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Melissa Block

Melissa Block appears in the following:

Weiner Says He Won't Drop Campaign For NYC Mayor

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner is apologizing again after the publication of still more lewd messages and photos that Weiner exchanged online with a woman who is not his wife. But Weiner says he is not dropping his campaign for mayor of New York City.

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Guy Clark, Music's Master Craftsman, On Making Songs Last

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A friend and inspiration to the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris, Clark creates songs with the same precision and attention to detail he uses when he's building guitars. NPR's Melissa Block visits the songwriting legend at his home in Nashville,n Tenn.

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NASA Uses Photo Of Earth From Saturn To Boost Space Interest

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

On July 19, a spacecraft nearly 900 million miles from Earth took a color picture of our planet. NASA's Cassini spacecraft snapped the picture from orbit around Saturn. Now scientists have finished processing the picture. It shows a small blue dot next to the giant ringer planet.

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Where Are All Of Wyomings Escalators?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

There is a reported paucity of moving staircases in the Cowboy State. And that shortcoming has been posited as a argument for Wyoming to have fewer than its allotted pair of Senators. Audie Cornish and Melissa Block turn to the self-proclaimed escalator editor of the Casper Star-Tribune, Jeremy Fugleberg.

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Investigators Take Action Following Heathrow Fire

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Nearly one week ago, a fire erupted inside a parked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787 at London's Heathrow Airport. Thursday, the British Air Investigation Branch issued a bulletin urging the deactivation of an emergency transmitter on all 787s. The British investigators stopped just short of blaming the Emergency Locator Transmitter for the fire. But they did recommend that the Federal Aviation Administration order the deactivation of beacons on 787s under FAA authority. Melissa Block talks with NPR's Wendy Kaufman.

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Senate Democrats Back Off 'Nuclear Option' To End Filibusters

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his Democrats took their support for President Obama's executive nominations to the brink of the "nuclear option," but then cut a deal with Republicans to pull back.

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Farm Bill Meets Surprise Defeat In U.S. House

Thursday, June 20, 2013

The U.S. House defeated its version of the farm bill this afternoon. The bill would have cut the food stamps program and transformed subsidies for farmers from direct payments to crop insurance premium support. But Republicans lost 60 of their own members who voted no, along with most Democrats.

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New Data Shows Wide Income Gap Within Some Professions

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Melissa Block talks to Adam Davidson about growing income inequality at every level of our economy. Davidson has been pouring over data recently released from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Pentagon Debuts Plans For Opening Combat Positions To Women

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

On Tuesday, the Pentagon released plans for opening most military jobs to women. The armed services have until 2016 to open the positions, which have been closed to women for decades. The military services can keep some specialties closed to women, but must give a good reason for such exceptions.

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Brazilian Leaders Take Conciliatory Tone Toward Protesters

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Protests have erupted in Brazil over the past week. On Monday, there were tens of thousands of demonstrators on the streets of cities across the country. And again on Tuesday, demonstrations have continued. Unlike in Turkey, Brazil's leaders are adopting a conciliatory tone.

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Voters Head To The Polls To Pick New President In Iran

Friday, June 14, 2013

Iranians headed to the polls on Friday to elect a new president. Many people there feel the outcome won't make much difference since the reins of power will remain with the Supreme Leader, Ayatolah Khamenei. Analysts will be closely watching voter turn-out.

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More Information Emerges About IRS Targeting Of Tea Party Groups

Friday, June 14, 2013

Selective leaks from Congressional staff interviews with IRS employees in Cincinnati have been dribbling out for weeks. The workers are at the center of questions regarding the use of "Tea Party" and "Patriot" labels for flagging tax exemptions applications for additional scrutiny.

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Chemical Weapons Use In Syria Crosses U.S. 'Red Line'

Thursday, June 13, 2013

U.S. and European intelligence has determined that the Syrian government has used Sarin chemical weapons on multiple occasions in its fight to suppress rebels. With this determination, the White House says aid for the rebels — perhaps in the form of heavy weapons — will be forthcoming.

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Trial Of Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger Begins In Boston

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Opening statements were held Wednesday in the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, the notorious Boston mobster who is charged with 32 counts of racketeering and murder.

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Protesters Back In Taksim Square After Being Driven Out

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Turkish government leaders are searching for calm. Although the square was generally calm early Wednesday, there were fears of further violence.

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Feds Drop Opposition To Restriction On Sales Of Morning-After Pill

Monday, June 10, 2013

The so-called morning after pill will soon be available without a prescription, on pharmacy shelves, with no restrictions on age. That's because the Obama administration has dropped a long-running battle to keep age restriction on emergency contraception.

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Catholic Church Mediates Cease-Fire Between Honduran Gangs

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

In Honduras, the Roman Catholic Church has arranged a cease-fire between the country's two most violent gangs. The government hopes Tuesday's signing will lower violence in a country that is home to the world's deadliest city.

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Obama Pledges To Be More Transparent About Drone Program

Thursday, May 23, 2013

In a major speech on counterterrorism on Thursday, President Obama said the war on terror has changed and U.S. policy must be adjusted. He promised to be more forthcoming about the government's targeted killing program for terrorism suspects, and said he was open to talking to Congress about ways to review the use of weaponized drones. Carrie Johnson talks to Melissa Block about the evolving drone policy.

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Boy Scouts Vote To Allow Gay Members, But Not Leaders

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Members of the Boy Scouts of America voted on Thursday to allow gay members.

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Boy Scouts Vote On Whether To Allow Openly Gay Members

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Members of the Boy Scouts of America will vote on Thursday on whether to allow gay members.

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