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A Bird's-Eye View On Common Core Across The Country  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:07 -0400
With conservative commentator Glenn Beck renewing his fight against the Common Core State Standards, it's worth taking a bird's-eye view of the learning benchmarks. Where are they now being implemented, what challenges remain and what does the coming school year have in store? 
Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:07 -0400
Conservative commentator Glenn Beck hosted a live, interactive "night of action" against the Common Core State Standards. He has long fought against the learning benchmarks in reading and math now being used in 43 states. Events such as these, and the Common Core itself, could continue to play a role in the 2014 midterm campaigns. 
In Facing National Security Dilemmas, CIA Puts Probabilities Into Words  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:07 -0400
In 2011, when President Obama was presented with circumstantial evidence of Osama bin Laden's whereabouts, he faced a range of estimates — anywhere from 30 to 95 percent that the man spotted in the compound was actually bin Laden. In this new installment in a series on the intersection of risks and probabilities, Obama's national security quandary takes center stage. 
Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:06 -0400
The governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state. But the mayor of Des Moines and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor. 
To Cope With Immigration Influx, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:06 -0400
Both the House and Senate have unveiled legislation to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Both are proposing to spend less than the Obama administration's request for $3.7 billion, but Republicans are also proposing that a relevant 2008 law must be changed. 
Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:32:00 -0400
Dog owners don't doubt that their pooch has feelings. But scientists aren't so sure. An experiment found that dogs act upset, dare we say jealous, when their owners ignore them for a stuffed animal. 
This Aspiring Astronaut Might Be The World's Most Amazing Teen  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:03:00 -0400
He lived in a village in Tanzania. He dreamed of being an astronaut. Now he's studying in a Florida flight academy — and hoping his secret potato salad recipe will bring support to pay the tuition. 
Nazi War Crimes Suspect Dies In U.S. One Day Before Extradition Order  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:33:00 -0400
A Philadelphia judge issued an order today granting a request for Johann "Hans" Breyer to be extradited to Germany. But Breyer's lawyer said the 89-year-old former Auschwitz guard died Tuesday. 
Two Prominent Museum Directors Encourage 'New Ways Of Thinking'  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:24:33 -0400
Host Michel Martin speaks with the directors of the National Museum of African Art and the National Museum of the American Indian. Both institutions are celebrating important anniversaries this year. 
Part-Time Work, Unpredictable Schedules: What's The Fix?  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:24:33 -0400
Many part-time workers have to manage unpredictable hours and schedules, which can take a toll on employees. Host Michel Martin learns about how some government officials are addressing the concern. 
States Help New Mothers Get Birth Control Through Medicaid  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:44:00 -0400
New York and five other states are helping women on Medicaid get contraception immediately after giving birth. New moms can get an IUD or long-acting implant before leaving the hospital. 
A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:34:00 -0400
In the digital age, our online accounts don't die with us. A proposed law might determine what does happen to them. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased. 
Many Kids Who Are Obese Or Overweight Don't Know It  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:29:00 -0400
A significant percentage of obese kids think their weight is just fine. But do they need to know the truth to get healthier? 
Atlantic City's Casino Crisis: A Cautionary Tale  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:45:39 -0400
With the announcements of the planned closures of the Showboat and Trump Plaza casinos, the New Jersey town that once had the monopoly on gaming in the northeast is at a crucial turning point. 
Rubio Interview Sparks Heated Comments On Immigration, Economy  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:45:39 -0400
Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Walter of Cook Political Report about the social media response to his two-part interview with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. 
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