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The Two-Way
1:42 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

The Bush Tax Cuts: Obama's Surrogates Add Confusion To Democratic Position

Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers speaks during a discussion about tax codes and revenue hosted by the Brookings Institute on May 3 in Washington.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 3:32 pm

Did Larry Summers, the president's first National Economic Council director, just become the second Obama surrogate to stray from the talking points and endorse an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts?

Those tax cuts, which the Obama administration has said it will not extend for the very rich, are due to expire at the end of the year. Along with deep cuts in government spending scheduled to take place at the same time, many have called the end of the year a "fiscal cliff" that would plunge the economy back into recession.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:39 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Commenters Bite Back On The Paleo Diet

Vlad Averbukh, 29, a follower of the paleo diet, eats raw meat along the Hudson River in New York in 2010. (Averbukh did not weigh in on our blog post on the paleo diet.)
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 1:52 pm

Our post on the paleo diet moving from the CrossFit gym to the doctor's office generated a robust discussion here in our comments section (and on NPR's Facebook page).

Readers batted around the relative merits of the paleo diet, how to interpret Paleolithic man's short lifespan and the meaning of evolutionary medicine, among other issues.

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The Two-Way
1:24 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Delta CEO Pushes For National Airline Policy That Lets 'Free Market Work'

A traveler walks by a Delta Airlines skycap kiosk at San Francisco International Airport.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 7:29 pm

"Airlines are expecting a banner year," NPR's Yuki Noguchi is due to report on All Things Considered later today.

More planes are flying with full passenger loads, as any frequent flier will tell you. Mergers have helped cut costs. Ticket prices are up. Airlines are charging fees for bags. Fuel costs have eased a bit.

In these relatively good times, what does an airline CEO want?

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Remembrances
12:46 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

The Curious Life Of Futurist Author Ray Bradbury

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Some sad news this morning: The world has lost a literary giant. Author Ray Bradbury died last night after a long illness. He was 91 years old. He wrote such classics as "The Martian Chronicles" and "Fahrenheit 451" - futuristic tales from a man who never used a computer, or even drove a car. NPR's Arnie Seipel has more on Bradbury and his curious life.

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

Barbara Walters Apologizes For Trying To Help Assad Aide

Barbara Walters attends the "Today" show 60th anniversary celebration at the Edison Ballroom in New York in January.
Evan Agostini AP

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 1:18 pm

The television journalist Barbara Walters apologized yesterday after leaked emails showed that she offered to help an aide to Syrian President Bashar Assad land a job in the U.S. after the aide helped Walters secure an interview with the despot.

The AP reports:

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Remembrances
12:22 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

'Fahrenheit 451' Author Ray Bradbury Dies At 91

Ray Bradbury's career spanned more than 70 years — during which he transported readers to other dimensions with his futuristic and innovative stories. He died Tuesday at age 91.
Lennox McLendon AP

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 8:17 pm

Ray Bradbury, author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, died Tuesday. He was 91. Bradbury was known for his futuristic tales — but he never used a computer, or even drove a car.

Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Ill., in 1920 and grew up during the Great Depression. He said it was a time when people couldn't imagine the future, and his active imagination made him stand out. He once told Fresh Air's Terry Gross about exaggerating basic childhood fears, like monsters at the top of the stairs.

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It's All Politics
12:06 pm
Wed June 6, 2012

California Primary Sets Up Same-Party U.S. House Contests In November

A voter marks her ballot in the California primary in Sacramento on Tuesday.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 1:17 pm

California's new truly open primary held Tuesday could result in single-party matchups in November for eight of the state's 53 U.S. House seats.

While some results remained unofficial Wednesday morning, five congressional districts were certain to have Democrat-vs.-Democrat races on Nov. 6, while a sixth looked likely; two districts could have Republican-vs.-Republican contests.

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Election 2012
11:54 am
Wed June 6, 2012

What Do Tuesday's Results Mean For November?

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 1:54 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, a lot of famous people have gotten in trouble for being reckless with the social media tool Twitter, but now the skilful use of the delete key may not be enough to save them if they are running for office or are already a member of Congress. We'll find out why in just a few minutes.

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Technology
11:54 am
Wed June 6, 2012

The Deleted Tweets Of Politicians Find A New Home

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 1:54 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, could raising the retirement age help preserve Social Security? A new study suggested that actually might not work, and could also significantly hurt blue-collar workers. We'll talk about that in just a few minutes.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:52 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Independent Grades For Hospitals Show Quality Could Be Better

Hospitals that muff patient safety avoided F's for now, but a new independent grading system will hand those out before long.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 4:23 pm

The cities of New York and Los Angeles grade their restaurants on cleanliness and the precautions they take to avoid making customers sick.

Now hospitals are getting similar assessments for their patient safety records from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit that's looking to improve the quality and safety of health care.

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The Two-Way
10:57 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Ray Bradbury, Author Of 'Fahrenheit 451' And Other Classics, Dies

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury in 2000.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 11:45 am

  • Bradbury on writing 'Fahrenheit 451'

Author Ray Bradbury has died, his daughter tells The Associated Press. The wire service says Bradbury passed away Tuesday night.

