, that, "You just can't go down the road eating a hamburger."

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Oldest Woman In Scotland Knows The Secret To A Long Life

January 21, 2015 - 6:55am

Jessie Gallan, 109, says her secret is a nice bowl of porridge every morning — and avoiding men.

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Obama's Speech Included Historic Words

January 21, 2015 - 6:50am

According to observers, it was the first time a president used the words: lesbian, transgender and bisexual in a State of the Union speech. Obama made another first when he mentioned Instagram.

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Shanghai Officials Fired Over Stampede That Killed 36

January 21, 2015 - 5:02am

It was announced that the Huangpu District's Communist Party secretary, government chief, police chief and deputy police chief were fired and 7 other officials were demoted or otherwise disciplined.

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Scandium Middleman Is A Rare Guy Selling A Rare Element

January 21, 2015 - 5:02am

Our Planet Money team has a story about a man who realized at the time that he was the only person in the world with his job. It was a job selling something almost no one wanted.

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Obama Will Need GOP Help To Accomplish Some Issues, Rep. Clarke Says

January 21, 2015 - 5:02am

David Greene talks to Democratic Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York. She is the vice chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and offers reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address.

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Illinois' Financial Condition Is Dire, Gov. Rauner Warns

January 21, 2015 - 5:02am

A study suggests Illinois' gigantic budget hole may be much deeper than previously thought. And that leaves that state's new Republican governor with the difficult task of having to fix it fast.

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Republican Sen. Gardner Weighs In On Obama's Speech

January 21, 2015 - 5:02am

Renee Montagne talks to Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner for his take on President Obama's State of the Union Speech.

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Obama Lays Out Ambitious Agenda In Address To Nation

January 21, 2015 - 5:02am

Undeterred by the big losses his party suffered in November, the president challenged the new majority Republicans to turn the page on the economic recession and embrace "middle-class economics."

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