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As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter

July 25, 2014 - 12:30pm

There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections?

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In A Complex Web Of Tunnels, Israel Draws Its Red Line

July 25, 2014 - 12:15pm

Both the government and the people of Israel have been determined to continue the country's ground invasion in Gaza, despite a growing wave of international criticism. Israelis have been shaken by claims that Hamas has a heavily fortified network of tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

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Gaza Cease-Fire Still Just Out Of Reach: What Does Each Side Want?

July 25, 2014 - 12:15pm

Secretary of State John Kerry is trying again to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, as casualty counts rise inexorably higher. NPR's Emily Harris explains both sides' demands.

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For Islamic State, Victories In Iraq Mean Momentum In Syria

July 25, 2014 - 12:15pm

The militant group that calls itself the Islamic State have begun a new round of fighting with the Syrian regime, surrounding a base outside its stronghold in Raqqa and launching offensives in Aleppo province and Kurdish regions. The death toll in Syria this week reportedly has reached 1,700, most of whom are combatants of one sort or another.

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Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis

July 25, 2014 - 12:15pm

Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions.

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Pa. Hospital Sees Gun Fight Between Psychiatrist And Patient

July 25, 2014 - 12:15pm

On Thursday, a psychiatric patient opened fire at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital outside Philadelphia, killing a caseworker and injuring his psychiatrist. The psychiatrist returned fire with a gun of his own, injuring the gunman. Both patient and psychiatrist survived the gun fight.

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The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful?

July 25, 2014 - 8:24am

Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has a new plan to address poverty. Host Michel Martin talks with commentators Corey Ealons and Ron Christie about it and other political stories of the week.

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