While annual deficits have shrunk dramatically since the depths of the Great Recession, the federal government is still adding to its overall debt. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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The Future President Will Need To Wrestle With Debt From The Past

The federal government has issued trillions of dollars in IOUs. And just the interest on that massive debt could be a serious constraint for the next president.

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Are Black Voters Ready For Hillary Clinton? GPB

African-Americans are going to be key to Clinton's presidential run. After a tense 2008 primary fight with Barack Obama, she's trying to win them over.

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Capitol Hill Books owner Jim Toole runs the front register of his used book store several days a week. He's banned several words from his store, including "awesome," "perfect" and, of course, "Amazon." Ariel Zambelich/NPR hide caption

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Book News & Features

The Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are Hanging In

The debate over whether digital books are better continues. But in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.

License plate scanners have helped police locate stolen vehicles and have even assisted in murder investigations. But with their ability to track a person's every move, skeptics worry about privacy. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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License Plate Scanners, Big Data And Privacy Worries

The scanners are standard equipment for police, but what's not settled is how all the information collected should be used. That data can link people to certain addresses and flag unusual activity.

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Austin sushi entrepreneur Peter Yung makes an Insectopia Roll at the Future Food Salon in Austin, Texas, in February 2014. A British researcher writes that chefs and others must "make insect dishes appeal as food, not just a way to save the planet." Courtesy of Little Herds hide caption

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The Salt

Bugs: Not What's For Dinner — Until They're Tastier, Maybe

A U.K. researcher says the environmental argument for eating bugs isn't working on its own. She says chefs and policymakers must "make insect dishes appeal as food, not just a way to save the planet."

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Women Fight Their Way Through Army's Grueling Ranger School WUNC

Two years after the Defense Department lifted the ban on women serving in combat units, the Army is allowing women to go through the training program for soldiers who aspire to be infantry leaders.

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Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn't Quite Ready To Abandon It

Cost and lethal-injection complications have led some states to reconsider the death penalty. U.S. support for the practice has declined over the last two decades, but three-in-five still support it.

Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum stands with his wife Karen Santorum as he announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election on Wednesday. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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Rick Santorum Announces Presidential Run

The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania appeals to his party's social conservatives. Rick Santorum won the Iowa caucuses in 2012, but this time around he faces a crowded Republican field.

Detroit is attracting entrepreneurs who like the relatively cheap workspaces. But real estate developers like Sean Harrington, who turned the Iodent Building into an apartment complex, are paying the price in property taxes. Jason Margolis/NPR hide caption

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On The Road To Recovery, Detroit Property Taxes Aren't Helping

Even with cheap rent, the cost of doing business is high. With the nation's highest commercial property taxes, one business mogul says this stunts entrepreneurship in a city that needs more jobs.

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Shots - Health News

How A Claim That A Childhood Vaccine Prevents Leukemia Went Too Far

It seemed to make sense that the childhood Hib vaccine could cut leukemia risk by keeping the immune system in check. But proving there's cause and effect at work turns out to be a challenge.

Super PACs like Ready for Hillary — and the dark money that often comes with them — have inspired new dictionary entries. Here, volunteers for the Ready for Hillary Clinton for President 2016 Super PAC canvas people waiting in line to see Clinton discuss her new book, 'Hard Choices: A Memoir,' at the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University June 13, 2014 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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How Politics Is Shaping Language: 'Dark Money' Added To Dictionary

Tech drives a lot of language-innovation in the U.S., but politics plays a pretty big role as well.

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