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A Conservative Firebrand From The Start, Ted Cruz Always Had A Plan

Long before Cruz was the Texas senator commandeering the Senate floor, he was a teenager reciting conservative, free-market ideology.

Kids Books Feature Famous Figures As Children

Brad Meltzer is known for his political thrillers, but he also writes kids books about real-life people like Rosa Parks and Amelia Earhart.

John Adams Wanted Independence Day On July 2, Not July 4

The Founding Father believed July 2, 1776, was the really the big day – the day the Continental Congress voted for independence.

How China's Stock Plunge Is (And Isn't) Like The 2008 Financial Crisis

Some experts say it's the inevitable bursting of the Chinese economic bubble, but officials in China suspect foreign manipulation.

A Cherished Synagogue Prepares To Close

After serving the Jewish community in Revere, Massachusetts, for 103 years, Congregation Tifereth Israel is closing.

FBI Issues Terror Alert Ahead Of July 4th Holiday Weekend

Seth Jones of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at Rand, discusses why law enforcement issued the alert.

The Return Of Ebola In Liberia

Three new cases of the deadly virus have been found in Liberia, two months after the country was declared Ebola-free.

Not Your Typical Summer Reading List

NPR Books editor Petra Mayer and Cleveland poet and bookstore owner R. A. Washington share their picks.

A New Look At America's Founding

Historian Joseph Ellis's latest book takes us beyond the Declaration of Independence, to what happened after the war ended.

Two Years After Arizona's Deadliest Fire, A Small Town Continues To Heal

The tiny town of Yarnell, about 80 miles north of Phoenix, was so devastated by the fire, people wondered if it would ever recover.