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Melissa Block

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U.K. Lawmakers Vote Against Syria Strike

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron called a special gathering of Parliament to argue forcefully for military intervention in Syria in response to the apparent chemical strike that he said killed hundreds there. He met with opposition among legislators who don't want to rush to war. After a vigorous debate, they voted against the government.

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DOJ Won't Sue To Overturn Recreational Pot Laws

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Department of Justice issued new guidance Thursday on enforcement of marijuana laws. The move comes after two states — Colorado and Washington — legalized marijuana for recreational use. The department said it would not sue to pre-empt those laws as long as the two states follow the new policy, which applies to all 50 states. The government's priorities for prosecutors include keeping drug profits away from gangs and cartels, and keeping marijuana away from children.

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Obama Echoes Martin Luther King Jr. On March Anniversary

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

President Obama joined thousands at the Lincoln Memorial to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

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Middle East, Civil Rights Intersect At White House

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

President Obama reached the White House largely on his opposition to U.S. intervention in the Middle East and his gift for both using and transcending his race. This week, the pressure to intervene in Syria has become overwhelming, just as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington — the iconic climax of the civil rights movement.

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San Diego City Council Considers Mayor's Resignation

Friday, August 23, 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is expected to resign on Friday after the city council approves a tentative deal struck earlier this week. The details of the agreement are not know at this point.

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San Diego Mayor Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Friday, August 23, 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigned on Friday. The city council struck a deal under which Filner — a Democrat — will step down on Aug. 30. It's the end result of a sexual harassment scandal that has seen more than a dozen women accuse Filner of inappropriate behavior.

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Soldier Who Admitted To Killing Afghans Apologizes In Court

Thursday, August 22, 2013

"Sorry just isn't good enough, but I am sorry." That apology was offered Thursday by Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, in a military court at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. Bales agreed to plead guilty to killing 16 Afghan civilians as part of a deal that spared him the death penalty. His sentencing hearing is wrapping up this week.

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Obama Calls For College Affordability On Bus Tour

Thursday, August 22, 2013

President Obama was in Buffalo, N.Y., today, talking up the college affordability program at the SUNY campus there and urging Congress to do more to support higher education. The president also has a political agenda as he drives from town to town. NPR's Scott Horsley is with the president and joins us now.

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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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