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10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 08:32
What are the rules over Spider-Man's race and sexuality?

#GlastoXI - Your music-themed team

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 08:29
As the UK's biggest music festival gets under way, BBC Sport readers contribute a pop star-meets-footballer XI.

Q&A: Rail upgrade row

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 08:21
The government has announced it is delaying some modernisation projects planned for Network Rail. What are the reasons for this?

Disappeared sister tells of pain

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 08:10
Philomena McKee, sister of one of the Disappeared, has spoken of her family's pain after visiting the spot where her brother was murdered 43 years ago.

Sri Lankan parliament dissolved

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 08:03
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolves parliament, paving the way for an early general election.

Missouri Food Pantries Help Clients Grow Their Own Produce

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-26 08:02

Fresh fruits and vegetables can be hard to come by for low-income people who rely on food pantries. So some aid programs are now handing out seeds and plants and teaching clients to grow their own.

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Armstrong to ride part of Tour route

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 08:00
Lance Armstrong will go ahead with controversial plans to ride two stages of the Tour de France for charity.

How to approach a growing job market

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-26 07:59

With the job market finally improving, job opportunities are growing. What's the best way to approach the market now? What if you want to improve your current gig? To answer those questions David Lazarus spoke to Hallie Crawford, a career coach based in Atlanta.

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40 Years Later, The Cast Of 'Cooley High' Looks Back

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-26 07:56

After the filming finished, cast members of Cooley High went their separate ways. Now they reflect.

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Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: A Reaction

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-26 07:55

Same-sex marriage is now legal nationwide in the U.S. For a look at what lay behind the Supreme Court's decision, and its ramifications, David Greene speaks with NPR's Mara Liasson and Nina Totenberg.

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Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 07:54
The big numbers of the past week, visualised.

What's the secret of writing great song lyrics?

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 07:54
What all great song lyrics have in common

Weekend Edition: The week's best reads

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 07:54
The best reads of the week you may have missed

A Legal View Of The High Court's Ruling On Same-Sex Marriage

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-26 07:51

For analysis of this landmark decision, David Greene talks to Samuel Bagenstos, professor at University of Michigan Law School who has argued three courses before the Supreme Court himself.

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Breaking Down A Legal Landmark: The Justices' Opinions In Obergefell V. Hodges

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-26 07:48

For an analysis of both the majority opinion and the dissents for the historic Supreme Court case, David Greene talks to NPR's Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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How The High Court Has Changed The Legal Landscape For Same-Sex Marriage

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-26 07:42

For analysis of the Supreme Court's landmark decision on same-sex marriage, David Greene talks to Richard Primus, a constitutional law professor at the University of Michigan.

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What will happen to state-run insurance exchanges?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-26 07:42

The Supreme Court upheld a key part of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, enabling health insurance subsidies to all qualifying Americans.

 

The ruling firmly establishes the legality of Obamacare, but quite a few states had already moved forward in creating their own insurance exchanges.

 

The states that set up their own exchanges — mostly Democratic ones — were really trying to get out ahead and help support Obamacare, says Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

 

“But, it turned out that creating these exchanges was a whole lot more difficult than people thought, especially creating the IT infrastructure,” says Levitt. “Now [that Healthcare.gov is] working quite well, and it's probably better than most state-based marketplaces.”    

 

Levitt says now that the health care law is here to stay, those states may want to think about letting Healthcare.gov take over.

 

Christine Eibner, a senior economist at RAND specializing in health care policy, says whether these state exchanges remain or go, at least now they can start making decisions.

 

“You know, I think it just creates a lot more certainty,” Eibner says. “Now it frees up states and the federal government to begin, if they want, to make changes or adapt their websites or move forward with decision-making; there's not uncertainty anymore.” 

 

State-run exchanges are also expensive. They were initially established with the help of federal grants.  That money is no longer available, and state exchanges are supposed to be paid for through subscriber fees. 

 

Therefore states with smaller populations, such as Hawaii or Vermont, may find it more cost-effective to switch over to the federal exchange, Levitt says.

Irish woman killed on Tunisia beach

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-26 07:38
An Irish woman is believed to be among at least 28 people killed in Tunisia in an attack on a beach near two tourist hotels.

Today At The High Court, A Triumph For Gay Rights Advocates

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-26 07:38

The Supreme Court dealt same-sex marriage advocates a historic victory Friday, ruling 5-4 that states must license and recognize same-sex marriage. For more, David Greene speaks with NPR's Ron Elving.

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5 Challenges Still Facing Obamacare

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-26 07:37

The Supreme Court ruling affirming the legality of insurance subsidies for all eligible low-income Americans regardless of where the live clears up one big question. But there are others.

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