Linda Wertheimer As NPR's senior national correspondent, Linda Wertheimer travels the country and the globe for NPR News, bringing her unique insights and wealth of experience to bear on the day's top news stories.

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Dickens At 200: A Birthday You Can't 'Bah Humbug'

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December's Jobless Rate Expected To Tick Higher

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College Football Bowl Games Cap 2011 Season

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Google Searches Are A Window Into Our Culture

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Egyptian Military Raids Foreign-Funded NGO Offices

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NBA Stars Didn't Disappoint In Season Openers

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What's Behind House GOP's Payroll Tax Reversal?

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NBA Kicks Off Shortened Season On Christmas Day

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U.S. Admits To Some Mistakes In Deadly Pakistan Raid

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Hundreds Killed In Bloody Month For Syrian Uprising

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Egyptian Women Protest Army Abuses Against Them

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Payroll Tax Holiday Extension Is In Jeopardy

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5 Years Later: Calderon's War On Cartels

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23 European Countries Sign On To Fiscal Pact

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Blasts Across Afghanistan Kill Dozens

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