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Education
3:45 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Senate Passes Student Loan Legislation To Lower Interest Rates

Originally published on Thu July 25, 2013 8:31 am

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

After a long wait, the Senate has finally passed student loan legislation. It would restore lower interest rates for undergraduates. Many of them saw their rates double on July 1st when the Senate missed its deadline.

As NPR's Ailsa Chang reports, the new measure closely resembles both what the president wanted and what the House has already passed.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Obama Speech Part Of Attempt To Refocus Economic Policy

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 6:21 pm

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Joining us from the White House is Gene Sperling, director of the president's National Economic Council. Welcome to the program once again.

GENE SPERLING: Well, thank you for having us.

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Politics
3:45 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Obama Kicks Off Economic Speaking Tour In Illinois

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 6:21 pm

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President Obama went on the road today to reboot his economic agenda with a message that he called a better bargain for the middle class. He returned to Knox College in the small town of Galesburg, Illinois, to launch an economic speaking tour. Galesburg is where, eight years ago, the newly elected Senator Obama delivered his first big economic speech. And as NPR's Ari Shapiro reports, many of the themes haven't changed since then.

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

U.S. Is 'Through The Worst Of Yesterday's Winds,' Obama Says

President Obama during his address Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 1:26 pm

President Obama on Wednesday launched another effort to lay out his vision for how to strengthen the U.S. economy with a midday speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., in which he hit themes familiar to those who followed his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

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NPR Story
10:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Immigration Path Too Slow To Follow The Rules?

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This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi is a legend, not just in his native Zimbabwe, but all over the world. He's 60 years old and he's now put out more albums than he's had birthdays. He joins us in studio for a very special performance chat. He'll talk about the tragedy that inspired his latest album and he'll play some songs for us, as well. That's in just a few minutes. But first, we want to continue this discussion about immigration.

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NPR Story
10:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Jorge Ramos On Latinos And The Future Of U.S. Politics

Univision newscaster Jorge Ramos anchors Noticiero Univision, the top-ranked newscast on Spanish-language TV.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 1:16 pm

Jorge Ramos anchors the top-ranked newscast on Spanish-language TV, Noticiero Univision, alongside Maria Elena Salinas. Sometimes called "the Spanish-language Walter Cronkite," Ramos has been a vocal — and influential — proponent of an immigration overhaul. (In recent summers, Ramos' network Univision has topped the prime-time TV ratings for all networks in the U.S.

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Politics & Government
7:34 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Tilly Retiring From Ala. Child Advocacy Group

Linda Tilly will retire as executive director of VOICES for Alabama's Children at the end of the year.
http://www.alavoices.org

A longtime advocate for Alabama children is retiring.

   The board of VOICES for Alabama's Children announced that Linda Tilly will retire as executive director at the end of the year. Tilly has been with the statewide child advocacy organization for more than 17 years.

Politics & Government
7:27 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Some Lawmakers Favor 'Stands Your Ground' Repeal

Alabama Senator Hank Sanders is one of two legislators saying they'll introduce bills next year that would repeal Alabama's "stand your ground" law.
Birmingham News/Michelle Williams

At least two members of the Alabama Legislature say they will introduce bills in the Alabama next year seeking to repeal Alabama's "stand your ground" law.

   Democratic Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma and Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery say they think the Trayvon Martin case in Florida shows the need to repeal the law.

   Another legislator, Democratic Rep. Merika Coleman-Evans of Midfield, plans to introduce a bill that says a person can't stand his or her ground if he or she was the aggressor.

The Two-Way
6:12 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Weiner's Own Words: Saying One Thing, Doing Another?

Anthony Weiner during an appearance Tuesday in which he admitted that he had continued to "sext" after resigning from Congress in 2011.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 8:25 am

  • The statement Anthony Weiner made when he resigned from Congress on June 16, 2011.

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Economy
6:06 am
Wed July 24, 2013

As Obama Renews Jobs Push, How Is The Economy Doing?

Workers line up pipe while drilling for oil outside Watford City, N.D. While the energy sector has been strong, millions of Americans have been out of work since the recession ended.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 9:35 am

The U.S. economy has been growing for four straight years — each under the leadership of President Obama.

But the pace of improvement has been disappointing to many, especially the nearly 12 million people still looking for work.

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Politics
4:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Hearing Gives Insight Into House Immigration Plans

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:59 am

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Politics
4:55 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Weiner Says He Won't Leave New York Mayor's Race

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:59 am

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This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

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And I'm David Greene. Good morning.

It didn't seem possible, but this year's elections in New York City keep getting more unusual. A couple of weeks ago, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer launched a campaign for city comptroller. It's his first run since resigning after a prostitution scandal.

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NPR Story
3:51 am
Wed July 24, 2013

House To Vote On Defunding NSA Phone Surveillance

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:59 am

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The U.S. House of Representatives is taking up the issue of domestic spying. Lawmakers are expected to vote today on an amendment that would reign in the National Security Agency program that collects the phone records of millions of Americans. This would be the first vote on the matter since the scope of the NSA program was made public in a series of leaks. As NPR's Tamara Keith reports, at issue is an amendment to the defense appropriations bill.

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Abortion Suit
5:24 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Judge Delays Part Of Ala. Abortion Law Until March

A judge has delayed enforcement of a key portion of Alabama's new abortion clinic law until March 24, 2014.
Credit Julie Bennett / al.com

A federal judge has delayed enforcement of a key portion of Alabama's new abortion clinic law until March 24, 2014.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an order Tuesday postponing enforcement to the date suggested by attorneys on both sides of a lawsuit challenging part of the law.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood are trying to block a portion of the law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.

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Shots - Health News
3:19 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Obama Turns To Comedians To Promote Health Coverage

Comedian Sarah Silverman helped get out the vote for Obama in 2008 and 2012.
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Who needs jocks when you've got Jennifer Hudson and Amy Poehler?

That seems to be the message coming out of the White House following a star-studded meeting yesterday led by White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. Its mission: Figure out how to help promote the Affordable Care Act.

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