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'Up First' Podcast: Republicans' Options For Health Care

Republican senators rejected a plan to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act. They're now looking at a so-called "skinny repeal," which would remove some key parts of Obamacare.

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

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Palestinians Cheer Israel's Removal Of Security Measures At Historic Mosque

Jerusalem's mufti Mohammed Hussein has declared an end to recent protests, saying Muslims will again pray inside the Al Aqsa Mosque after Israeli police security equipment from its entrance.

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Politics

What's Next In The Health Care Debate?

Senators have narrowed their options and are likely to move on a "skinny repeal" that takes away some key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, leaving the rest intact.

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Ohio State Fair Ride Malfunction Kills One Person, Critically Injures Others

Columbus fire officials say some of those injured were thrown from the ride. Gov. John Kasich has ordered all fair rides shut down until they can be inspected.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, seen here at a news conference last month, is being nominated by President Trump to be an ambassador for religious freedom. John Hanna/AP hide caption

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Kansas Gov. Brownback To Be Nominated Ambassador For Religious Freedom

He tweeted, "Religious Freedom is the first freedom." If confirmed, he'll leave office with critics unhappy at the effect of tax cuts he championed, but others supportive of his conservative policies.

Venezuelans began blocking deserted streets Wednesday as the opposition held a two-day strike opposing President Nicolas Maduro's planned vote for a new Constituent Assembly. A banner reading "The Constituent Is Hunger," is seen in Caracas' Petare neighborhood on Wednesday. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Venezuelans Strike, U.S. Announces Sanctions Against Maduro

The sanctions target 13 current or former officials from President Maduro's government, freezing their U.S. assets and preventing Americans from doing business with them.

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After A Year In Space, The Air Hasn't Gone Out Of NASA's Inflated Module

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module was pumped up after it arrived at the International Space Station in 2016. NASA says it's doing well in the harsh environment.

After A Year In Space, The Air Hasn't Gone Out Of NASA's Inflated Module

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Book Reviews

New Chester Himes Biography Reveals A Life As Wild As Any Detective Story

Fresh Air

Lawrence P. Jackson's biography tracks the writer's course from prison to published novelist. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Himes' life story is well worth reading.

New Chester Himes Biography Reveals A Life As Wild As Any Detective Story

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Arts & Life

Honey, They Shrunk The World: NYC Exhibition Lets You Tour A Tiny Globe

The miniature models of Gulliver's Gate represent places in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. They're populated by tiny people, pint–size penguins and bitty cars that move.

Honey, They Shrunk The World: NYC Exhibition Lets You Tour A Tiny Globe

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