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'Up First' Podcast: Mitch McConnell Pushes On With Health Care Plan

It appears the Republican push for a health care bill isn't quite dead with two options now on the table, but there's still no sign they'll get the votes needed to pass either one.

Friday, July 21st, 2017

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Former NFL football star O.J. Simpson enters for his parole hearing Thursday at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Lovelock, Nev. The panel decided Simpson could be released as early as October after serving 9 years in prison. Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal/AP hide caption

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Analysis

With Parole, A New Round Of O.J. Obsession Begins

The athlete, celebrity and murder suspect was the focus of an intensely covered trial, and two recent TV series that set him at the center of America's diciest topics: race, wealth, justice and fame.

An undated photo shows peach pickers being driven to the orchards in Muscella, Ga. Black labor was essential for the success of the peach crop, even if African-Americans were rarely credited for the importance of their work. Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress hide caption

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The Salt

The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia's Iconic Peach

The state isn't the biggest producer of the pink-orange fruit. So why are Georgia peaches so iconic? The answer has a lot to do with slavery — its end and a need for the South to rebrand itself.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is mobbed by young supporters after addressing an anti-austerity rally in Parliament Square, London, following a march through the city on July 1. Victoria Jones - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Once Seen As Too Left-Wing, Will Jeremy Corbyn Be U.K.'s Next Prime Minister?

The Labour Party leader is 68 and riding a wave of support from young voters. "He's like the Bernie Sanders of the U.K., but with a very refined accent," says a staffer who once worked for Sanders.

Once Seen As Too Left-Wing, Will Jeremy Corbyn Be U.K.'s Next Prime Minister?

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Dawn Sahr (left) and Asma Jama met for the first time at StoryCorps. In October 2015, Sahr's sister physically attacked Jama at a restaurant in Minnesota. Afterward, Sahr reached out to Jama to make sure she was OK and to offer her support. Courtesy of StoryCorps hide caption

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StoryCorps

When A Somali-American Woman Was Attacked, Support Came From An Unlikely Source

Asma Jama was struck in the face with a glass mug after speaking Swahili in a restaurant in Minnesota. After the trial ended and the attacker pleaded guilty, the attacker's sister reached out to Jama.

When A Somali-American Woman Was Attacked, Support Came From An Unlikely Source

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Why The Stock Market's Rise Isn't Just A Trump Rally

Traders and financial professionals work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday. Major stock indexes are in record territory. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Business

Why The Stock Market's Rise Isn't Just A Trump Rally

All major stock indexes — including the Dow — are in record territory, even though the Trump administration has failed to deliver on key legislative promises. But other factors are at play.

Why The Stock Market's Rise Isn't Just A Trump Rally

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Why The Stock Market's Rise Isn't Just A Trump Rally

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Business

Stocks Are At Record Highs. Is It Entirely A Trump Rally?

All major stock indexes — including the Dow — are in record territory, even though the Trump administration has failed to deliver on key legislative promises. But other factors are at play.

Why The Stock Market's Rise Isn't Just A Trump Rally

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Costume Jewelry Designer Kenneth Jay Lane Dies At 85

Lane designed costume jewelry for Hollywood stars, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and viewers of TV's shopping channel QVC. Many women wore his fakes, or "faque," as he pronounced it, with their real gems.

Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL students in training in 2014. The Navy now has two female candidates to join the elite special operations forces for the first time since front-line combat jobs were opened to women. MC1 Michael Russell/U.S. Navy hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

The Navy Gets Its First Female SEAL Candidate

Along with the SEAL officer candidate, another woman is up for an elite job as a special boat operator, some 18 months after the Pentagon opened front-line combat jobs to women.

The Trump helicopter is seen at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., in April. The president's club is requesting foreign worker visas to staff up during peak season. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Trump's Private Clubs In Florida Are Seeking Visas For Foreign Workers

President Trump is marking "Made in America" week to promote American labor. At the same time, his two Florida clubs are seeking visas to bring in foreign workers for low-wage jobs.

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Law

Conservative Political Blogger Confirmed For Seat On Federal Appeals Court

John Bush's controversial online views on abortion and race were criticized at a hearing last week but did not stand in the way of his Senate confirmation on a party-line vote.

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Dance

3 Top Ballet Companies Convene For The Golden Anniversary Of 'Jewels'

George Balanchine's modernist masterpiece was the first full-length, nonnarrative ballet. Russian, American and French ballet dancers have gathered to perform it together in New York City.

3 Top Ballet Companies Convene For The Golden Anniversary Of 'Jewels'

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Hundreds of protestors hold signs and chant at a rally in front of the Colorado State Capitol Building, in Denver. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is scheduled to deliver a speech to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which backs school choice policies coast to coast. Ann Marie Awad/CPR hide caption

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DeVos Speech Greeted By Protesters She Calls 'Defenders Of The Status Quo'

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has longstanding ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, which backs school choice policies coast to coast.

Betsy DeVos Speech Greeted By Protesters She Calls 'Defenders Of The Status Quo'

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A pump jack at work in 2016, near Firestone, Colo. The American Exploration & Production Council, which represents oil and gas exploration firms, is one of many industry groups supporting the HONEST Act, which was passed by the House and is now with the Senate. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Science

GOP Effort To Make Environmental Science 'Transparent' Worries Scientists

There's a push in Congress to rewrite how science gets used in regulation — and that has researchers worried. The industry-backed bill would let business nitpick raw data and ignore valid results.

GOP Effort To Make Environmental Science 'Transparent' Worries Scientists

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