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It's All Politics

President Pitches Overtime Rule That Could Raise Wages For 5 Million

The regulation, which retailers and restaurants likely will fight, would mean that all employees earning up to $50,440 a year would be guaranteed overtime pay, up from the current cap of $23,660.

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Parallels - World News

In Saudi Arabia, An Uphill Fight To Out-Shout The Extremists

Can satire and commentary win out against ISIS? Some Saudi journalists and comedians are risking their lives to mock and question their country's religious extremists.

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Latin America

Brazil Tries To Rebuild Relations With U.S. After NSA Spying Scandal

Two years ago, President Dilma Rousseff canceled a planned state visit after discovering the U.S. was spying on Brazil. Since that time, her popularity has nosedived and so too has Brazil's economy.

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Code Switch

Making The Law Respect Gender Identity After Death KQED

When filmmaker Christopher Lee died in 2012, his friends told the coroner that he was transgender. His death certificate nevertheless listed him as female. "It felt like spitting on his grave," one friend remembers.

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Bite into that bread before your main meal, and you'll spike your blood sugar and amp up your appetite. Waiting until the end of your dinner to nosh on bread can blunt those effects. iStockphoto hide caption

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The Salt

Curb Your Appetite: Save Bread For The End Of The Meal

A hot bread basket is a tasty way to start off dinner. But all those carbs before the main fare can amp up appetite and spike blood sugar. Saving the carbs for the end of the meal can help avert that.

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U.S.

The Economic Reality Of The Same-Sex Marriage Ruling WSHU

From less-complicated tax filing to reduced uncertainty over medical decisions, the Supreme Court's ruling will have a wide impact on same-sex households. It will also affect corporate policies.

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Heavy Rotation

10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Hear a summery selection of tracks that some of our favorite public-radio hosts loved this month, including music from BØRNS, Django Django and Somi.

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The gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. On Monday the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Sue Ogrocki/AP hide caption

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Law

Supreme Court Concludes Term With Death Penalty Ruling, Looks Ahead

The court wrapped up on Monday, supporting the use of a controversial drug in executions by lethal injection. The justices also set up cases to be heard next term on affirmative action and abortion.

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KEXP Presents: Speedy Ortiz KEXP

Sadie Dupuis has figured out how to channel the saltiest bits of '90s-inspired indie-rock.

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