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Parallels
4:09 am
Tue September 2, 2014

As The U.S. Draws Down, Afghan Fighting Is Heating Up

An Afghan policeman searches a man at a checkpoint where a NATO soldier was stabbed to death in Kabul on Aug. 20. As U.S. and NATO troops are drawing down in Afghanistan, the Taliban have been stepping up attacks this summer.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 4:34 am

As U.S. and NATO troops draw down in Afghanistan, Taliban fighters are growing bolder. They have been massing in larger and larger numbers and taking on Afghan forces across the country.

NPR producer Sultan Faizy and I spent a recent day making calls to ordinary Afghan citizens in some of the country's hot spots.

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Around the Nation
3:31 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Battle Begins In Federal Court

The murals by Diego Rivera and other works at the Detroit Institute of Arts would be safe from creditors under the plan before a bankruptcy judge Tuesday.
Carlos Osorio AP

Detroit's historic bankruptcy case is entering the home stretch. The crucial, final trial phase begins Tuesday in a Detroit courtroom.

The trial will decide the fate of a plan to wipe out billions of dollars in debt, and help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy a new, revitalized city.

This trial is a big deal, but don't expect anything with lots of courtroom drama. For one thing, it's federal bankruptcy court — and there's no jury.

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It's All Politics
2:36 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Eric Cantor Joins Wall Street Investment Bank

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Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor this week begins working at the boutique investment bank Moelis & Company.

Cantor will serve as vice chairman and managing director, and will also be elected to the firm's board of directors.

Cantor, 51, and firm founder Ken Moelis announced the decision in a joint interview on Monday.

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The Two-Way
10:49 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

NATO To Create New 'Spearhead' Force For Eastern Europe

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Monday.
Yves Logghe AP

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 3:02 am

NATO leaders are expected to set up a rapid-response force to deploy quickly to eastern Europe to defend against potential Russian aggression at their meeting in Wales later this week.

The force of about 4,000 troops will be ready to move on 48 hours notice from a station in a member country close to Russia, The New York Times reported.

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Radio Diaries
4:14 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

40 Years After 'Working,' A View From The Driver's Seat

Studs Terkel circa 1970.
Courtesy of Studs Terkel Radio Archive/WFMT

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 6:25 pm

In the early 1970s, radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel went around the country with a tape recorder, interviewing people about their jobs. He collected more than 130 conversations with a variety of people, including a waitress, a car parker, a jockey, a baseball player, a farm worker, a press agent and a sports team owner.

The result was Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. When it was published in 1974 it became a best-seller — something unprecedented for an oral history collection.

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Europe
4:14 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Analyst: Response To Russian Incursion Will Be 'Defining Moment' For NATO

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:36 pm

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Africa
4:14 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Economic Impact Of Ebola Crisis Spreads Across Africa

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:36 pm

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Politics
4:14 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Guns Boom In 2014 Campaign Ads

Image from Montana congressional hopeful Matt Rosendale's campaign ad, in which he shoots what he calls a government drone out of the sky.
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Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 8:33 pm

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Around the Nation
4:14 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Golf Course Provides Oasis For Low-Income Kids

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:36 pm

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CORNISH: All summer, dozens of lower-income kids in Providence, Rhode Island learned golf. They spent their days on a nine-hole course, an oasis in a gritty neighborhood.

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Around the Nation
4:14 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

As Casinos Close, Atlantic City Tries To Pivot Focus Elsewhere

Originally published on Mon September 1, 2014 4:36 pm

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