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2:43pm

Fri June 12, 2015
Monkey See

How 'Silicon Valley' Tells Broad Truths From An Insular World

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 4:12 pm

Zach Woods, T.J. Miller, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, and Martin Starr.
Frank Masi HBO

HBO's Silicon Valley ends its second season Sunday night with a finale I have seen and will warn you is so tense that I actually skipped forward a little bit at one point. That's how suspenseful I found it. And remember: it's a comedy.

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11:09am

Fri June 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Dealing Blow To Obama, Efforts To Pass Trade Plan Fail In The House

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 1:14 pm

President Obama walks with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi as he visits Capitol Hill on Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Dealing a big blow to President Obama's agenda, the House of Representatives failed to pass a key element of a package of bills that would have given Obama the ability to fast-track a trade deal with Pacific Rim nations.

The House began by voting on a bill that would provide funding for training Americans who would lose their jobs because of the trade deal. Failing to attract enough Democratic votes, the body rejected the measure by a large margin.

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9:44am

Fri June 12, 2015
The Two-Way

Big Change Yields Small Change As Zimbabweans Turn In Their Trillions

Originally published on Sat June 13, 2015 9:13 am

An old one hundred trillion Zimbabwean dollar note on top of a pile of other old Zimbabwean notes of various denominations in Harare, Thursday. Starting next week, Zimbabweans will be able to exchange their trillions for up to $5 U.S.
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi AP

In Zimbabwe, even the trillionaires are struggling to make ends meet.

But that is about to change as the government begins a phasing out of the massively hyperinflated Zimbabwean dollar in favor of a multi-currency regime involving mainly a mix of U.S. dollars and South African rand that, in any case, has been the de facto norm since 2009.

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6:26am

Fri June 12, 2015
Around the Nation

Dallas City Council Repeals Plastic Bag Fee

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 7:30 am

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5:11am

Fri June 12, 2015
Politics

Hillary Clinton To Address Economic Issues In Campaign Speech

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 7:30 am

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5:10am

Fri June 12, 2015
Politics

Skeptical House Democrats Still Not Sold On Trade Pact

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 7:30 am

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5:03am

Fri June 12, 2015
The Salt

Organic Farmers Call Foul On Whole Foods' Produce Rating System

Originally published on Sun June 14, 2015 3:20 pm

Whole Foods says its new rating system is a way to talk to farmers and customers about issues that the organic rules don't encompass, like water, energy, labor and waste.
Dan Charles NPR

Nobody really likes to be graded. Especially when you don't get an A.

Some organic farmers are protesting a new grading system for produce and flowers that's coming into force at Whole Foods. They say it devalues the organic label and could become an "existential threat."

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3:27am

Fri June 12, 2015
Shots - Health News

Health Insurance Premiums Will Go Up In 2016, But By How Much?

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 10:20 am

Some health insurance companies are asking for big price increases next year, and that has again riled critics of the federal health care law. But early analysis shows those steep hikes may not affect the majority of consumers.

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8:21pm

Thu June 11, 2015
The Two-Way

Some Answers To Your Questions About California Water Use

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 10:17 pm

Drought-stricken California hopes to save some water by not serving it to restaurant patrons who don't ask for it. Other water-conservation measures aren't so straightforward.
Paul Sancya AP

As California endures its fourth year of drought, water restrictions are taking effect across the state. On April 1, Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order implementing a mandatory 25 percent water cutback in cities and towns across the state from 2013 usage levels. It took effect June 1.

Brown's executive order, and the hundreds of other water guidelines throughout the state, can be confusing. NPR asked listeners what questions they have about California water restrictions. We took those questions to experts to get to the bottom of what all these rules actually mean.

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7:07pm

Thu June 11, 2015
The Two-Way

IRS Announces Effort To Fight Fraudulent Tax Returns

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 8:09 pm

The Internal Revenue Service, hoping to reduce the number of fraudulent tax returns filed each year, says it's partnering with several tax preparation and software firms in an effort to protect taxpayers.

The initiative, announced by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, will include steps the IRS believes will better authenticate the identity of taxpayers and the information included on tax return submissions.

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