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 NPR's Brian Naylor talks to Georgetown University professor Edmund A. Ghareeb about the history of Iraq's 800,000-strong Christian community and its relations with the country's Muslim majority.
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 NPR's Liane Hansen talks with journalists, diplomats, and policy experts from around the world about American foreign policy.
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August 1, 2004 A sound montage of some of the voices in this past week's news, including former president Bill Clinton; State Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL); General John Shalikashvili; Sen. John Edwards (D-NC); Sen. John Kerry (D-MA).
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July 31, 2004 Combat situations create moral and ethical dilemmas for the servicemen and servicewomen involved in the action. NPR's Brian Naylor talks with Martin Cook, an ethics professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and one of Cook's former students, Col. John Peabody.
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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.
July 31, 2004 President Bush and Sen. John Kerry both make campaign stops in Ohio and Pennsylvania, seen as key battleground states, as the White House race picks up again following the Democratic Convention.
July 31, 2004 In June, the Supreme Court invalidated Washington state's sentencing guidelines, casting doubt on the 15-year-old system. The result is what one expert calls legal anarchy, with jurists uncertain how to proceed in the wake of the ruling. NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports.
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July 31, 2004 The U.S. is short on cement, which means that some driveways and pools may go un-poured this construction season. Who's to blame? China. NPR's Scott Simon gets the story from Ed Sullivan, chief economist for the Illinois-based Portland Cement Association.
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