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  • The Common Core Standards establish academic expectations across states in math and English language arts.
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    2:51pm Sep 23, 2013
    National National Education

    In Push For 'Common' Standards, Many Parents Left Uneducated

    The Common Core initiative would standardize academic goals nationwide. Forty-five states have signed on, but lawmakers in some states are rethinking their support. While both sides are stepping up their messaging, a poll out this month shows 62 percent of Americans have never heard of Common Core.
  • 11:49am Sep 23, 2013
    National National

    Medea Benjamin's Anti-War Activism: Wearing Pink, Seeing Red

    The possibility of U.S. strikes in Syria brought Code Pink protesters to Capitol Hill, holding signs and disrupting the proceedings. Leading them is Medea Benjamin, an anti-war activist who, as it turns out, didn't even like the color pink when she started the group.
  • 10:35am Sep 23, 2013
    World News World News National

    Pakistan, Iraq See Uptick In Suicide Bombings

    To try to understand what's behind the rise in gruesome attacks, Steve Inskeep talks to Vali Nasr, who is the dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has served as a senior adviser to the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • A Boston police officer wheels an injured boy down Boylston Street as medical workers carry an injured runner after the Boston Marathon bombing in April.
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    10:10am Sep 23, 2013
    Sports Sports National Health & Safety

    Boston Hospitals Share Lessons From Marathon Bombing

    Every victim who arrived at a hospital alive survived the attack. But hospitals say the experience also revealed room for improvement, and they're about to share the lessons they learned at a national conference in Washington, D.C.
  • 8:11pm Sep 20, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    EPA Wants To Limit Greenhouse Gases From New Coal Power Plants

    Under the proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency, new plants that run on coal would be permitted to emit only about half as much carbon dioxide as the average coal plant puts into the air today. Emissions from the electricity industry are already declining as utilities turn to natural gas and wind farms.
  • 5:54pm Sep 20, 2013
    National National Politics & Government

    Obama's Latest Challenges Go Beyond The GOP

    Congressional Republicans are trying to use budget deadlines to extract concessions from the president on his signature health care law. And they aren't alone in choosing this time to test the president's mettle — liberal Democrats have been pressuring Obama, too.
  • House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks about the deadline to fund the government Thursday on Capitol Hill.
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    11:18am Sep 20, 2013
    National National Politics & Government Health & Safety

    House Nears Vote To Fund Government, Defund Obamacare

    The Republican-controlled House is set to vote Friday on a stopgap spending bill to keep the government open for business through the middle of December. And the White House has already said if it makes it to the president's desk, he'll veto it. That's because the bill also would defund the Affordable Care Act.
  • Dan Miller grew up in a family of nine children in Wisconsin. They were poor, and his father supported them by working at a local paper factory.
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    9:30am Sep 20, 2013
    National National

    Forging A Different Parenting Path

    Dan Miller's father struggled to support a large family and buckled under the conditions of poverty. That experience led Miller to choose to be a better father than the one who raised him.