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5:10pm

Mon June 24, 2013
U.S.

Among Conservatives, Concerns Grow Over New School Standards

Tea Party members protest Common Core in Ocala, Fla., in April. The new educational standards, adopted by almost all the states, are the object of a growing conservative backlash.
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"Common Core" is one of the biggest phrases in education today. To many educators and policymakers, it's a big, exciting idea that will ensure that America's students have the tools to succeed after graduation.

But a growing number of conservatives see things differently.

For years, states used their own, state-specific standards to lay out what K-12 students should be learning, for everything from punctuation to algebra. But those standards varied wildly, so the Common Core replaces them with one set of national standards for math and English language arts.

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5:10pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Environment

Congress Not Likely To Pass Sweeping Climate Legislation

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And now to an issue that lawmakers are not spending a lot of time debating: climate change. Tomorrow, President Obama will lay out a strategy to address the problem, using executive powers. It's an admission that's sweeping climate legislation stands little chance of passing Congress as NPR's Jennifer Ludden reports.

JENNIFER LUDDEN, BYLINE: Aides say Mr. Obama's plan includes limiting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. The reaction from House Speaker John Boehner was blunt.

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3:44pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Law

George Zimmerman's Murder Trial Begins In Florida

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 5:10 pm

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From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

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3:44pm

Mon June 24, 2013
National Security

NSA Leaker Sets Sights On South America, But Why Ecuador?

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 5:10 pm

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The U.S. continues its cat and mouse game with the man who confessed to leaking NSA secrets, Edward Snowden. After spending the last few weeks in Hong Kong, Snowden caught a plane to Moscow this weekend, and he's believed to still be in Russia. But his exact whereabouts are uncertain. The U.S. has urged Russia not to let Snowden leave.

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3:44pm

Mon June 24, 2013
From Our Listeners

Vacation Horror Stories: Accidental Drug Dealer

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 5:10 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

Once again, we invite a fellow listener to take you on a bad trip in the segment that we call Vacation...

(SOUNDBITE OF SCREAM)

SIEGEL: ...Horror Stories.

GABRIELLE PASCOE: My name is Gabrielle Pascoe. I live in Hollywood, California. I was working for a dotcom that kind of - well, it laid off the entire staff. And so I decided to go to Thailand.

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