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It's All Politics

Meet The Newest American Running Mate: The Rifle

In Texas and elsewhere, guns are playing major roles this campaign season. Politicians have opened fire in ads, literally, and embraced the gun as a symbol of their conservative street cred.

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Heavy Rotation: Our Panel's 10 Favorite Songs Of The Year (So Far)

NPR Music asked public radio hosts to choose highlights from the first half of 2014. These are their picks. Stream songs by Hawk House, Jack White, The Orwells, Zara McFarlane and more.

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Dad Of Fallen Arizona Hotshot Hopes To Make Better Fire Shelters

The father of one of the 19 firefighters who died a year ago in the Yarnell Hill Fire wants to create shelters that better shield against direct flames.

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