Colorado’s house majority leader is being criticized from all sides for her support of a bi-partisan healthcare exchange bill. In an attempt to appease concerns from the right, Republican state representative Amy Stephens is now alienating her other allies. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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July 27, 2016 | KHN · The Democrats’ vice presidential nominee helped reform Virginia’s mental health care system after the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech. He’s for Obamacare, Medicaid expansion, and Planned Parenthood.
 

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July 27, 2016 | NPR · The Turkish government has shut down at least 45 newspapers and 16 television stations, and issued arrest warrants for dozens of journalists.
 

July 27, 2016 | KHN · Hospitals have been fighting to block the rankings, but Medicare released them Wednesday. Of the 102 hospitals that got a five-star rating, few are among those generally praised for great care.
 

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July 27, 2016 | NPR · PBS NewsHour co-anchor Gwen Ifill joins All Things Considered from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, to discuss her 2009 book The Breakthrough. Ifill is re-examining the book’s conclusions about black political leadership as President Obama prepares to leave office.
 

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July 27, 2016 | NPR · It’s week two of the party conventions, and all these speeches are making us hungry. So we made a quiz to test your savvy about presidents and our favorite topic, food.
 

July 27, 2016 | NPR · Minicomics are kind of a relic — few artists now want to go to the trouble of printing and distributing paper comics. But there are still a few out there that are worth the trouble of hunting down.
 

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July 27, 2016 | NPR · Reporter Nancy Klingener takes NPR to the annual Underwater Musical Festival in the Florida Keys, as part of All Things Considered‘s feature on off-kilter summer festivals.
 

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July 27, 2016 | NPR · Enjoy the pure beauty of the unaccompanied voice, whether solo or layered, along with virtuoso solo instrumentalists.
 

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July 27, 2016 | NPR · Hear a cry to end racial injustice from an artist you might not know, performing with just voice and guitar.
 

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