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Sen. Marco Rubio Hopes For A Congress 'Whose Work Is Relevant' To Americans

The Republican party begins 2015 in control of both chambers of Congress. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., talks with Steve Inskeep about the party's priorities and the possibility of a presidential bid.

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Sen. Marco Rubio Hopes For A Congress 'Whose Work Is Relevant' To Americans

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With Rescue Dogs In Demand, More Shelters Look Far Afield For Fido

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The War On Drugs, seen here performing live on KEXP, supplied several of public radio's most popular songs this year. Dave Lichterman/KEXP hide caption

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Public Radio's Most Played Songs Of 2014

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Flood Damage Repaired, Aging Congregation Still Faces Challenges

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Pastry With Soul. It's That Simple

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Last fall's state-ordered quarantine of nurse Kaci Hickox (shown here with her boyfriend, Theodore Michael Wilbur, in late October) started at the airport in Newark, N.J., then followed her home to Fort Kent, Maine. Hickox treated Ebola patients in Africa but never had the illness. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Ebola Aid Workers Still Avoiding New York And New Jersey

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