President Obama answers questions during his news conference at the White House on Tuesday.
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April 30, 2013 What stood out were the moments he seemed at a loss with the frustrations of dealing with Congress. But no matter how frustrating a president finds this dilemma, it does not advance his cause to wear his frustration in public. Yes, he must acknowledge the difficulties he faces, but he also needs to transcend them.
April 29, 2013 The Obama administration has acknowledged that chemical weapons have been used in the war in Syria. That assessment has unleashed a wave of criticism of the president's handling of the Syrian situation.
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April 28, 2013 Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin discusses his concerns about the continued use of drones by the U.S. military with Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin.
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April 22, 2013 Members of Congress are already expressing how they think the suspect in the marathon bombing case should be questioned and tried. Some lawmakers are also using the attack in Boston to argue both for and against overhauling immigration and gun control.
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April 18, 2013 An independent review of NPR's Mideast coverage by former foreign editor John Felton. He found the coverage to be generally accurate and balanced, but chided NPR for relying too much on Washington-based experts to explain events in Israel and the Palestinian territories.
April 15, 2013 Guns and immigration are both expected to top the agenda on Capitol Hill this week. And some people are sensing an outbreak of bipartisanship on both matters.
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April 8, 2013 For years, Republicans have complained that the president has never sent a detailed blueprint. This time, the president's team says the spending plan will be very detailed.
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Musical instruments wait for the arrival of the orchestra during the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 12.
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April 5, 2013 There's a lot of coughing in audiences at concerts and plays. Why? Commentator Alva Noe suggests that the answer has something to do with the importance of art.
April 3, 2013 What can we say about how the brain creates our sense of self? A lot and yet surprisingly little, as it turns out. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser ponders the many challenges scientists face to make sense of our mind.
April 2, 2013 Are you one of the last humans who will ever live? Commentator Adam Frank takes us through the famous Doomsday Argument and what it means.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, speaks at a luncheon for the American Society of News Editors in San Diego.
April 2, 2013 Sheryl Sandberg's new book on women and ambition has some critics wondering what a top tech industry executive can really tell the average American woman. Commentator Tania Lombrozo argues that not all books by women and for women need to be for all women.
March 30, 2013 North Korea has officially declared itself in a state of war with both the United States and with it's South Korean neighbors. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Laura Sullivan speaks with James Fallows, national correspondent with The Atlantic, about that story and others from the past week.
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March 27, 2013 The high school rape case in Steubenville, Ohio raised uncomfortable questions about how young people learn about their sexual rights and responsibilities. Host Michel Martin talks about the real sex education teens should be getting, with author Laura Sessions Stepp, attorney B.J. Bernstein, and youth mentor Malik Washington.
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March 25, 2013 President Obama's visit to the Middle East has both inspired cheers and raised eyebrows among policy experts. But will his visit help reshape the debate over the region's future? Host Michel Martin discusses the trip with Peter Beinart, who edits The Daily Beast's Open Zion blog, and Saeed Khan, a lecturer and Middle East expert at Wayne State University.
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March 25, 2013 The economy remains at the top of the list of voter concerns. And this weekend, for the first time in four years, the Democratically-controlled Senate passed a budget plan aimed at getting the federal deficit under control. That plan was very different from the budget passed by the House.
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