Melissa Block As special correspondent, Melissa Block produces richly reported profiles of figures at the forefront of thought and culture, as well as stories and series on the critical issues of our day. In addition, she is a guest host on NPR news programs.

U.S. Economy Shrinks For First Time In Over Three Years

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President Obama Renews Push For Immigration Reform, Praises Bipartisan Plan

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U.S. May Build Base For Drones In Northwest Africa

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Congress Could Limit Senators' Ability To Filibuster

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Grapes, a spiky cluster of wooden stools from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), is part of Ai Weiwei's repurposed furniture series. Cathy Carver/Courtesy Hirshhorn Museum hide caption

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In 'According To What?' Ai Weiwei Makes Mourning Subversive

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Exit Polls Project Netanyahu Will Lead Israel For Another Term

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Inaugural Balls Downsized The Second Time Around

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Hedge Fund Titans Bet Billions On Success Or Failure Of 'Herbalife'

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'Lincoln,' 'Life Of Pi' Lead Oscar Nominations

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Iranian Government May Be Behind Recent Cyber Attacks

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Baseball Hall Of Fame Shutout A Ringing Verdict On Sport's Steroid Era

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Obama's New Treasury Secretary Pick Should Be Able To Hit Ground Running

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Notre Dame Battles Alabama For BCS Football Glory

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Obama Nominates John Kerry For Secretary Of State

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