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"There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don't see them."

—Elie(zer) Wiesel (b. 1928) Romanian-born writer, lecturer, survivor Nazi camps, Nobel


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Ariz. Governor Orders Review After Execution Lasts 2 Hours 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:04:00 -0400 
    Death row inmate Joseph Wood took nearly two hours to die by lethal injection. Robert Siegel speaks with reporter Tucson News Now reporter Mauricio Marin about the execution and related legal battles.

Arizona Execution Of Inmate Takes Nearly 2 Hours 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:54:00 -0400 
    Officials who were attempting to put inmate Joseph Wood to death instead watched him gasp and snort for more than an hour, Wood's attorney says. Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered a review of the process.

Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:04:00 -0400 
    The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.

Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:37:00 -0400 
    Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington, including one that has stretched over 250,000 acres.

Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:08:00 -0400 
    Around the U.S., food assistance agencies are trying to come up with new ways to feed hungry kids in the summer. In Hopkins County, Ky., they're using mobile vans to take food to where kids live.

Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:06:00 -0400 
    Republicans say a sting in which false identities were used to sign up for health care has revealed a major problem. Democrats question the premise that people would try to steal insurance.

N.Y. Man's Death Prompts Police Introspection On Use Of Force 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:13:00 -0400 
    Funeral services are being held for Eric Garner, a New York City man who died in police custody. The incident is prompting the NYPD to rethink how it trains all its officers in the use of force.

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 16:08:00 -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 16:08:00 -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 Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:00 -0400 
    The House and Senate have unveiled competing bills to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. Neither would give Obama all the funds he's asked for to deal with the crisis.

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.

Code Switch Roundup: Big Stories On Race And Criminal Justice 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:19:00 -0400 
    A study finds widespread abuses by cops in one big city, a video of a deadly encounter with the NYPD goes viral, and an investigation finds federal agents target minorities in "fake" drug stings.

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.
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