A former NPR Moscow bureau chief, Michele Kelemen now covers the State Department and Washington's diplomatic corps. Her reports can be heard on all NPR News programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

In her latest beat, Kelemen has been traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton before him, tracking the Obama administration's broad foreign policy agenda from Asia to the Middle East. She also followed President Bush's Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell and was part of the NPR team that won the 2007 Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the war in Iraq.

Conflict In Libya
3:54 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

President Obama Praises Libya's Political Transition

President Obama meets with Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, chairman of the Libyan Transitional National Council, at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday.
Allan Tannenbaum-Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 7:20 pm

President Obama met Libya's interim leader Tuesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly and held up the country as a model of what the U.N. can do to protect civilians from atrocities.

Obama also pledged continued support and encouraged Libya's new leaders to keep their promises to forge a just, democratic society.

Libyan rebels have yet to find ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi and fighting continues in the country. Still, Obama went to the meeting with a hopeful message.

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The Two-Way
3:43 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Is Another Shutdown Showdown Looming In Washington?

The Capitol building.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 3:49 pm

Less than two months after nearly shutting down the federal government as they argued over the best way to reduce the budget deficit, there's word that Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are again at odds and that another shutdown showdown is possible.

Politico reports that:

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The Two-Way
3:36 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

VIDEO: Oops, Or How A $1.5M Ferrari Ends Up In The Ocean

A Ferrari goes for a swim.
screenshot thepatrickweir

Today, the Canadian press picked up on a video that seems to have been making the rounds on car sites for a few days. Here's how the Toronto Sun introduces it:

Zahir Rana wanted to give spectators at the Targa Newfoundland rally a show they'd never forget — he did just that after putting a $1.5 million Ferrari into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Middle East
3:20 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

The Palestinian Bid And The Possible Outcomes

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (left) meets U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the U.N. on Monday. Abbas says he will apply for Palestinian statehood after he addresses the General Assembly on Friday.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 5:10 pm

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says he will submit his formal request for Palestinian statehood and U.N. membership on Friday, immediately after addressing the General Assembly.

This has already touched off intense diplomatic wrangling, and even more is expected in the weeks and months that follow.

"I don't remember any event in the last 25 to 30 years where it was so difficult to predict what will happen," says Yoram Peri, director of the University of Maryland Institute for Israel Studies.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:44 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

FDA Confirms Source Of Cantaloupe Contamination

A label to look for when choosing cantaloupe. These melons were recalled by Jensen Farms.
FDA Flickr

There's closure in the investigation of a multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to cantaloupes.

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The Two-Way
2:15 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

What A Bright Idea: 'A Liter Of Light' For The Poor

That's a bottle of water shining brightly.
A Liter of Light

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 2:20 pm

A BBC report this week about a project in the Philippines that has brought virtually free light to dark homes in some of that country's poorest neighborhoods brightened our day so much that we went looking to find out more.

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The Two-Way
2:13 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Report: FBI Counterterrorism Trainings Paint Muslims As 'Violent' And 'Radical'

Qurans are pictured during a press conference at the a Mosque outside London on Friday.
Benn Stansall AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 2:35 pm

For the past week, Wired's Danger Room has been following a thread on how the FBI trains its agents on the subject of Islam. It started last week, when the national security blog obtained presentation materials that painted Muslims as a whole with the broad brush of violence and terrorism.

Here's how Wired introduced its first piece:

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1:19 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

Quays Focus 'Weeping Glass' On The Mutter Museum

The Quay Brothers, filming Through The Weeping Glass at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. The Quays started filming without a script or a storyline.
Edward Waisnis Behind the Scenes with the Quay Brothers

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

The notion of "beauty" can mean many different things to artists. For the Brothers Quay — identical-twin filmmakers — it often means dimly lit black and white images of animated dolls, screws, cogs — any manner of inanimate object brought to life. They're so good at it that fellow filmmaker Terry Gilliam called the Quays' Street of Crocodiles one of the best animated films of all time.

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The Two-Way
1:04 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

U.S. Tests Early Warning System For Earthquakes

Anthony Guarino Jr., a seismic analyst at the California Institute of Technology, demonstrates an early earthquake warning system in Pasadena, Calif.
Reed Saxon AP

Originally published on Tue September 20, 2011 2:55 pm

A few seconds doesn't seem like much, but scientists say an early detection system that gives the public five, 10, up to 40 seconds of warning before an earthquake could save lives.

The AP reports today that the United States is working on a system that does just that:

After years of lagging behind Japan, Mexico and other quake-prone countries, the U.S. government has been quietly testing an earthquake early warning system in California since February. ...

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