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Melissa Block

Melissa Block appears in the following:

Secret Ruling Found NSA's Surveillance Violated Constitution

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The U.S. intelligence community is releasing a secret court opinion concerning an National Security Agency surveillance program. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court opinion is known to have found the NSA program unlawful. But civil liberties advocates have called for it to be made public.

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'Treme' Cookbook Captures The Flavor Of A Show And A City

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Melissa Block talks with Lolis Eric Elie, a writer and editor behind the HBO series Treme about a new cookbook written in the voices of the show's characters. Elie says it reflects both old New Orleans traditions and more recent influences.

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Prosecution Rests In Court Martial Of Maj. Nidal Hasan

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The prosecution has wrapped up its case against the former psychiatrist accused of opening fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people. Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is representing himself, will present his case beginning tomorrow.

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Obama Supports Some Senators' Call For NSA Reform

Friday, August 09, 2013

At his press conference on Friday, President Obama promised more transparency about the government's secret national security surveillance programs. The president expressed support for some reform efforts being considered in Congress and called for the release of more documents that explain how and why the surveillance effort works and whether it safeguards the privacy of Americans.

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Attorneys Assigned To Fort Hood Shooter Want To Back Out

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

There was an unexpected hold-up on day two of the court martial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused of gunning down fellow soldiers at Fort Hood. His "standby" attorneys have told the judge that don't believe it's ethical for them to keep assisting a man who they believe is trying to get the death penalty.

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Fort Hood Shooter A 'Shrunken' Presence In Court Martial

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The court martial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan began Tuesday at Fort Hood in Texas. Hasan is defending himself and told jurors that the evidence will show he was the man who killed 13 soldiers in 2009. But he said that the trial will not tell the whole story.

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Alex Rodriguez Among MLB Players Suspended For Doping

Monday, August 05, 2013

On Monday, Major League Baseball dropped the hammer on more than a dozen players for using performance-enhancing drugs. Twelve have accepted 50 game suspensions. Alex Rodriguez was suspended through 2014, pending appeal.

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Interpol Asks For Help Tracking Escaped Al-Qaida Inmates

Monday, August 05, 2013

Interpol has issued a global alert asking for help tracking hundreds of terrorism suspects who have escaped from prisons over the past month. The global police organization's alert came just days after the State Department announced that it is closing nearly two dozen diplomatic missions in a roster of Muslim countries. But officials say the two security alerts aren't directly related.

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Fort Hood Shooter To Represent Himself In Court-Martial

Monday, August 05, 2013

The court-martial of Nidal Hasan is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others in the November 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.

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Amazon CEO To Buy 'Washington Post' And Sister Papers

Monday, August 05, 2013

The Washington Post Company announced Monday that it has sold its newspaper business including the Post and its sister papers to Jeffrey Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. Bezos is buying the Washington Post properties as an individual not as part of Amazon.

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Google Ups Its Game Against Apple With New Smartphone

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Google subsidiary Motorola announced on Thursday the launch of a new smartphone, the Moto X. The device, which will be made in America, represents a major plunge into hardware by Google — and pits the company against rivals Apple and Samsung.

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New ATF Head Is Its First Senate-Confirmed Leader In 7 Years

Thursday, August 01, 2013

After a long delay, the Senate has finally confirmed B. Todd Jones to be the first permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives. Who is he and what took so long?

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Obama Makes Rare Trip To The Hill For Closed-Door Meetings

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

President Obama made a rare journey to Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning for closed-door meetings with House and Senate Democrats.

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Obama Administration Looks To Mend Voting Rights Act

Monday, July 29, 2013

President Obama met with Attorney General Eric Holder and an array of civil rights leaders and local elected officials on Monday to talk about voter access in coming elections and ways to counter the recent ruling by the Supreme Court that cut a key enforcement provision from the Voting Rights Act.

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Memorial Service Honors Victims Of Spanish Train Crash

Monday, July 29, 2013

There was a memorial service in Spain on Monday to remember the victims of the country's worst rail disaster in decades. Seventy-nine people died when a train derailed in northwest Spain last Wednesday night.

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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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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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Jubilation, Protest Greet Pope Francis In Brazil

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Pope Francis arrived in Rio de Janeiro on Monday and was greeted by adoring masses and protesters alike. It is his first foreign trip since becoming pope.

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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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