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5:05pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Parallels

The Man Who Keeps Tabs On U.S. Money Spent In Afghanistan

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 2:46 pm

John Sopko, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, testifies on Capitol Hill last June. Sopko says the Afghans are still having trouble managing the money the U.S. sends to the country. The U.S. has spent $110 billion on Afghanistan's reconstruction since 2002.
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John Sopko, whose job is to watch over U.S. government spending in Afghanistan, says it's not his job to be a cheerleader — it's to speak truth to power.

"I am often the bringer of bad news to people. Or at least that's what some people think," he says.

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4:56pm

Thu May 14, 2015
Media

George Stephanopoulos Discloses Donations To Clinton Foundation

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 11:28 pm

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7:27pm

Wed May 13, 2015
It's All Politics

How Do You Say 'Snafu' In Japanese?

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 7:02 pm

When Democratic opposition delayed a major Asia-Pacific trade deal, White House press secretary Josh Earnest was asked if the administration had to do some hand-holding with the 11 countries involved in the talks. "I don't know how 'snafu' translates into a variety of Asian languages," he said.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The Senate looks ready to move ahead with trade legislation, after a daylong delay that the Obama administration repeatedly described as a "snafu."

"These kinds of procedural snafus are not uncommon," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest after Democrats held up the bill, which would give President Obama authority to expedite passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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5:58pm

Wed May 13, 2015
All Tech Considered

Facebook Courts News Giants Into A Deal To Share Viewers, And Revenues

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 3:34 pm

Nine media organizations, including The New York Times and National Geographic, have signed a deal to distribute their content through a new Facebook feature called "Instant Articles."
Facebook

In recent years, Twitter has become the go-to destination for news junkies. Now, Facebook is entering a deal with nine news organizations, including The New York Times, NBC News and Buzzfeed, to run some of their in-depth articles, photos and videos inside Facebook. No need to leave the app!

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5:58pm

Wed May 13, 2015
Shots - Health News

Smokers More Likely To Quit If Their Own Cash Is On The Line

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 3:25 pm

A new study finds that employer-based programs to help people stop smoking would work better if they tapped into highly motivating feelings — such as the fear of losing money.

This conclusion flows from a study involving the employees of CVS/Caremark. Some workers got postcards asking them if they wanted a cash reward to quit smoking. One card ended up in the hands of Camelia Escarcega in Rialto, Calif., whose sister works for CVS.

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5:58pm

Wed May 13, 2015
Around the Nation

Philadelphia Marks 30th Anniversary Of MOVE Bombing

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 6:56 pm

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5:28pm

Wed May 13, 2015
It's All Politics

Train Derailment Highlights Amtrak's Infrastructure Needs

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 6:56 pm

An Amtrak train leaves Chicago's Union Station on its way to Los Angeles.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Amtrak was formed in the 1970s out of the ashes of several bankrupt rail lines, including the Penn Central. Its has been criticized for poor service, and shaky finances, but its safety record has been good.

More than 31 million passengers rode Amtrak in fiscal year 2013, the last for which figures are available. In the Northeast Corridor, more than 2,000 trains operate daily on Amtrak's rails, between commuter lines and Amtrak trains. And far more passengers ride Amtrak between Washington, New York and Boston than fly.

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5:00pm

Wed May 13, 2015
U.S.

Standards For Child Migrants Could Force Detention Centers To Close

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 7:26 pm

Family detention centers such as this one in Karnes City, Texas, could be forced to close after a judge ruled that holding children for long periods violates current standards.
Eric Gay AP

Negotiations are underway between the U.S. government and immigration advocates over family detention after a federal judge issued a tentative ruling that detention facilities violate standards for children.

The result of the talks could force the three family detention centers operating in the U.S. — two in Texas and one in Berks County, Pa. — to close.

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4:53pm

Wed May 13, 2015
Environment

Santa Fe Cuts Water Consumption By Imposing Tiered Pricing Model

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 6:56 pm

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Now, to another city that's grown in population, but at the same time, has managed to cut its total water consumption, Santa Fe, N.M. We're going to find out how they've done that from Santa Fe's mayor, Javier Gonzalez. Welcome to the program.

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4:33pm

Wed May 13, 2015
Commentary

Father Of Police Officer Reflects On Tensions Between Cops, Community

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 6:56 pm

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4:33pm

Wed May 13, 2015
Europe

European Union Introduces Quota Plan To Address Migrant Crisis

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 6:56 pm

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4:33pm

Wed May 13, 2015
Around the Nation

Amtrak Derailment Creates Commuting Mess Along East Coast

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 6:56 pm

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7:35pm

Tue May 12, 2015
It's All Politics

Obama: We Must 'Guard Against Cynicism' When It Comes To Poverty

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:31 pm

President Obama spoke at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University Tuesday.
Andrew Harnik AP

President Obama says overcoming poverty requires both strong families and a strong economy.

Speaking at Georgetown University Tuesday, Obama said that political debates over poverty often get hung up over the role of government, families and religious institutions.

"I think it's important when it comes to dealing with issues of poverty for us to guard against cynicism and not buy the idea that the poor will always be with us, and there's nothing we can do," Obama said. "Because there's a lot we can do."

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7:32pm

Tue May 12, 2015
It's All Politics

Texas Sen. Doesn't Want Clergy 'Coerced' Into Officiating Same-Sex Marriages

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 8:09 pm

Texas Republican state Sen. Craig Estes' bill reinforces that clergy would not have to perform same-sex marriages.
Harry Cabluck AP

The Texas Legislature is sending a message this week on the subject of same-sex marriage. And that message is: Hell no — again.

The bill that just got initial approval in the Texas Senate would protect clergy from having to conduct any marriage ceremony or perform any service that would violate their sacred beliefs.

"We want to make sure they are not ever coerced into performing a marriage ceremony that would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs," State Sen. Craig Estes told NPR. Estes sponsored the bill.

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6:07pm

Tue May 12, 2015
Health

WHO Announces New Guidelines For Naming Human Diseases

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:22 pm

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