Politics
3:02 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Consumer Protection Iffy, Despite Nominee Approval

Richard Cordray was approved by the Senate Banking Committee to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But Senate Republicans have vowed to filibuster nominees if there aren't changes to the agency.

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President Obama said Thursday that Bank of America and other financial institutions are using new consumer protections as an excuse to charge new fees.

"I mean, basically the argument they've made is, 'Well, you know what, this hidden fee was prohibited, and so we'll find another hidden fee to make up for it,' " he said at a news conference.

What could help consumers? The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Obama says. The Senate Banking Committee on Thursday approved his nominee to head the new consumer advocacy agency.

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Law
3:01 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Holder Takes Heat Over 'Fast And Furious' Scandal

Old hands in Washington know it's never a good sign when the president of the United States has to make a statement like this one.

"I have complete confidence in Attorney General Holder, in how he handles his office," President Obama told reporters at a news conference Thursday. "He has been very aggressive in going after gun running and cash transactions that are going to these transnational drug cartels."

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Music
3:00 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

ESPN No Longer Plans To Use Hank Williams Song

ESPN is parting ways with Hank Williams Jr. The network will no longer use his signature song "All My Rowdy Friends," to introduce Monday Night Football.

Architecture
3:00 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Assessing National Cathedral's Damage After Quake

Guy Raz talks to Joseph Alonso, head stonemason at the Washington National Cathedral, about the damage the building suffered from the Aug. 23 earthquake.

NPR Story
3:00 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Nazaryan: Americans Don't Deserve Literature Nobel

Guy Raz, talks with Alexander Nazaryan about his rant in Salon.com, excoriating the American literary world. He explains that Americans don't deserve a Nobel Prize because their work is too interior. Nazaryan is on the editorial board of The New York Daily News.

NPR Story
3:00 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Jobs Admirers Converge On Apple Stores

Across the world, admirers of Apple Computers are constructing impromptu shrines outside Apple Stores. Guy Raz hears from people in Santa Monica, Calif., and Washington, D.C., about what Apple means to them.

The Two-Way
2:45 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

TCU Bolts Big East To Stay Closer To Home In Big 12

With its jump to the Big 12 conference, Texas Christian University continues a game of musical chairs in college sports.

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Originally published on Thu October 6, 2011 5:11 pm

With college sports conferences realigning themselves as if they were inspired by the Human Centipede horror films, another twist has emerged today, with Texas Christian University opting to leave the Big East — a conference it had not yet formally joined — in favor of the Big 12.

The move is sure to unsettle the Big East, which has already lost Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the Atlantic Coast Conference. There are also rumblings that the University of Connecticut is interested in leaving for the ACC, as well.

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It's All Politics
2:24 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

All Aboard Cain Train: Man With 9-9-9 Plan Is Latest GOP Darling

It's Herman Cain's moment.

The surprise winner of Florida's recent GOP presidential straw poll has been featured on Page 1 of the New York Times.

He's met with Donald Trump and sat down with The Wall Street Journal and the women of "The View."

He earned Gallup's highest candidate "positive intensity" score of this campaign season.

And is enthusiastically hawking a new memoir (Herman Cain! My Journey to the White House) that's zooming up the bestseller lists.

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Music Interviews
2:13 pm
Thu October 6, 2011

Radiohead: Everything In Its Right Place

Thom Yorke at Radiohead's Sept. 28 concert at Roseland Ballroom in New York.

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Radiohead's first hit, "Creep," was everywhere in 1993. The band could have reacted as many other modern-rock acts did in the '90s: by repeating the same old sound, album after album, before fading into the background. Instead, the group made each record a reinvention, from the spare and haunting Kid A to In Rainbows, which sounded, well, sexy. It's all helped make Radiohead one of the most inventive and important bands in the world.

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