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The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is a regular stop for candidate speeches, hand-shaking and fried-food consumption. It takes place for about two weeks every August, with the years just before the Iowa caucuses especially busy. Don Gonyea/NPR hide caption

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On The Campaign Trail, These Are Hot Spots Candidates Can't Resist

In early primary and caucus states, there are well-known places — diners, fairs, union halls — where candidates connect with voters. Here are some of the classics and a few new spots.

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European Elections Will Be A Test For Nationalist Parties Hoping To Remake The EU

"I believe this is the first time since the beginning of European integration that this European Union could actually break apart," center-left Dutch politician Frans Timmermans warned this month.

European Elections Will Be A Test For Nationalist Parties Hoping To Remake The EU

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Opinion: Want Another Dog, Kids? Let's 'Have That Conversation'

"I think we should have that conversation" is this era's preferred non-answer for politicians trying to avoid tricky subjects, NPR's Scott Simon says.

Opinion: Want Another Dog, Kids? Let's 'Have That Conversation'

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U.S. citizens use ropes to cross the Rio Grande from San Antonio del Bravo, Mexico, into Candelaria, Texas. U.S. citizens depend on the free health clinic in San Antonio del Bravo. Lorne Matalon for NPR hide caption

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In Rural West Texas, Illegal Border Crossings Are Routine For U.S. Citizens

In some remote border towns in Texas along the Rio Grande, U.S. citizens cross back and forth for medical care in Mexico. It's a technically illegal reality that local Border Patrol acknowledges.

In Rural West Texas, Illegal Border Crossings Are Routine For U.S. Citizens

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U.K.'s Theresa May Resigns Acknowledging Failure To Deliver Brexit

Theresa May's term as prime minister has been one misstep after another, starting with calling an early election that left her weakened and without support to negotiate the U.K.'s exit from the E.U.

U.K.'s Theresa May Resigns Acknowledging Failure To Deliver Brexit

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Zolgensma, a new drug approved by the FDA Friday, costs more than $2.1 million. It's made by AveXis, a drugmaker owned by pharmaceutical giant Novartis. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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At Roughly $2.1 Million, New Gene Therapy Is The Most Expensive Drug Ever

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new gene therapy for a rare but devastating genetic disorder. The drugmaker says the cost is worth it because it's a one-time treatment that saves lives.

At $2.1 Million, New Gene Therapy Is The Most Expensive Drug Ever

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This 'Greatest Hits' Album Is Real. Its Artist Is Fiction

Laura Barnett wrote a novel about an aging singer-songwriter sizing up her life in 16 tracks. Then she approached musician Kathryn Williams, who created the book's original soundtrack.

This 'Greatest Hits' Album Is Real. Its Artist Is Fiction

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Debris is piled outside of an apartment complex that was damaged by Hurricane Michael on May 10 in Panama City, Fla. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, blocked a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill Friday after the Senate approved it and President Trump agreed to sign it. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Disaster Aid Bill Stalled After Republican Blocks House Vote

House Republican Rep. Chip Roy objected to a procedural vote on a bipartisan $19.1 billion disaster aid bill, forcing Congress to wait until June to finish work on the legislation.

A protester waves the European Union flag during the pro-Europe demonstration "One Europe for All: Your voice against nationalism," a week before Sunday's European elections in Berlin, on May 19. Omer Messinger/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Allies See Nationalism Rise, Germany Sees Threats To Alliances It Champions

The worldview that nations should promote their interests over those of the international community poses a challenge for Germany, a country built on partnerships.

Threat Of Nationalist Wins In EU Vote Tests Germany, A Country Built On Alliances

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Police Say They Have 'Subway Brake Bandit,' Who Stopped Trains Without Reason

New York transit officials think he would surf on top of a train, get into the operating cabin, and then yank the emergency brake. The train would be delayed, along with others on that line.

Kenya's High Court ruled on Friday to uphold the penal code criminalizing homosexual acts. An LGBTQ activist in Nairobi is seen here in February, learning that a court ruling on same-sex relationships was postponed. Khalil Senosi/AP hide caption

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Kenya's Judges Uphold Laws That Criminalize Gay Sex

A three-judge panel made a unanimous ruling on Friday that outraged the LGBTQ community. People convicted of homosexual acts will continue to face the threat of up to 14 years in prison.

New research confirms what we've been hearing for years: Cooking from scratch and eating "real food" is healthier than consuming the highly processed foods that make up the majority of calories in the American diet. The problem is that knowing this doesn't make it any more doable for the average family. Jacobs Stock Photography Ltd./Getty Images hide caption

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Why Ditching Processed Foods Won't Be Easy — The Barriers To Cooking From Scratch

Though a new study shows that eating unprocessed food is healthier, home-cooked meals require resources that food experts take for granted, such as money and time, the authors of a new book argue.

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'Booksmart' Director Olivia Wilde: Teen Movies 'Made Me Excited To Be Young'

Wilde says her directorial debut is a "love letter" to the '80s and '90s movies that defined her adolescence. She hopes this film will help Generation Z "celebrate being young."

'Booksmart' Director Olivia Wilde: Teen Movies 'Made Me Excited To Be Young'

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The drug buprenorphine blocks the cravings associated with addiction. It comes in tablets and dissolvable film. The only injectable form available is a drug called Sublocade; a rival drug is ready for market but may be blocked for several years by the FDA. Tetra Images/Getty Images/Tetra images RF hide caption

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In Midst Of Opioid Crisis, FDA May Block New Addiction Drug From Market

A quirk in the law gives an older opioid addiction treatment "orphan drug" status — and a period of exclusive market access. That may prevent some new therapies from reaching patients for years.

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Stream The 'Revelación': Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week

The pop music charts feel like one endless dance club session while Latin legend Rubén Blades stretches his vision. Plus, a Clash classic gets a Latina makeover.

Stream The 'Revelación': Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week

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Barr Is Investigating The Investigators: Will He Find Wrongdoing Or Political Fuel?

Attorney General William Barr may reveal what he discovers as he looks into the origins of the Russia investigation, the president says. Democrats complain about information being "weaponized."

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Former Inmates Are Getting Jobs As Employers Ignore Stigma In Bright Economy

People convicted of felonies often have difficulties getting hired. But many employers say they're suffering a labor shortage, and attitudes toward hiring people with criminal records are changing.

Former Inmates Are Getting Jobs As Employers Ignore Stigma In Bright Economy

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Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, pictured at a forum in Las Vegas on April 27, says he wants to decriminalize illegal border crossings. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Julián Castro Wants To Redefine Which Immigrants Have 'Merit'

The Democratic presidential candidate wants to decriminalize border crossing and argues that President Trump's proposed "merit-based" immigration system "says that only certain people have merit."

Julián Castro Wants To Redefine Which Immigrants Have 'Merit'

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