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Russian Democracy Activist Says Nemtsov's Death A Major Turning Point

The murder of high-profile Russian democracy activist Boris Nemtsov has sent a chill through the Russian pro-democracy movement, says Leonid Gozman. The longtime reform proponent tells NPR's Melissa Block he sees Nemtsov's death last week as a major turning point.

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Justice Department To File Corruption Charges Against Sen. Menendez

The Justice Department plans to file corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., alleging that he did political favors for a friend and donor.

Source: Justice Dept. Prepares To Charge N.J. Sen. Menendez With Corruption

It is alleged that the Democrat did political favors for a friend and donor. It is not clear how long it will take for actual criminal charges to emerge, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports.

Live Chat: Justice Department's Ferguson Policing Report

At 4pm E.T., NPR's Justice Correspondent Carrie Johnson and St. Louis Public Radio's Emanuele Berry answer questions on Reddit about the DOJ's report on discriminatory policing in Ferguson, Mo.

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Administration Fights Case That Would Assign Lawyers To Minors Seeking Asylum

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors are moving through immigration courts without legal representation. An ACLU lawsuit calls for the government to provide them with lawyers.

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House Panel Questions Gen. Campbell About Readiness Of Afghan Force

Congress wants to know whether the U.S. military tried to hide problems with the Afghan military force. Afghans are leading the fight against the Taliban — with U.S. troops mostly in the background.

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'Zionist Union' Party Creates A Stir In Israeli Elections

The opposition to Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party in the Israeli elections calls itself the "Zionist Union" as it looks to claim the country's middle-ground voters.

Hillary Clinton Asks State Dept. To Release Her Emails To The Public

The State Department says it will review thousands of messages for possible release. Clinton announced her intentions Wednesday, after a House panel issued a subpoena for some of the emails.

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Clinton's Private Email Server Has Advantages, Vulnerabilities

While many of those messages are tucked away from the prying eyes of the public, it's not clear they are well-protected from hackers.

House Approves Amtrak Funding, Rewrites Rules To Allow Furry Riders

The bill freezes funding at current levels for four years and lets some pets ride the rails with their owners. It also separates the high-ridership Northeast Corridor from the rest of the system.

Week In Review: Tsarnaev Trial, Gamergate, Baker’s Budget, Tommy Chang

March 6, 2015
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We’re talking about the opening of the Tsarnaev trial, the controversy over Gamergate and PAX East, Charlie Baker’s budget, and the new Boston school superintendent.

Scott Walker Lays Groundwork For White House Bid

March 6, 2015
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker acknowledges the crowd after his speech at the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) February 26, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Marti Mikkelson of WUWM reports on the ups and downs of the Wisconsin governor’s early path to a presidential campaign.

Private Email Servers Become Presidential Campaign Issue

March 6, 2015
Both Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush were found to be using personal e-mail addresses during their time in government positions. (Win McNamee/Alex Wong/Getty Images)

John Heilemann discusses the implications of the using personal e-mail addresses for governmental work.

Port City Of Mariupol Plays Key Role In Ukraine Crisis

March 6, 2015
Ukrainian servicemen ride atop armored vehicles with Ukrainian flags, on the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. (Evgeniy Maloletka/AP)

If there is an attack on Mariupol in the coming days or weeks, it’s not clear how the population of the city will react.

How Safe Are U.S. Diplomats?

March 6, 2015
In this handout image provided by The Asia Economy Daily newspaper, the man identified as Kim Ki-jong is being arrested at the site where U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert was attacked on March 5, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea. Ambassador Lippert was attacked with a razor blade by a man at a venue where he was going to give a lecture. The attacker reportedly identified himself as a representative for a watchdog organization of the disputed island Dokdo/Takeshima. (The Asia Economy Daily via Getty Images)

After the attack on Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, we speak with a former ambassador about security.

Week In The News: Netanyahu's Speech, Hillary's Email And Obamacare At Court

March 6, 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves as he speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Since Republicans took control of Congress two months ago, an elaborate tug of war has broken out between GOP lawmakers and Obama over who calls the shots on major issues for the next two years. (AP)

Netanyahu’s speech. Hillary Clinton’s email. Obamacare back at the high court. A stunning start to the Boston Marathon bombing trial. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Baker, Healey Join Filings Of Pro-Gay Marriage Briefs

March 6, 2015
Gov. Charlie Baker (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The high court is scheduled to hear a case on April 28 that could decide whether same-sex couples can marry nationwide.

Gov. Baker Gives First Interview Since Unveiling Budget

March 5, 2015
Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker gestures as he unveils his 2016 budget proposal. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Wednesday, Gov. Charlie Baker presented his proposal to close a state budget gap that could be as high as $1.8 billion.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner On Policing And Ferguson

March 5, 2015
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey (right) listens while U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press, after meeting with members of his Task Force on 21st Century Policing, March 2, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Commissioner Charles Ramsey, who co-chaired the White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing, discusses Ferguson and policing.

Increase In Military Spending Makes China's Neighbor's Uneasy

March 5, 2015
J-10 fighter jets of the Bayi Aerobatic Team of PLA's (Peoples Liberation Army) Air Force perform during a flight at the Airshow China 2014 in Zhuhai, south China's Guangdong province on November 11, 2014. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Anthony Kuhn explains why the 10 percent rise in spending is causing worry, and why it could actually help curb corruption.

Commuter Rail Operator Apologizes For Poor Performance This Snowy Winter

March 5, 2015
Commuters wait on the platform in Salem as an MBTA commuter rail train arrives Tuesday morning. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Keolis, the company that runs the MBTA’s commuter rail service, took out a full page ad in The Boston Globe on Thursday to issue a mea culpa to riders for its poor performance this winter.

Racial Bias In Ferguson, And Beyond

March 5, 2015
A car passes a memorial for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson last summer, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Ferguson. A Justice Department investigation found sweeping patterns of racial bias within the Ferguson police department, with officers routinely discriminating against blacks by using excessive force, issuing petty citations and making baseless traffic stops, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the report.  (AP)

The big Justice Department report finds a pattern of racial bias in the Ferguson Police Department. Now what? We’re back in Ferguson – and beyond — for answers.

Gov. Baker Releases His First Budget Proposal

March 4, 2015

The $38 billion proposal calls for a few spending increases, but for the most part keeps funding level for most state programs while reigning in spending growth.

Gov. Baker’s Budget Calls For Cuts

March 4, 2015
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker makes a phone call to check on road and traffic accident conditions while attending the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015. (AP)

Gov. Charlie Baker has released his budget for the fiscal year beginning in July and it contains some steep spending cuts, made necessary by a $1.5 billion gap.

Boehner Not The First House Speaker To Face Rebellion

March 4, 2015
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill on February 26, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Republicans have a history of rebellion against their speaker; Democrats not so much. We dig into the history with Joshua Spivak.

As An Activist, How Do You Cover Immigration As A Journalist?

March 4, 2015
'Documented' director Jose Antonio Vargas poses following a panel discussion at the 17th Annual Savannah Film Festival on October 31, 2014 in Savannah, Georgia. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)

NPR’s David Folkenflik discusses #EmergingUS and how news organizations have walked the line between activism and journalism.

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