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Wed July 20, 2011
Economy

MIT Professor Discusses Mortgage Deduction Reform

Robert Siegel talks with William Wheaton, a professor of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, about the home mortgage interest deduction. It's one of the tax breaks being considered for reform under a budget plan proposed by a bipartisan group of senators known as the "Gang of Six."

1:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Space

Congressional Support Impacts How NASA Spends

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ROBERT SIEGEL, host: When the shuttle Atlantis makes its final orbits of the Earth tonight, it's carrying four astronauts, some trash from the space station, and a load of congressional politics.

As NPR's Peter Overby reports, Capitol Hill has always been deeply involved in NASA's activities, and sometimes seem to regard NASA as a jobs program, as well as a space program.

PETER OVERBY: Before Atlantis went up on this final flight, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the future of NASA. Among the witnesses...

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1:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
Europe

Cameron Defends Integrity Before British Parliament

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to defend his integrity Wednesday as Parliament debated the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World. The opposition wanted to know why Cameron had hired a former editor at the newspaper as his media adviser — a man who left the paper because of the scandal and who has since been arrested by police. Cameron defended his decision and refused to apologize amid rowdy scenes in the House of Commons.

1:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
World

FBI: Pakistan Spent Millions To Influence U.S. Politics

The FBI has made public documents showing Pakistan's army and intelligence agency have spent millions in recent years trying to influence U.S. policy, in part by donating to political candidates.

1:00pm

Wed July 20, 2011
National Security

FBI Tries To Send Message With Hacker Arrests

The 14 people arrested Tuesday in a crackdown on the Anonymous hacking group are not suspected of having links to criminal gangs, terrorist networks or foreign governments. They are alleged only to have participated in attacks on PayPal's website, after that company cut off payments to WikiLeaks.

But the FBI was determined to go after them anyway.

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