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The Truth Behind the Israeli Kidnapped Teens Story

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The conflict in Gaza continues, and the roots of this summer's violence can, in many ways, be traced to the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in June. Sheera Frenkel, Buzzfeed Middle East correspondent, talks about her reporting that shows the teens were kidnapped by a "splinter" group not formally affiliated with Hamas, the off-and-on negotiations for a ceasefire, and what comes next.

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The Takeaway

Has Congress Fixed the VA for Good?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

After six weeks of negotiations, Congress has finally reached an agreement on how reform the veteran healthcare system. A key part of the proposal lets veterans bypass the VA system in the case of a backlog and instead seek out treatment from non-VA Medicare-eligible providers. 

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The Takeaway

An Inside Look at Gaza's Tunnels

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In a televised address late Monday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his citizens to prepare for a long fight in Gaza. 

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The Takeaway

ISIS: From Militia to State

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The conflict in Syria is producing some gruesome images and harrowing statistics. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that 1,600 people had been killed in just 10 days this month.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

America’s Role in the Unfolding Chaos in Iraq

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Frontline examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq: How did we get here? What went wrong? And what happens now?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Senate Showdown, A Long Fight in Gaza, and E-Waste as Music

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

1. An Inside Look at Gaza's Tunnels | 2. Democrats & Republicans Showdown as 2014 Midterm Elections Heat Up | 3. Electronic Waste Orchestra Turns Trash into Tunes | 4. Mistrust Fuels Deadly Ebola Outbreak | 5. Listeners Respond: Ramadan Reflections

All Things Considered

After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill

Monday, July 28, 2014

Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.

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The Takeaway

Is America Still Israel's Best Friend?

Monday, July 28, 2014

The way most Americans understand our relationship with Israel has changed a great deal since the country's founding in 1948.

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A Different Kind of Senate Candidate

Monday, July 28, 2014

Gil Fulbright may have is very own campaign bus, but Gil won’t be featured on the ballot come November, because he’s not even a real person. He’s a satirical character, a product of the bi-partisan organization Represent.Us, designed to highlight the corrupting influence of big money in politics.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How to Fix Broken Windows

Monday, July 28, 2014

A string of police abuse stemming from low-level crime arrests has opened up questions about whether Commissioner Bratton's "broken windows" is back, and whether it's working. With The New York Times editorializing against both Broken Windows and marijuana criminalization, we assess the policy with Josmar Trujillo, an organizer with New Yorkers Against Bratton, who has written that many New Yorkers were "fooled by the campaign rhetoric of...Mayor Bill de Blasio."

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The Takeaway

Congress Reaches Deal on Veterans Bill

Monday, July 28, 2014

It's the last week before Congress heads home for August recess, and we may actually see a break from the usual congressional gridlock when it comes to veterans affairs. House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise over the weekend to help the embattled veteran healthcare system.

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Morning Edition

When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.

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Morning Edition

The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System

Monday, July 28, 2014

Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Different Kind of Candidate, A Deal for Veterans, and The Rising Price of Chocolate

Monday, July 28, 2014

1. America: Israel's Best Friend? | 2. Deadly Ebola Virus Reaches U.S. Physicians | 3. You've Been Warned: The Price of Chocolate is Rising | 4. Congress Reaches Deal on Veterans Bill | 5. A Different Kind of Senate Candidate: On That Only Wants Your Money

The Brian Lehrer Show

Here Comes The Boom

Monday, July 28, 2014

There's a new subprime boom, based on auto loans given to people with poor credit, by the millions. One of the authors of a New York Times report on this issue explains. Plus:  The latest on the Governor Cuomo and the Moreland Commission; and how New York City is integrating computer classes into public schools.

Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border crisis.

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Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Next week is Congress's last before summer recess, which is often when a flurry of bills are pushed through Congress. This year, not so much, NPR's Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: A Dream of Peace, A Vacation From The News, and A Prescription for Play

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! Our weekend podcast consists of a round up of the week's best interviews and top stories. Catch up on the news you missed with some of these must-hear stories. 1. The Elusive Dream of Peace in Gaza | 2. How to Cope When the News is Grim & Overwhelming | 3. Tax Dodgers: U.S. Fears Firms Who Choose to be 'Un-American' |  4. 40 Years After Watergate, New Film Lets Nixon Speak in His Own Words | 5. Doctors Prescribe New Medicine For Kids: Go Outside

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'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials

Friday, July 25, 2014

Rep. Curt Clawson, a Republican from Florida, tells subcommittee witnesses from two U.S. agencies, "I'm familiar with your country; I love your country."

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On The Media

Gazan Media

Friday, July 25, 2014

In Gaza, the media that locals have access to is primarily Hamas-controlled. Brooke talks with Sherine Tadros, a middle east correspondent for Sky News who's spent years reporting from the region, about what Gazans are seeing, and what many of them have come to believe.

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