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Despite High Expectations, Sentencing Reform Proposals Still On Ice

Friday, July 31, 2015

Sen. John Cornyn suggested a hearing and markup on reform proposals could be imminent. But multiple sources tell NPR that concrete language is still being hotly debated behind closed doors.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Congress Wraps Up

Friday, July 31, 2015

A look at what's happening in Congress as it wraps up the session before its August break.

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Morning Edition

Democratic Candidates Stumble Over Black Lives Matter Movement

Friday, July 31, 2015

"Nobody got the messaging right at the beginning," one activist said. "They should have known better." Three Democratic candidates are speaking to the National Urban League today.

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Morning Edition

Are Donald Trump's Pockets Deep Enough To Fund His Campaign?

Friday, July 31, 2015

Trump says he's rich enough to pay for his own White House bid. But the billion-dollar-plus price tag might be tough, even for him.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The How to Debate a Drunk Person Edition

Friday, July 31, 2015

Live from Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the upcoming Republican primary debate on Fox News, the New York magazine cover story about the many rape and assault allegations against entertainer Bill Cosby, and the indomitable rise of Uber. Slate's Political Gabfest is sponsored by ZipRecruiter. With ZipRecruiter, you can post your job to over 100 job sites with a single click and an interface that's easy to use. Right now, you can try ZipRecruiter for free! Go to ZipRecruiter.com/gabfest. And by Blue Apron, the new service that delivers all the ingredients you need to make incredible meals at home. Discover a better way to cook.  Visit BlueApron.com/gabfest to get your first two meals free. Join Slate Plus! Members get bonus segments, exclusive member-only podcasts, and more. Sign up for a free trial today at www.slate.com/gabfestplus. Twitter: @SlateGabfest Facebook: facebook.com/Gabfest Email: gabfest@slate.com Show notes at slate.com/gabfest

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On The Media

Send In The Clowns

Friday, July 31, 2015

The booms and busts of political reporting, a skeptical look into health and diet news, and an indie throwback film gets the red carpet treatment. 

On The Media

Flash-In-The-Pan Candidacies

Friday, July 31, 2015

"The political media did not create Donald Trump," says David Leonhardt of The New York Times. But still: how to explain media fervor over unserious candidates? 

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

The Abortion Debate

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Eyal Press and Jeffrey Toobin join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the latest uproar over Planned Parenthood and the politics of abortion.

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All Things Considered

U.N. Envoy: Solution To Syrian Conflict Must Be A 'Political One'

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with United Nations Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura about creating a peace process in Syria. He says there is a new "sense of urgency" by many parties to end the conflict.

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All Things Considered

Kazakhstan Promises 'Real Winter Wonderland' In Bid To Host 2022 Games

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The International Olympic Committee will decide Friday whether to accept the bid by Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, to stage the 2022 Winter Games, or instead offer it to rival contender Beijing.

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All Things Considered

Despite Rising Costs, China Is Gung-Ho To Host 2022 Winter Olympics

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Either China or Kazakhstan will be chosen on Friday as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics. European nations have been scared off by the cost of hosting the event, but China has the ambition and the money to match.

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All Things Considered

Maryland Governor To Close Baltimore City Jail Over Corruption

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the closure of the Baltimore City Men's Detention Center on Thursday. The jail, which is run by the state, has been plagued by corruption and deplorable conditions.

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All Things Considered

U.S. Couple Held In Egyptian Prison For 1 Year Over Unfounded Child Abuse

Thursday, July 30, 2015

An Egyptian-American and her husband have been held in Cairo prisons for more than a year. They're accused of abusing street children in the shelter they ran, but the government has shown little evidence and may be after them because of suspected political activity.

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All Things Considered

AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters

Thursday, July 30, 2015

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with the AP's Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about the investigation, which found high levels of dangerous viruses in water venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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All Things Considered

As Cemetery Building Booms, Veterans Hope To Be Buried Close To Home

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Veterans Affairs is funding a major expansion in burial places all across the country. Vets who live close to a new cemetery in Goldsboro, N.C., see it as the place they want to be buried, with honor.

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All Things Considered

Meet The California Family That Has Made Health Policy Its Business

Thursday, July 30, 2015

On Medicare's 50th birthday, two brothers who helped get it off the ground tell their stories. A younger member of the Lee family is at the helm of Covered California, the state insurance exchange.

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#TBT: 40 Years After Jimmy Hoffa's Disappearance, His Legend Lives On

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Forty years ago today, Hoffa pulled into a restaurant parking lot and was never heard from again. His story is one of union devotion, fraud and fierce political battles.

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For Young Voters, Crushing Student Debt Is Front And Center

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Megan Brabec, 24, works three part time jobs with no benefits. "It does really frustrate me when I hear candidates talk about, 'Oh, well, you should have majored in something else," she said.

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The Takeaway

Peace Talks Between Taliban and Afghan Government Postponed

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The announcement comes one day after officials confirmed the death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar.

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The Takeaway

A New Strategy to Fight HIV and AIDS

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Obama Administration unveils its second national strategy on HIV/AIDS, but practitioners in Southern states, where half of new infections occur, worry it does not go far enough. 

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