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  • 6:41pm Sep 02, 2013
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    Syria Resolution Could Be A Hard Sell On Capitol Hill

    A day after President Obama announced he'll wait for congressional authorization before launching strikes on Syria; members of Congress attended a classified briefing at the Capitol. Even though there's still one week left of summer recess, dozens of lawmakers flew to Washington, D.C. from their home districts just for the meeting.
  • Pushing workers only goes so far, says one long-time human resources manager.
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    7:16pm Sep 01, 2013
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    When Stress Takes Over, Employee Burnout Can Set In

    Burnout, often a result of stress in an increasingly demanding workplace, can weigh on employees' mental and physical well-being. The federal workforce is seeing a particularly high rate of turnover, causing agencies to lose its most experienced leaders and staff with the most potential.
  • 10:06am Sep 01, 2013
    National National Education

    What Makes The 'Smartest Kids In The World'?

    Compared to the rest of the world, American schools don't stack up like they used to. But what's the best way to educate children? Author Amanda Ripley followed students and teachers across the globe to find out for her new book, The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way.
  • 11:59am Aug 31, 2013
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    If 'Humanitarian,' Why Not Intervene In Syria Sooner?

    Will a limited military strike prevent Syrian President Bashar Assad from launching future chemical attacks? Host Scott Simon speaks with former leader of Canada's Liberal Party Michael Ignatieff about so-called "humanitarian intervention" in Syria.
  • Blair Cook and his sons, Dalton and Keegan, set out to hike Piestewa Peak in Central Phoenix.
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    7:01pm Aug 30, 2013
    National National

    Summer Nights: Phoenix's Piestewa Peak

    On a summer night in Phoenix, city dwellers can watch a line of head lamps inch up Piestewa Peak. The mountain rises sharply more than 1,200 feet above the neighborhoods of Central Phoenix. It's the most popular outdoor trek in the city. But in July and August the sun turns deadly there and hikers wait until it's safely below the horizon to begin their ascent. At the top, the view unfolds like magic every time — a desert city of four million people that glows red, white and orange.
  • Activist Bayard Rustin points to a map during a press conference four days ahead of the March on Washington in August 1963.
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    4:03pm Aug 30, 2013
    National National

    Bayard Rustin: The Man Who Organized The March On Washington

    The strategist behind the 1963 march will posthumously receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year. As a gay man, his position in the movement was questioned. But now he is considered "an amazing role model" for activists of color who are also gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.
  • At the White House, President Obama and his advisers continue to work to build support in Congress and among allies for striking Syria.
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    1:54pm Aug 30, 2013
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    Striking Syria Still Seems A Question Of When, Not Whether

    The White House is expected to soon release more of the evidence it says it has to support the case that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people. Despite the news that Britain won't be joining in any military action, the Obama administration seems determined to go ahead.
  • 7:23pm Aug 29, 2013
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    Why Syria Is More Complicated Than Libya

    To start with, unlike Moammar Gadhafi's regime when the U.S. intervened in Libya in 2011, the Syrian government still has international allies. As the U.S. considers a strike on Syria, here's a look at some of the key differences between the two situations.