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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen waits for a hearing of the Joint Economic Committee in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 29, 2017. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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With Focus On Unemployment, Yellen Led Fed Through Tough Balancing Act

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Ballou High School, in Washington, D.C.'s Southeast quadrant, is located in one of the city's poorest neighborhoods and has struggled academically for years. An investigation by WAMU and NPR has found that the school's administration graduated dozens of students despite high rates of unexcused absences. Tyrone Turner/WAMU hide caption

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In D.C., 34 Percent Of Graduates Received A Diploma Against District Policy

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A U.S. Army soldier unloads a shipment of water provided by FEMA as a resident walks past in San Isidro, Puerto Rico. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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FEMA To End Food And Water Aid For Puerto Rico

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State Of The Union Speechwriter On What To Expect For Trump's Address

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Labeled A 'Terrorist,' A Black Lives Matter Founder Writes Her Record

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Elad Dvash-Banks (left) and his husband, Andrew, pose for photos with their twin sons, Ethan (right) and Aiden, in their Los Angeles apartment on Tuesday. Ethan is a plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against the State Department that seeks the same rights as his brother, who is a U.S. citizen. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Same-Sex Couples Sue U.S. Government For Kids' Citizenship

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Manuel, shown with his family, first came to the United States illegally more than two decades ago. He was one of the 143,470 immigrants arrested in the interior of the country last year by immigration authorities. Jed Conklin for NPR hide caption

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A Father, A Husband, An Immigrant: Detained And Facing Deportation

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Tom Hansen's irregular pay leaves him and his wife, Gina Barr, juggling their finances to pay the bills. Jim Zarroli/NPR hide caption

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For One Family, Contract Work Means 'Feast Or Famine' As Income Varies

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Vapor from e-cigarettes contains toxins, although fewer than conventional cigarettes. mauro_grigollo/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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E-Cigarettes Likely Encourage Kids To Try Tobacco But May Help Adults Quit

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John Vensel is a contract attorney at the Orrick law firm in Wheeling, W.Va. He says contract work is today's economic reality. Yuki Noguchi/NPR hide caption

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Freelanced: The Rise Of The Contract Workforce

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Hector Cantu, the comic strip author of Baldo, introduced the topic of immigration and the status of DREAMers in a strip. "You know, I'm always asking myself, if Baldo was real and his friends were real, what would they be facing right now?" he said. LM Otero/AP hide caption

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For Comic Strip Authors In The Trump Era, 'No Art Should Live In A Vacuum'

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Helen Grace James holds images from her time in the Air Force. "The military was something I thought was really important," she told The Washington Post. Legal Aid at Work hide caption

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Kicked Out Of Air Force For Being Gay, Helen Grace James Wins Honorable Discharge

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During the 2013 shutdown, tourists have to look at Mount Rushmore from the highway because the national memorial in Keystone, S.D., was closed. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Open Or Closed? Here's What Happens In A Partial Government Shutdown

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The Department of Health and Humans Services is adding a Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom to protect doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to take part in some kinds of care because of moral or religious objections. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Admin Will Protect Health Workers Who Refuse Services On Religious Grounds

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Americans generally have little confidence in the institutions that control the U.S. Brittany Mayes/NPR hide caption

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Here's Just How Little Confidence Americans Have In Political Institutions

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