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Fears Of Killing Immigration Bill Doomed Same-Sex Amendment
Amid warnings the proposal would shatter support for the measure, Democrats backed away from a provision that would allow gay U.S. citizens to sponsor foreign-born spouses for green cards. Advocates for gay and lesbian immigration rights accused Democrats of caving in to threats.
Documentary Shows George Plimpton's Best Story Was His Own
A new documentary about writer George Plimpton uses its subject's own voice to tell the story of his career as a path breaking "participatory journalist" and longtime editor of the Paris Review. The film also uses the voices of Plimpton's friends and colleagues to defend him against the charge of dilettantism that dogged him throughout his career. NPR's Joel Rose reports.
A Decade In The Making, West Bank Barrier Is Nearly Complete
Despite much international criticism, Israel has kept building its West Bank barrier. It's now nearing completion, while the Israelis and Palestinians continue to argue over whether it will help or hurt prospects for a Middle East peace agreement.
The First Web Page, Amazingly, Is Lost
Ironically, there's one piece of Web history that can't be found online: the very first page. Now, a team at the lab where the World Wide Web was born is on a hunt for old hard drives and floppy disks that might hold copies of the missing files.
Basements Not An Option For Many Homes In Oklahoma
Melissa Block talks to Scott Neuman about why basements in Oklahoma are so uncommon.
IRS Witness Turns Down Questions At Congressional Hearing
Lois Lerner was the first IRS official to explain how conservative groups' applications for tax-exempt status were flagged for extra scrutiny. On Wednesday, she cited her constitutional right not to incriminate herself and declined to answer questions from a House committee.
Two Years Later, Joplin Mayor Reflects On Impact Of Tornado
Two years ago, a massive tornado hit the city of Joplin, Mo., and claimed the lives of more than 160 people. Melissa Block speaks with Mike Woolston, who was mayor of Joplin at the time, about how the city has recovered, and what guidance he has for Moore, Okla., on moving forward from a devastating natural disaster.
Bernanke: Economy Still Too Shaky To End Low Interest Rates
Over the past several years, the Federal Reserve has added trillions of dollars to its balance sheet, purchasing bonds in order to stimulate the economy. Many investors have been concerned that when the Fed starts selling off those bonds it could create turmoil in the markets. But in Congressional testimony on Wednesday, Ben Bernanke said the Fed might not sell off those bonds at all.
Identities Of 24 Victims In Okla. Tornado Emerge
Oklahomans who were hit by a massive tornado on Monday are trying to rebuild and recover.
Anthony Weiner Tries To Put Indiscretions Behind Him
Anthony Weiner, the New York congressman whose career ended after a series of raunchy tweets, has announced he is entering the mayoral race with an ad on YouTube.