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It's All Politics
10:47 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Rumors Of The Donald's Demise May Be Greatly Exaggerated (Or At Least Premature)

Donald Trump has landed in controversy since getting into the Republican race for the presidential nomination, but he has only seen his standing increase.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 3:27 pm

Some said it was the End of The Donald, others the Beginning of the End.

Republican officials and professionals called it the moment when the Trump house of cards had begun its inevitable tumble. Many in the media agreed.

But was it so, or are we in Washington, the political-professional establishment, missing again what we have missed before?

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Shots - Health News
10:21 am
Tue July 21, 2015

IRS: 7.5 Million Americans Paid Penalty For Lack Of Health Coverage

The IRS released preliminary figures that show about three-quarters of taxpayers indicated they had qualifying health insurance in 2014.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 3:48 pm

About 7.5 million Americans paid an average penalty of $200 for not having health insurance in 2014 — the first year most Americans were required to have coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday.

By contrast, taxpayers filing three-quarters of the 102 million returns received by the IRS so far this year checked a box indicating they had qualifying insurance coverage all year.

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NPR History Dept.
10:13 am
Tue July 21, 2015

12 Lost American Slangisms From The 1800s

Bathers at the beach, 1897.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 1:53 pm

Phrases phase in and out of everyday usage. Especially in the global hodgepodge that is American English. Sometimes, however, there are phrases forgotten that perhaps should be sayings salvaged.

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The Salt
9:59 am
Tue July 21, 2015

Tea Sommeliers Are The Hot New Thing In Food Pairing

Christopher Day, the dining room manager at Eleven Madison Park, is also the man behind its tea program. "My goal has always been to put together a tea list with the same standard and rigor as you would with wine," he says.
Kathy YL Chan for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 1:01 pm

Even those of us who can't tell the difference between a pinot noir and a merlot are probably familiar with the basic rule of wine pairing: white wine with fish and red wine with steak. But when it comes to tea pairings, we're stumped.

Yet it turns out there is an art to unlocking new flavors in your food by pairing it with tea. Sipping oolong with a buttery, citrusy madeleine can highlight the flowery and milky notes of the tea, while a hot cup of green tea melts the texture of goat cheese and enhances its creamy notes.

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Shots - Health News
9:06 am
Tue July 21, 2015

How Sporty Is Your Sport?

Ben Arthur for NPR

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 3:47 pm

When it comes to sports, there seems to be something for everyone.

There are team sports and activities you can do alone. There's exercise that requires equipment, or none at all.

But how much benefit you get from each one depends on a lot of factors, including how much you weigh, how long you play and the intensity of the activity.

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