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Tom Perez, left, and Keith Ellison are two front-runners for DNC chair. Mandel Ngan and Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Tight Race For DNC Chair Narrows Ahead Of Weekend Vote

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez won a key endorsement just days before Saturday's vote for the next DNC chair. Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota are the race's two front-runners.

Tight Race For DNC Chair Narrows Ahead Of Weekend Vote

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The classic film Casablanca marks its 75th birthday this year. One little known fact? Humphrey Bogart was shorter than Ingrid Bergman, so he had to stand on a box during filming. Warner Bros./AP hide caption

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Movie Interviews

After 75 Years, Here's Looking At You, 'Casablanca'

Did you know Humphrey Bogart had to stand on a box for scenes with tall Ingrid Bergman? NPR's Susan Stamberg visited the sound stage where the 1942 classic was filmed — and returned with stories.

After 75 Years, Here's Looking At You, 'Casablanca'

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StoryCorps

A Difficult Childhood Inspires A Dad To Do Better

Michael Ryan, a juvenile judge in Ohio, says his mom was a drug addict, and the way he parents his own son is to do the opposite. His son gets it. "I don't want to see you in court," his son says.

A Difficult Childhood Inspires A Dad To Do Better

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Parallels - World News

A U.S. Commander Works With Iraqi Forces To Fight 'Brutal Enemy' ISIS

As the war against ISIS enters a tough new phase, a visit with Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, the senior American commander in Iraq, shows his coalition troops deeply involved in the fight.

A U.S. Commander Works With Iraqi Forces To Fight 'Brutal Enemy' ISIS

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Eloisa Tamez received $56,000 from the federal government for a quarter-acre of her ancestral land, but she says, "I wasn't looking for the money. I don't want to lose the land. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Law

Landowners Likely To Bring More Lawsuits As Trump Moves On Border Wall

More than 300 imminent domain lawsuits were filed after previous efforts to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. Now more lawsuits are expected as President Trump continues the project.

Landowners Likely To Bring More Lawsuits As Trump Moves On Border Wall

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(Top) Police make arrests as they move through the Oceti Sakowin camp. (Bottom) The police moved steadily and slowly through the camp, accompanied by Humvees and maintaining a perimeter of the cleared area. Angus Mordant for NPR hide caption

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PHOTOS: The Final Hours Of A Dakota Access Pipeline Protest Camp

On Thursday morning, law enforcement cleared out the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota, ending a months-long protest against the completion of the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline.

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Parallels - World News

Tillerson And Kelly Visit Mexico Amid Simmering Immigration, Trade Tensions

Talks between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly with their Mexican counterparts took place as the countries' relationship faces deepening strains.

Lucia Adeng Wek holds her 3-year-old son, Wek Wol Wek, who suffers from malnutrition. They're at a clinic in South Sudan run by Doctors without Borders and were photographed on Oct. 11, 2016. Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Goats and Soda

Who Declares A Famine? And What Does That Actually Mean?

Similar to categories for hurricanes and earthquakes, officials have developed a five-phase scale to rank food crises.

Who Declares A Famine? And What Does That Actually Mean?

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A New Orleans police officer strings up used crime scene tape at the scene of a drive-by shooting in the Central City neighborhood. One hundred people were shot in New Orleans by Feb. 10 — about a month sooner than recent years. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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U.S.

New Orleans And The Hard Work Of Pushing Down The Murder Rate

President Trump is promising to crack down on crime. But police crackdowns have already been tried in cities such as New Orleans, which is now enduring a resurgence in homicide.

New Orleans And The Hard Work Of Pushing Down The Murder Rate

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Movies

These Oscar-Nominated Documentaries Tell Intimate Stories Of Syria's Civil War

Three of the five films in the documentary short category show Syrians affected by the years-long conflict, including a group of civilian rescue volunteers, fleeing refugees and a resettled family.

These Oscar-Nominated Documentaries Tell Intimate Stories Of Syria's Civil War

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