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Latin America
4:39 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Guatemalan Ex-Dictator Rios Montt Found Mentally Unfit For Genocide Retrial

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 5:34 pm

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Latin America
4:39 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Lead Prosecutor Brings Gandhi-Like Attitude To Brazil's Corruption Scandal

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 10:11 pm

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It's All Politics
4:22 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Does It Matter That 95 Percent Of Elected Prosecutors Are White?

A new report counted the race and gender for more than 2,400 elected prosecutors and found that 95 percent are white.
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Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 6:41 pm

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's African-American state's attorney, took the spotlight earlier this year when she filed charges against six police officers in her own city. The officers were charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, an African-American man who died while in custody.

It was a powerful image to some Baltimore residents — an African-American woman who said she heard where the city's protesters were coming from, but also that she came from a family of police officers and needed the public to let her do her job.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Congress Considers Reauthorizing No Child Left Behind Standards

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 5:34 pm

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Europe
3:30 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Greece's Tsipras Tells EU Leaders He Wants 'Socially Just' Solution To Crisis

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 5:34 pm

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Greece's prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, went before the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, today. He said he wants a fair and viable solution to his country's debt crisis. The atmosphere in the chamber was heated.

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Around the Nation
3:30 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

South Carolina House Debates Removing Battle Flag From Capitol Grounds

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Politics
3:30 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Russia Vetoes U.N. Proposal To Call Srebrenica 'Genocide'

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It's All Politics
2:55 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

5 Things You Should Know About Jim Gilmore

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore said Wednesday he is running for the GOP nomination for president and will make an official announcement the first week in August.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 8:52 am

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he's in and plans to make an official announcement the first week in August.

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It's All Politics
1:28 pm
Wed July 8, 2015

Playlist: Campaign Songs That Made Musicians Mad

Bruce Springsteen has complained that his song "Born in the USA" has been played or quoted by Bob Dole, Pat Buchanan and Ronald Reagan. Springsteen performed at campaign events for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.
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Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 4:14 pm

This campaign season, it was Donald Trump playing "Rockin' in the Free World" at his presidential announcement. Singer Neil Young was not happy.

But before Trump, there was "Dole Man," "Sarah Barracuda" and many other attempts by candidates to use popular songs, only to make musicians mad.

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Political Commentary
11:54 am
Wed July 8, 2015

APR Political Commentator Steve Flowers: "Alabama's Dual Budgets"

APR Political Commentator Steve Flowers

Alabama lawmakers are still struggling to finalize the general fund budget. Governor Robert Bentley says he’ll call the state House and Senate into a special session next month to talk about raising revenue. The legislature didn’t finish the general fund spending plan, but they all did complete the six billion dollar education budget. If you’ve ever wondered why Alabama has two budgets, well—APR political commentator Steve Flowers tries to sort it all out…

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It's All Politics
11:42 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Sanders Among The Least Wealthy Presidential Candidates

Sen. Bernie Sanders' household took in more than $205,000 in 2014, and paid the feds nearly $28,000 in taxes.
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This story was first published by Vermont Public Radio.

Sen. Bernie Sanders spends a lot of time on the presidential campaign trail talking about the plight of the middle class and the prodigality of the "one percent."

Meanwhile, Sanders and his wife, Jane, were likely in about the top 5 percent of American income earners last year, according to copies of their 2014 tax returns obtained by Vermont Public Radio.

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The Two-Way
10:47 am
Wed July 8, 2015

S.C. House Votes To Remove Confederate Flag From Capitol Grounds

Jalaludin Abdul-Hamid, a protester against the Confederate flag that flies outside the South Carolina Statehouse, speaks to a flag supporter Tuesday.
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Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 1:20 am

Updated at 2:15 a.m. ET Thursday: Final Vote

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It's All Politics
10:45 am
Wed July 8, 2015

Clinton Is 'Worried' About Bernie Sanders — But Should She Be?

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., cheer at a campaign rally in Portland, Maine. Sanders is packing 'em in: 10,000 people in Madison, Wis.; more than 2,500 in Council Bluffs, Iowa; another 7,500 in Portland.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 11:38 am

Hillary Clinton's campaign is telegraphing that it is "worried" about an insurgent Bernie Sanders. But should it be?

"We are worried about him, sure," Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri said Monday on MSNBC's Morning Joe. "He will be a serious force for the campaign, and I don't think that will diminish."

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It's All Politics
10:09 am
Wed July 8, 2015

For Limberbutt McCubbins, 'The Time Is Meow' To Run For President

Candidate Limberbutt McCubbins is not the first non-human to become a presidential candidate. Others include a pig named Pigasus the Immortal in 1968 and Molly the Dog in 2008.
Courtesy Emilee McCubbins

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore is the latest candidate to enter the 2016 presidential race — he told the Richmond Times-Dispatch Tuesday that he plans to make a formal announcement in August.

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Politics
4:01 am
Wed July 8, 2015

House And Senate Lawmakers Work To Revise No Child Left Behind Law

Originally published on Wed July 8, 2015 5:21 pm

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This week, lawmakers in the House and Senate are working to rewrite No Child Left Behind. That's George W. Bush's signature education law that was passed in 2001. NPR's Juana Summers covers Congress and joins us with the latest. Hey, Juana.

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