Economy
4:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Mortgage Rates Hit Record Low

Mortgage rates are now below 4 percent. The average 30 year fixed rate loan is at an all time low. But high unemployment, weak consumer confidence, and tougher standards for getting credit, are keeping many Americans from buying homes.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Pakistani Doctor Who Helped CIA May Face Treason Trial

Originally published on Fri October 7, 2011 10:55 am

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LYNN NEARY, host: It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Lynn Neary. Steve Inskeep is away.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host: And I'm Renee Montagne.

When the U.S. tracked down and killed Osama bin Laden in his hiding place in northwest Pakistan, it chose to keep the Pakistani army and its intelligence service in the dark about that mission. The fact that Pakistan was caught with the world's most wanted man living within walking distance of a premiere military academy humiliated and angered many in the country.

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NPR Story
4:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Remembering How Steve Jobs Changed The Design World

Apple's Steve Jobs, who died this week after battling a rare form of pancreatic cancer, didn't just change technology. Lynn Neary learns more about the profound legacy Jobs leaves behind on the world of design from John Maeda, president of the Rhode Island School of Design.

NPR Story
4:00 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Obama Wants Wall Street Protesters To Back His Jobs Plan

Loosely-organized protests that began on Wall Street last month have now spread to other cities across the country. President Obama says he understands the frustration conveyed by prostesters. He's trying to channel public anger with Wall Street into support for his own financial policies.

Middle East
3:55 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Palestinians Feel Effects Of Frozen U.S. Aid

Palestinian protesters hold anti-U.S. placards during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Oct. 4 following the U.S. decision to cut off aid funds to the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas Momani AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 11:45 am

The Obama administration is urging Congress to rescind a decision blocking some aid to the Palestinians.

The congressional decision to put a hold on $200 million of aid money was prompted by the Palestinian Authority's bid for statehood recognition at the United Nations — something both the administration and Congress oppose. The funding cut is already having an impact in the Palestinian territories.

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Herman Cain
12:01 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Can Herman Cain Keep It Going?

Businessman and GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has been taking advantage of his recent rise to fame. Since he won the Florida straw poll late last month, he is everywhere: appearing on Sunday talk shows, promoting his new book and taking every opportunity to try to maintain his momentum.

People like the way he talks. His frank, motivational style has come out in GOP debates and in speeches.

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Politics
12:01 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Some Latinos See Obama 'Betrayal' On Immigration

Last summer, immigration rights activists in Los Angeles gathered for a rally calling on the government to act on immigration overhaul legislation. Strong Latino support helped President Obama win in 2008, but his support among those voters is slipping.

Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

President Obama came into office with strong Latino support, having won two-thirds of the Latino vote, according to exit polls. But for some, that support has turned to disillusionment.

"There's a deep sense of betrayal and disappointment towards the Obama administration," said Sarahi Uribe, coordinator of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.

Indeed, the latest Gallup poll shows his support among Latino voters has fallen to 48 percent, a new low.

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Rick Perry
12:01 am
Fri October 7, 2011

For Rick Perry, A Restless Life On The Farm

Rick Perry's parents still live on Farm Market Road 618.

Don Gonyea NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:21 am

Second in a series

Rick Perry first won public office in 1984, when he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. In that and in every campaign since, he has run as a man shaped by his time working a dryland farm.

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Economy
12:01 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Does The Economy Need A Little Inflation?

Though most central bankers hate inflation, policies that promote inflation may boost the U.S. economy, some economists say.

Ken Rogoff, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, says the Federal Reserve's efforts to boost growth haven't worked and the central bank needs to be more forceful.

"They need to be willing, in fact actively pursue, letting inflation rise a bit more," says Rogoff, who is now a professor at Harvard. "That would encourage consumption. It would encourage investment. It would bring housing prices into line."

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Author Interviews
12:01 am
Fri October 7, 2011

'Gardener' Gives 'Heirloom Life' To Forgotten Flora

The Yokohama squash was first introduced to North America around 1860 by James Hogg of Yorkville, N.Y. after his brother, Thomas, sent him the seeds from Japan.

Jeremiah C. Gettle and Emilee Freie Gettle Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. LLC

As a child growing up on his family's farm in the 1980s, Jere Gettle didn't spend his evenings watching TV; instead, he read seed catalogs. To him, the endless varieties of seeds with exotic sounding names were full of possibility. He loved the idea of planting them in the ground, tending the crops that grew from them and preparing the harvested vegetables for a family meal.

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