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‘Romney Was Right: Big Bird Heads to HBO’

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Did Romney have it right? Another source of funding for Big Bird had to be found. HBO stepped in but also stepped on a lot of sentiment. Continue


How Katrina changed the laws about evacuating pets

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It's estimated that thousands of people refused to evacuate New Orleans in advance of Hurricane Katrina for one reason: they weren't willing to leave their dogs or cats behind. Continue


Biden Weighs White House Run, Trump Spars With Media

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The declared Democratic presidential candidates spoke to party leaders in Minneapolis this week. As frontrunner Hillary Clinton takes on the Republican field, Bernie Sanders pushes his populist appeal, and Martin O'Malley pushes back at the DNC's debate plan. But speculation in Democratic circles continues to surround Joe Biden who is openly considering jumping into the race for the White House. Continue


Have charter schools left out some New Orleans students?

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Ten years ago, New Orleans public schools were headed for academic rock bottom. And then Hurricane Katrina came, a disaster so devastating that it offered the rare opportunity to start over. Charter schools, empowered to take over, have raised test scores and graduation rates. But some say that success comes from bending the rules. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports. Continue


George W. Bush honors New Orleans educators

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Former President George W. Bush returned to New Orleans, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina, to praise the city's recovery and resilience in a speech at a charter school. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue


Wiped out by Katrina, church carries on in a living room

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The Mount Nebo Bible Baptist Church in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. As members of the neighborhood slowly return, Rev. Charles Duplessis leads church services and bible study in his own living room, hoping someday to rebuild. Continue


TTC Extra: Antiquated Policies

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At a rally in Ohio, democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton compared the stance republican candidates are taking on women to that of a terrorist organization. Stating that their beliefs stem from a post-modern era. Continue


Katrina exposed ‘deeper tragedy’ of inequality, says Obama

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In New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, President Obama commemorated the 10th anniversary of the costliest natural disaster in American history. Praising the city's resilience, the president also acknowledged the failure of government to look out for its vulnerable residents. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue


Court overturns minimum wage exclusion for SeaTac workers

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In SeaTac, Washington, home of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, citizens voted in 2013 to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But airport businesses challenged the law in court, excluding 5,000 or so workers from receiving the increased benefits. Now the state Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the employees. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports. Continue


News Wrap: Islamic State suicide bomb kills 2 Iraqi generals

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In our news wrap Thursday, an Islamic State militant killed two Iraqi generals and three soldiers in a suicide bombing. Also, stocks in China rebounded after a six-day slump triggered by concerns over the health of the Chinese economy. Continue


'I just miss home': Two stories of life after Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina displaced hundreds of thousands of residents of New Orleans and many never returned. For the past decade, filmmaker Rennick Soholt has followed the lives of several families who fled. This video was produced by Soholt, the director of the forthcoming documentary feature, “Forced Change.” Continue


Politics of Mockery & Hair, Biden's Role Selling Iran Deal

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As the slow build to Election Day 2015 continues, the Summer campaign swings have turned to hair. Republican candidate Donald Trump pulled a stranger up on stage during a campaign appearance this week to prove to the audience that his famous hair is not in fact a toupee. And Democrat Hillary Clinton, who has spent decades in the national spotlight, can relate to the hair scrutiny. Continue


News Wrap: Over 300,000 have made Mediterranean crossing

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In our news wrap Friday, the United Nations refugee agency announced that more than 300,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Europe. That number does not include the 2,600 who have died on the journey. Also, a federal appeals court ruled that an NSA surveillance program that collect telephone data of Americans can continue for the next few months. Continue


Shields and Brooks on Biden’s presidential pondering

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Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including whether Vice President Joe Biden will join the 2016 presidential race, whether Hillary Clinton has stumbled as a frontrunner and why Sen. Bernie Sanders still seems like a long shot despite drawing huge crowds. Continue


PBS NewsHour full episode August 28, 2015

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Friday on the NewsHour, more than 70 migrants smuggled into Europe meet a deadly end. Also: Debating how well the New Orleans charter schools help all students succeed, questions about sexual consent among teens, Shields and Brooks analyze the week’s news and how a congregation came together in a preacher’s living room after their New Orleans church was destroyed. Continue


Death toll rises for desperate refugees, migrants in Europe

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It was another deadly day amid the growing refugee crisis in Europe. Hundreds are feared dead just off the coast of Libya, and the number of victims found in the back of a truck in Austria has risen to more than 70. Lindsey Hilsum of Independent Television News visits a refugee camp in Austria. Continue


Prep school rape trial raises questions about teen consent

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Nineteen-year-old Owen Labrie, a former student at a prep school in New Hampshire, was accused of raping a freshman girl in 2014, but a jury cleared him of felony rape, convicting him on other lesser charges. Jeffrey Brown discusses the case and the idea of sexual consent with Deborah Tuerkheimer of Northwestern University School of Law and Emily Bazelon of The New York Times Magazine. Continue


Wendell Pierce helps rebuild his New Orleans neighborhood

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Wendell Pierce is perhaps best known for his acting roles on “The Wire” and “Treme.” Lately, he’s taken on a different kind of role, as community rebuilder. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Pierce invested time, money and art into to bringing back the neighborhood where he grew up. Ten years later, Jeffrey Brown accompanies Pierce for a look at his home that has not only survived but thrived. Continue


Rwandan tech startup helps farmers get their milk to market

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Twenty years since a genocide devastated the country, Rwanda has made a remarkable recovery and a new generation sees entrepreneurship, empowered by technology, as its patriotic duty. The NewsHour’s P.J. Tobia reports in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Continue


When a shooter's violent video goes viral

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A shocking, televised murder in Virginia has provoked a wide array of questions about the shooter and how horrific images go viral online. Gwen Ifill speaks with Deborah Potter of NewsLab, Lance Ulanoff, chief correspondent and editor-at-large at Mashable, and Barry Rosenfeld of Fordham University. Continue


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