President Obama signs H.J. Res 124, which includes appropriations to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels. For now, the effort will be paid for from an account meant to wind down the war in Afghanistan. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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National Security

Why Did Congress Kick The Can On Funding Islamic State Mission?

The president got approval for his plan to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters, but lawmakers didn't approve funds to pay for it or the broader air campaign.

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Monkey See

The Only One: A Talk With Shonda Rhimes

No, the screenwriter, director and producer did not spend the entire hour speaking about diversity in television or about the article that referred to her as an "Angry Black Woman." As NPR's Linda Holmes notes, Rhimes has a lot more to say.

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Goats and Soda

This Doctor Knows The Ebola Virus All Too Well

Can you catch it from sweat on a cab seat? Will blood transfusions help? Who really wants to go to Africa and pitch in? Is it too late? A leading virologist answers urgent questions about Ebola.

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Music Interviews

Carl Newman And Neko Case: What Makes A Pop Song Work

What makes a listener love a song? Will the audience get what I'm saying? These are the questions the two musicians ask themselves during songwriting and production — a process they call "song editing."

The Two-Way - News Blog

Massive Volcanic Eruption Is Making Iceland Grow

The eruption has been going for weeks. So far it hasn't been catastrophic, but it has been creating new ground.

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Parallels - World News

In The Gaza Strip, The School Year Gets Off To A Rocky Start

Palestinian kids in Gaza went back to school this past week in buildings damaged by the war, with children homeless and traumatized, and more than the usual overcrowding they face every year.

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Microphone Check Live: The Stories Of The Notorious B.I.G.

On Sunday, Sept. 14, 20 years and one day after Biggie Smalls' debut album Ready to Die was released, we gathered four of the musician's friends in Brooklyn to recall the man they knew.

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