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Melissa Block

Melissa Block appears in the following:

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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