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The Two-Way
10:21 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Nearly 6.5 Million LinkedIn Passwords Reportedly Stolen

LinkedIn

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 3:55 pm

"Our team is currently looking into reports of stolen passwords," the business networking website LinkedIn confirms, after word of a Russian hacker's claim to have stolen nearly 6.5 million users' passwords.

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The Two-Way
9:50 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Drop In Productivity Paints 'Mixed Picture'

The Associated Press takes a traditional view of the news that American workers' productivity fell more than first thought in the first quarter.

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The Two-Way
9:26 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Ho-Hum: Dull And Boring Are Now A Pair

The signs tell the story.
Facebook.com

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 11:32 am

Boring, Ore., took not-so-bold action Tuesday night.

The town in Clackamas County is now in an "unofficially official pairing" with tiny Dull, Scotland.

Yes, Dull and Boring have joined forces. As they were destined to.

According to The Oregonian, there was a unanimous vote — of the 38 residents who attended a Boring planning board meeting — to form this "Pair for the Ages," as T-shirts on sale in Boring declare.

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The Two-Way
8:18 am
Wed June 6, 2012

'Little Worry' At Federal Reserve About Another Recession, 'WSJ' Says

Job seekers lined up at a jobs fair in Portland, Ore., earlier this year.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 8:39 am

Midway through a Wall Street Journal story today about whether the Federal Reserve will do something in coming weeks to give the economy a boost is this eye-catching line:

"There is little worry at the Fed of a new recession."

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It's All Politics
8:11 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Seven Ways Wisconsin's Recall Vote May Matter To You

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 4:15 pm

For weeks now, we in the news business have been telling you how much the Scott Walker recall election in Wisconsin matters to the country as a whole.

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The Two-Way
7:48 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Suicide Bombers Strike In Afghanistan; More Than 20 Civilians Killed

An Afghan man inspects a motorcycle used in today's suicide attack near Kandahar.
AFP/Getty Images

At least 22 people were killed and another 50 wounded in southern Afghanistan today when three suicide bombers blew themselves up in a market near the Kandahar Air Field used by U.S. and coalition forces.

Most of the victims were Afghan civlians, officials tell the BBC.

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Pop Culture
7:44 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Muppet's Elmo Campaigns To Carry Olympic Torch

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Eight thousand people will carry the Olympic torch before it reaches London to open the summer games, though one would-be torch barer isn't even human. He's a small red fuzzy monster.

KEVIN CLASH: (As Elmo) Elmo's ready to start training to be a monster torch-bearer. Yay. Oh, oh, Cramp, cramp.

Around the Nation
7:33 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Clouds Block Florida Crowd's View Of Venus

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

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The Two-Way
7:14 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Win For Wisconsin's Walker Seen As Blow For Democrats, Boost For The GOP

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) after his victory Tuesday.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 7:50 am

  • NPR's Don Gonyea, reporting on 'Morning Edition'

Now that it's over and Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has easily defeated a recall attempt, the morning-after analyses are in. There's a common theme:

-- Walker's win "is a stinging blow" to President Obama's re-election chances, says National Journal's 2012 Decoded blog.

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The Salt
5:03 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Road Brew: How To Make Hooch With Tunisian Date Juice (Or Try)

Filling up on legmi by the side of the road
John Poole NPR

Originally published on Wed June 6, 2012 6:26 am

Over the next couple of weeks, NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep is taking a Revolutionary Road trip across North Africa to see how the countries that staged revolutions last year are remaking themselves.

Inskeep and his team are traveling some 2,000 miles from Tunisia's ancient city of Carthage, across the deserts of Libya, and on to Egypt's megacity of Cairo.

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Business
4:29 am
Wed June 6, 2012

States End Extended Benefits Despite Dismal Economic Outlook

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

So far this year, 25 states have ended the Extended Benefits program. That program made sure people out of work for long periods of time continued receiving financial assistance. But there was a catch: if a state's unemployment rate improved, the money would stop flowing. The fact that some states are seeing lower unemployment may seem like a good sign for the economy. It's no comfort to the people who are still out of work.

Susie An from WBEZ in Chicago has that story.

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Business
4:29 am
Wed June 6, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And our last word in business this morning is: litigious days.

(SOUNDBITE OF "HAPPY DAYS" THEME SONG)

MONTAGNE: That, of course, is the theme from "Happy Days," the hit sitcom from the 1970s and '80s. These days, not everyone is so happy. Several cast members from the show are battling with CBS and Paramount, for unpaid royalties.

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Europe
4:29 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Baltic States Embrace Eurozone

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Here a couple of the more alarming warnings coming out of the eurozone this week. Greece says it could go broke by July. Spain says it probably can't raise money from investors because they're demanding interest rates that are too high.

Despite all these troubles, one country is still eager to join the eurozone: Latvia. In fact, all three Baltic States remain supportive of the euro.

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Business
4:29 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Spain's Industrial Output Falls In April

Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 12:07 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with yet another setback for Spain.

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