Politics

July 31, 2014 | NPR · A 91-3 vote in the Senate will send the landmark VA legislation, meant to address widespread problems in the VA health care system, to President Obama for his signature.
 

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Months after denying that the CIA could have been snooping on Senate staff, agency director John Brennan has apologized to Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss.
 

July 31, 2014 | NPR · House GOP leaders have abruptly canceled a vote on their own bill meant to address the surge of unaccompanied minors at the Mexican border. An effort to pass a pared down version of President Obama’s request was blocked by a group of Tea Party conservatives. NPR’s Senior Correspondent Ron Elving discusses the state of play.
 

July 31, 2014 | NPR · The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to unfold, as the prosecution’s feature witness, Star Scientific’s Jonnie Williams, testified against McDonnell and his wife.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing reports that his administration interfered with the work of an anti-corruption commission that he created — and then abruptly disbanded.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Foreign policy was once a strong suit for President Obama, but polls now show widespread disapproval of his handling of foreign affairs.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · A big week in congressional mailing: Members of Congress can’t use “franking” to send mass mailings during a blackout that starts 90 days before an election. That deadline is approaching.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · Tea Party conservatives objected to sending money to the White House to deal with the immigration crisis, leaving the issue unaddressed as Congress gets ready to leave for a five-week break.
 

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Votes are set Thursday in both the GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate on bills addressing the young migrants seeking refuge. But the competing bills have little chance of being reconciled.
 

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Congress leaves some significant business unfinished as it goes on break. But the talk of Washington and beyond is Wednesday’s vote by House republicans to authorize a lawsuit against President Obama.
 

 

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News

July 31, 2014 | NPR · An isolation unit at Emory University’s hospital will be used to treat a patient infected with Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 700 people in a recent outbreak in West Africa.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · About 58 percent of California is currently in the worst of the four drought levels used by experts, in conditions normally seen only once every 50-100 years.
 

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July 31, 2014 | NPR · The truce begins Friday morning local time. Envoys will travel to Cairo to negotiate a possible longer peace deal.
 

Arts & Life

Well Go USA
July 31, 2014 | NPR · The very prolific James Franco directs a Cormac McCarthy adaptation that struggles to overcome a repulsive main character with whom it’s almost impossible to empathize.
 

IFC Films
July 31, 2014 | NPR · The drama War Story is trying to wrap itself around both a personal story of a traumatized journalist and some larger social issues. Despite a strong central performance, it succeeds only partially.
 

Courtesy of Sundance
July 31, 2014 | NPR · The eight-part drama that begins Thursday stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a British baroness with an Israeli passport. She’s a fearless actor in a show full of kidnappings, seductions and betrayals.
 

Music

July 31, 2014 | NPR · Harvest Records used to be known for having a strong link to the progressive rock sound of 1970s London. After laying dormant for years, the label is back, and looking for a new identity.
 

Courtesy of Jerry Graham Publicity
July 31, 2014 | NPR · The New York rapper on the music industry — from sitting on the shelf, to refusing deals, posthumous releases to sales expectations — music journalism and taking risks, personal and professional.
 

July 31, 2014 | WPLN · Sometimes the kids you hear on records for kids aren’t really kids. In fact, there’s a crew of adult singers in Nashville that specializes in sounding young — very young.
 

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