August 1, 2004 The Department of Homeland Security raises the terror alert level in Washington, New York and New Jersey. Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge says financial institutions like the New York Stock Exchange and the International Monetary Fund could be targeted. NPR's Libby Lewis reports.
August 1, 2004 NPR's Brian Naylor looks at the strategies and marketing gimmicks employed by get-out-the-vote groups to draw young people to polling places in November. Whether it's a public service announcement with hip-hop musician Andre 3000 or a DKNY t-shirt, groups across the country are trying to make voting fashionable.
August 1, 2004 French soldiers have been deployed to Chad to assist with aid operations and to keep out the militiamen who are killing black Sudanese and driving them from their homes. The troops are part of an effort to stem the humanitarian disaster unfolding in the Darfur region of neighboring Sudan. Hear NPR's Brian Naylor and NPR's Jason Beaubien.
August 1, 2004 Car bombings outside five Christian churches in Baghdad and Mosul leave several people dead and dozens wounded. Authorities say the series of explosions may be the most highly coordinated attack since the insurgency began 15 months ago after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. NPR's Anne Garrels reports.
August 1, 2004 In Iraq, several cars explode outside Christian churches as their congregations were holding evening services. One detonation was reported in the northern city of Mosul; at three others occurred in Baghdad. NPR's Anne Garrels reports.
August 1, 2004 The ACLU reverses a decision to screen prospective employees using federal "watch lists." The organization, which has vigorously opposed the lists of people who are suspected of possibly having ties to terrorists, is rescinding a written agreement to consult the lists. Hear ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero, board member Wendy Kaminer and NPR's Liane Hansen.
August 1, 2004 Sen. John Kerry emphasized economic management and jobs in his campaigning this weekend. NPR's Scott Horsley travelled with Kerry through the industrial Midwest.
August 1, 2004 President Bush visits divided areas of Ohio, which has been hard-hit by the economic slowdowns of recent years. The president's campaign bus went through the swing states of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio Saturday. NPR's Don Gonyea reports.
August 1, 2004 Monsoon rains that began in June have caused floods that have displaced millions in South Asia. The rains are expected to continue for another two months. Miranda Kennedy visited one hard-hit area, the state of Assam in Northeastern India.
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August 1, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's popularity is rising in Europe. European newspapers are becoming increasingly vocal in stating the hope that a new president in Washington will help heal the Euro-American rift that has existed during the Bush administration. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports.
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August 1, 2004 NPR's Liane Hansen talks with journalists, diplomats, and policy experts from around the world about American foreign policy.
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July 31, 2004 A growing number of lawsuits are emerging from the abuse scandals in America's military prisons abroad. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.
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July 31, 2004 A Vatican letter to bishops charges that feminism blurs the differences between men and women -- and suggests it has also promoted the idea that homosexuality and heterosexuality are equivalent. Hear NPR's Brian Naylor and John Allen, Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.
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July 31, 2004 President Bush and Sen. John Kerry nearly cross paths on bus tours through the swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Kerry questions the president's assertion that the economy is "turning a corner." Bush acknowledges workers' fears, but says the way to save jobs is to keep business taxes low. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
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July 31, 2004 President Bush uses his weekly radio address to defend his economic policies. Though the White House said Friday that the federal deficit will hit a record $445 billion this year, Mr. Bush predicted Saturday that the deficit for 2004 and 2005 will be $100 billion less than his advisers previously estimated.
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