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Anticipating Attacks, GOP Campaigns Focus On Courting Women Voters  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:03:00 -0400
National Republican Party officials encouraged 2014 candidates to launch positive ads targeting women. One for a House candidate from Minnesota touts an annual charity walk he does in pink heels. 
Amid NFL Scandals, A Novel About America's Love Of The Sport  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:25:00 -0400
It's the start of the season, and the NFL is already beset by scandal. Writer Mark Chiusano recommends a novel about football's place in American culture, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: 'I Got It Wrong'  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:13:42 -0400
Calls for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign continue as the league grapples with how it handled a series of abuse scandals. Goodell has kept a low profile during the crisis. 
Should The U.S. Pay Ransom For ISIS Hostages?  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:08:00 -0400
Videotaped murders by Islamic State have sparked outrage around the world. But while some European countries have paid ransom to retrieve victims taken by ISIS, Britain and the U.S. have not. 
Iran Nuclear Talks Have A Different Tone This Time Around  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:15:00 -0400
In New York on Friday, Iran and six world powers sat down for the latest talks aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. 
With IPO, Alibaba Hopes To Compete In The West  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:15:00 -0400
Shares of Chinese Internet giant Alibaba started trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. The company raised more than $20 billion with its initial public offering, shattering a U.S. record set by Visa in 2008. 
In The Courts, Assaults Treated Differently If A Result Of Domestic Violence  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:15:00 -0400
Robert Siegel talks with Andrew R. Klein, a senior research associate with Advocates for Human Potential, about how sentences for assault in cases of domestic violence compare to sentences in non-domestic assault cases. 
A Single Insurer Holds Obamacare's Fate In 2 States  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:24:00 -0400
Where have the insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act struggled the most? The answer lies in commerce, not politics. 
White House Announces Campaign Against Campus Sexual Assault  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:41:00 -0400
In unveiling the "It's On Us" campaign aimed at preventing attacks on college campuses, President Obama said such violence is "an affront to our basic humanity." 
Alibaba Shares Surge On First Day Of Trading  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:32:00 -0400
Shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant opened at $92.70 a share on the New York Stock Exchange today, making it the biggest initial public offering in U.S. history. They were priced at $68 a share. 
War Votes Bring Back Complex Risks For Members Of Congress  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:40:00 -0400
Polls showed that two-thirds of the country thought the U.S. should do something about Islamic State. Congress had to balance politics of the moment with those of the near future and down the road. 
Iconic Pabst Beer Brands Sold To Russian Company  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:33:00 -0400
Pabst Brewing Co., with its famous Blue Ribbon, Old Milwaukee and Schlitz labels, is being acquired by Russian brewer Oasis Beverages for an undisclosed sum. 
How To Get Children To Behave Without Hitting Them  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:21:00 -0400
Most parents say they have used corporal punishment. But there's abundant evidence that it doesn't improve behavior over time. Changing how parents talk to children does work, but it takes practice. 
'Murdersquishing' Them To Death: How Little Bees Take On Enormous Hornets  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:53:00 -0400
They are small. They are weak. They are vulnerable. But these little bees take on a humongous predator in the most ingenious way. 
Debate: Should Schools Embrace The Common Core?  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:17:00 -0400
The Common Core has arguably become the most contentious issue in American education. Experts face off over the new state standards in the latest Intelligence Squared debate. 
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