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It's All Politics

Kevin McCarthy Gone, In 60 Seconds

After McCarthy dropped out of the House speakership race, there was a chaotic outpouring of reaction from Republicans. Listen in like a fly on the wall in that Capitol Hill hallway.

Photos of victims of the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. are displayed behind Portland Police Sgt. Peter Simpson (left) and Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin (right). Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Gun Debate Divides Nation's Police Officers, Too

"Talking about firearms now is like talking about race" among officers, says a national law enforcement leader. In Milwaukee, for instance, a sheriff and police chief took vocal, opposing stances.

Diego next to posters of his brother Jose. The agent involved in Jose's death will be the first ever charged with murder for a cross-border shooting. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Around the Nation

In A First, Border Agent Indicted For Killing Mexican Teen Across Fence

Diego Roman Elena Rodriguez's brother was unarmed, walking on a sidewalk in Nogales, Mexico, when Lonnie Swartz shot him. The agent says he felt threatened by rock-throwers; he's expected to plead not guilty.

Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2014. Sherman was the lead U.S. negotiator on the Iran nuclear deal. She stepped down from her post last week and is now teaching at Harvard. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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A U.S. Negotiator Says There's Still Pending Business With Iran

Wendy Sherman, the lead U.S. negotiator in the Iran nuclear talks, tells NPR the U.S. still has plenty of other issues to settle with Iran, such as the release of Americans being held in that country.

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After A Breakdown, A Secret Breaks Free From A Family's Closet — And Heals

Surprised by a mental health crisis, Andrea Crook had been refused medication — until her grandfather called. Her illness inspired him to reveal an old secret, which "changed everything," she says.

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'If They Have It, It's Undeniable': Lorne Michaels On Casting 'SNL'

The Saturday Night Live executive producer says criticism of the show's perceived lack of diversity frustrated him, but that the perception needed to be addressed.

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When Dr. Boie Jalloh got the call to join the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone, his friends told him he'd be crazy to sign on. It's a good thing he didn't listen. Aurelie Marrier Dunienville/for NPR hide caption

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Goats and Soda

To Prevent The Next Plague, Listen To Boie Jalloh

He's a doctor, an imam and a millennial. His ideas about fighting Ebola in Sierra Leone are part of the reason that, this week, the three countries at the center of the epidemic reported no new cases.

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It's All Politics

Iowa Republicans Don't Think Jeb Is Bush Enough

The former Florida governor has a household name, but the candidate knows he needs to introduce himself. "I've gotta tell the Jeb story," he said, "I've got to say who I am. I've gotta show my heart."

Fine Art

Sculptor Turns Rain, Ice And Trees Into 'Ephemeral Works'

British artist Andy Goldsworthy's sculptures melt and decay. "It's not about art," he says. "It's just about life, and the need to understand that a lot of things in life do not last."

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