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The Week In Politics: Progress On Upgrading VA Health System

Congress has a number of big pieces of legislation to deal with before leaving on its annual summer recess. The Highway Trust Fund, border security and the VA are all on the to-do list.

Morning Edition

When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution

The Supreme Court has been granting more rights to corporations, including some regarded as those solely for individuals. But Nina Totenberg finds the company-to-person shift has a long history.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill

Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border crisis.

'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials

Rep. Curt Clawson, a Republican from Florida, tells subcommittee witnesses from two U.S. agencies, "I'm familiar with your country; I love your country."

All Things Considered

As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter

There has been record low turnout among voters in the 2014 primaries so far. Is it political dysfunction that's made voters lose interest? And what might this mean for November's general elections?

All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Violence In Gaza And Paul Ryan's Anti-Poverty Plan

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss U.S. policy options in the Gaza Strip and Rep. Paul Ryan's anti-poverty plan.

All Things Considered

Central American Leaders Stop By White House To Talk Border Crisis

Central American presidents met with President Obama, discussing the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. So far, Obama has not seen eye to eye with Congress on possible solutions.

All Things Considered

Army War College Opens A Probe Into Sen. Walsh's Alleged Plagiarism

The U.S. Army War College has determined in a preliminary review that Sen. John Walsh of Montana appeared to have plagiarized his final paper to earn a master's degree. An investigative panel is reviewing the evidence.

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In A Luxury Apartment, Is A Separate 'Poor Door' Segregation?

New York City officials approved a plan for a separate entrance for low-income residents in a luxury building. Is the decision smart economics or discrimination? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful?

Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has a new plan to address poverty. Host Michel Martin talks with commentators Corey Ealons and Ron Christie about it and other political stories of the week.

Marking 100 Years Since The Start Of WWI

July 28, 2014
U.S. Secretary of War Newton D. Baker watches as wounded American soldiers arrive at an American hospital near the front during World War I. (AP Photo)

Marking the one hundredth anniversary of the start of World War One. We’ll look at lessons learned and lessons for now.

The Battle Over US Corporate Tax Inversion

July 28, 2014
This June 4, 2014 photo shows a Walgreens retail store in Boston. Walgreen Co. _ which bills itself as “America’s premier pharmacy” _ is among many companies considering combining operations with foreign businesses to trim their tax bills. (AP)

President Obama is pushing hard to close a loophole that allows companies to move their operations overseas and pay lower taxes. We’ll look at what’s at stake.

Prosecution Criticized For Strategy In O’Brien Trial

July 28, 2014
Robert DeLeo (Eric J. Shelton/AP)

The biggest question at the end of the federal racketeering trial of three former Massachusetts probation department leaders circled around the Speaker of the House, Robert DeLeo, and the government’s allegations that he was a central figure in the crimes committed by John O’Brien.

In Mass. Governor’s Race, A Patchwork Fundraising Map

July 27, 2014
Gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker faces reporters at his Swampscott home Thursday, as his wife Lauren looks on. (Steven Senne/AP)

Republican Charlie Baker is not only leading every other candidate in the fundraising race for governor, but his financial support is also deeper across a wider swath of Massachusetts than any of his rivals.

Lawmakers Enter Final Days Of Formal Sessions

July 26, 2014

The Massachusetts Legislature is entering the final days of formal meetings with a number of unfinished items still on the agenda.

Week In Review: Market Basket Protests, Federal Convictions, Anger Over Immigration Plan

July 25, 2014
Market Basket assistant managers Mike Forsyth, left, and John Surprenant, second from left, stand with employees in a show of support for Arthur T. Demoulas, the former chief executive of the supermarket chain, in Haverhill on Thursday. (AP)

Our news roundtable goes behind the week’s headlines.

Patrick Signs Parole Eligibility For Juvenile Murderers

July 25, 2014

A three-tiered system of parole eligibility for juvenile murderers in Massachusetts will be established under a law signed Friday by Gov. Deval Patrick.

Mass. GOP Sees Political Fallout From Probation Verdict

July 25, 2014

Republicans hoping to loosen the Democratic party’s tight grip on state government say the verdict in the probation department trial points to the dangers of one-party dominance in Massachusetts.

Crisis On The Border Comes To The White House

July 25, 2014

President Obama meets today with leaders from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to discuss the immigration issue.

News Roundtable: From Immigration To Israel/Gaza Crisis

July 25, 2014
A U.S. Border Patrol agent prepares to take an unaccompanied Salvadorian minor, 13, to a processing center after he crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and immigrant families have crossed illegally into the United States this year and presented themselves to federal agents, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Bloomberg News’ Margaret Talev and the BBC’s Paul Danahar join us for a look at this week’s key news stories.

Week In The News: Kerry To Israel, Mixed Messages On Obamacare, MH 17 Investigation

July 25, 2014
Pallbearers carry a coffin out of a military transport plane during a ceremony to mark the return of the first bodies, of passengers and crew killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, from Ukraine at Eindhoven military air base, Eindhoven, Netherlands, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP)

Secretary of State Kerry to Israel. Obamacare back in the courts. Mourning as remains of Malaysia Flight 17 victims come home. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Gov. Patrick’s Offer To House Unaccompanied Immigrants Sparks Debate

July 25, 2014

From Lynn to Bourne, it has been a passionate and polarizing week for immigration issues.

Israel Under Siege

July 25, 2014
Barry Shrage: "No nation anywhere can be expected to tolerate assaults on its citizens, and Israel has every right to defend itself vigorously and decisively." Yerechmiel Steinberg looks at the damages of his home after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants in Gaza landed in the southern town of Sderot, Thursday, July 3, 2014. Israeli military carried out airstrikes on the Gaza Strip after Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel early Thursday. The Israeli military said the air force struck 15 "terror sites" in Gaza. "The targets included weapons manufacturing sites as well as training facilities," a military spokesman said. (Tsafrir Abayov/AP)

No nation anywhere can be expected to tolerate assaults on its citizens, and Israel has every right to defend itself vigorously and decisively.

history has shown that Hamas is an implacable enemy sworn to Israel’s destruction.

‘Send Them The Hell Back’: Emotions High On Housing Immigrant Children In Mass.

July 24, 2014
Christian Gonzalez, 9, of Lynn, Mass., displays a placard during a rally, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, on the steps of City Hall, in Lynn, held to protest what organizers describe as the scapegoating of immigrants for problems in the city. The mayor of Lynn and education officials complain their schools are being overwhelmed by young Guatemalans who speak neither English or Spanish as their first language. Gonzalez, a U.S. citizen, was born in Boston. (AP)

We look at the backlash against Governor Patrick’s plan to temporarily house unaccompanied children from Central America in Massachusetts.

Hillary Clinton: ‘The [Russian] Reset Worked’

July 24, 2014
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) to launch a community campaign to encourage parents to talk, sing and read to their young children in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton took time out of her global book tour to talk to us about Russia, the press and the global crises shaking the administration she left two years ago.

Mass. Agencies To Address Problem Gambling

July 24, 2014

State gambling regulators have signed an agreement with the state’s health and human services agency to address problem gambling.

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