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Republicans File Suit Against Obama Administration Over Health Law

House Republicans have been threatening to sue Obama over executive actions he's taken on the Affordable Care Act. Today, they pulled the trigger.

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Speaker Boehner Says The House Will Act On Immigration

Republican Rep. John Boehner delivered a statement Friday in reaction to President Obama's immigration address, saying Obama is damaging the presidency.

London Mayor Boris Johnson Owes IRS Money, Won't Pay

Johnson holds dual U.S.-U.K. citizenship, but hasn't lived in the U.S. since he was 5. He told WAMU's Diane Rehm Show that he had been billed for capital gains on the sale of his first home.

Holder Calls For Calm As Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Looms

In a newly released video, Holder has messages for law enforcement agents as well as for those protesting the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Boehner: 'We Will Not Stand Idly By As President Undermines The Rule Of Law'

House Speaker John Boehner said President Obama acted like a king when he deferred the deportation of up to 5 million immigrants.

Who's Dreaming Now? Obama Opponents Do A Weapons Check On Immigration

At the Republican Governors Association meeting in Florida, 2016 presidential contenders vied to be the most outraged. But here too, the focus was less on the policy than on the unilateral process.

Still Reeling From SCOTUS Decision, Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

The streaming company's founder said fallout from a Supreme Court ruling in favor of TV networks proved "too difficult to overcome."

U.S. Transfers 5 Guantanamo Detainees To Georgia, Slovakia

Four of them become the first Yemeni detainees to be transferred since 2010. There are still 143 men at the American prison in Guantanamo.

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Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces

The area of the brain that recognizes faces can use sound instead of sight. That recent discovery suggests facial recognition is so important to humans that it's part of our most basic wiring.

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Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Put To The Test At Amish Market

A woman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland said she'd love to make and sell Susan Stamberg's mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish. Naturally, Stamberg had to inspect the operation and try it out.

True Stories Of The Real 'Pioneer Girl'

November 21, 2014
Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American  writer and novelist, at age 27. Her "Little House" series is a beloved semi-autobiographical take on her childhood in the Western American plains. (South Dakota State Historical Society )

A big new look at the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the woman behind the Little House.

Iraq War Vet Wins National Book Award For Fiction

November 20, 2014
After serving as a U.S. Marine in Iraq in 2007 and 2008, Phil Klay came home and turned the experience into fiction. (philklay.com)

The judges described the short stories in Phil Klay’s collection “Redeployment” as brutal, piercing and sometimes darkly funny.

Guitarist Joe Perry On His ‘Life In And Out Of Aerosmith’

November 19, 2014
Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry (Courtesy Joe Perry)

Joe Perry talks with Radio Boston’s Sacha Pfeiffer about his new memoir, which chronicles the Allston-born band’s four decades together.

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

November 19, 2014
"A day's work ended," drawn by Matt Morgan, depicts African Americans bringing cotton in from a field in Alabama. The image was published in Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper in 1887. (Wikimedia Commons)

Edward Baptist argues in his new book that slavery was integral to establishing the America as a world economic power.

New Book Illustrates Life Of ‘Unschooling’ In Vermont

November 18, 2014
Ben Hewitt, who "unschools" his children in Cabot, Vermont. (Courtesy Shambhala Publications)

With unschooling, there’s no curriculum, no testing and minimal desk work. Instead, students “learn by living.”

How One Boston Civil Rights Activist Tried To Ban ‘The Birth Of A Nation’

November 18, 2014
Klansmen ride against the army of occupation in this scene from D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation" filmed in Hollywood, Calif., in 1914. (AP)

In 1915, Boston was ground zero in a fiery national debate over censorship, artistic freedom, racism and a nascent Civil Rights movement.

Outspoken Olympic Runner Nick Symmonds Pens Memoir

November 18, 2014
Nick Symmonds of the United States celebrates winning silver in the Men's 800 metres final during Day Four of the 14th IAAF World Athletics Championships Moscow 2013 at Luzhniki Stadium on August 13, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. (Mark Kolbe/AFP/Getty Images)

The track star has won his share of races, but he often gets as much attention for what he does off the track as what he does on it.

Texting And Driving: Are We Powerless To Change Our Ways?

November 18, 2014
Texting and driving: Polls show most people are against it. The same polls show many people still do it. (Lord Jim/Flickr)

A new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Matt Richtel chronicles the groundbreaking case of Reggie Shaw.

'A Brief History' Of 1970s Jamaica

November 17, 2014
A young couple decked out in "Jamaica" jackets stop at a display honoring reggae icon Bob Marley set up on the grounds of the national stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.

The 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley is the plot of a bright, new novel that’s getting rave reviews. We’ll talk with author Marlon James.

Meet The Man Behind Jon Stewart’s Film ‘Rosewater’

November 14, 2014
This is a photo of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari arrives for the BFI London Film Festival's premiere of 'Rosewater' at the Odeon West End in central London, on October 12, 2014. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Journalist Maziar Bahari’s memoir about being imprisoned in Iran is the basis for the ‘Daily Show’ host’s debut film.

Novelist William Gibson, Out With A New Sci-Fi Novel

November 13, 2014
Abandoned barn Sci-fi edit. (rollingsmoke/Flickr)

Gibson visits Radio Boston’s studio to talk about his new book, The Peripheral, and to reflect on the past, present and future.

Amazon And Hachette Reach Deal Over E-Books

November 13, 2014
In this photo, E-Books are seen on an ipad at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2013 on October 9, 2013 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. Brazil is the guest of honor of the 2013 book fair held from October 9 to 13, 2013. (Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images)

Amazon and the publisher Hachette have ended a bitter dispute over e-book revenue, after reaching a new multiyear contract this morning.

An American General Explains How We Lost In Iraq And Afghanistan

November 13, 2014
An Afghan police soldier walks past opium and narcotics set on fire during a drug burning ceremony on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP)

A three-star General on why we lost the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

How We Learned To ‘Capture’ Music

November 12, 2014
Cover of "Capturing Music: The Story of Notation" by Thomas Forrest Kelly (Courtesy W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.)

Harvard professor Thomas Forrest Kelly brings us the history of music notation in his new book, “Capturing Music.”

New Book Of Photos Captures ‘Dirty Old Boston’ Of 1940s To ’80s

November 12, 2014
Double parked even then! Hanover Street from Richmond Street to Prince Street, November 11, 1948. (Courtesy City of Boston)

Some of the most striking photos in “Dirty Old Boston” include double parking in the North End in the 1940s and plywood panels checker-boarding the Hancock Tower after its windows began to fall out in the 1970s.

Uncovering The Past Alongside Archaeologists

November 12, 2014
The lives of archaeologists may not be as glamorous as Indian Jones' life in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," but digging up ancient artifacts can be thrilling. (Tom Simpson/Flickr)

The lives of archaeologists may not be as glamorous as the movies, but digging up ancient artifacts can be thrilling.

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