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1:56 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Are Democrats Reaching On Latest 'War On Women' Claim?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington last week.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The latest skirmish in the so-called war on women has to do with, of all things, interest rates on student loans. More specifically, the effort by House Republicans to offset the cost of a federal student loan bill by cutting funding from a $15 billion preventive health fund included in the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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The Two-Way
1:46 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Suicide Attack In Somalia Kills Seven, Including Politicians

A suicide bomber killed seven people, including three Somali lawmakers in Dusamareb today. Reuters reports that al Shabaab — the Islamic militant group — took responsibility.

Reuters adds:

"While suicide bombers sent by al Shabaab militants have struck government targets and African Union troops in the capital Mogadishu often in recent years, such attacks are rare in central Galgadud region.

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Science
1:20 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things

Adam Cole/NPR

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

Enron, Worldcom, Bernie Madoff, the subprime mortgage crisis.

Over the past decade or so, news stories about unethical behavior have been a regular feature on TV, a long, discouraging parade of misdeeds marching across our screens. And in the face of these scandals, psychologists and economists have been slowly reworking how they think about the cause of unethical behavior.

In general, when we think about bad behavior, we think about it being tied to character: Bad people do bad things. But that model, researchers say, is profoundly inadequate.

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Afghanistan
1:09 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Facing Death, Afghan Girl Runs To U.S. Military

Afghan women pass U.S. soldiers near Bagram Air Base outside Kabul in 2010. While conditions for Afghan women have improved over the past decade, but they still face many restrictions, as well as abuses like honor killings.
Joel Saget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 8:44 am

In a remote part of Afghanistan early last year, a girl was sentenced to death. Her crime was possession of a cellphone. Her executioners were to be her brothers. They suspected her of talking on the phone with a boy. The girl, in her late teens, had dishonored the family, her brothers said.

"My older brother took the cellphone from me and beat me very badly. It was dinnertime. They told me that they would execute me after dinner. They said to me this would be my last meal," says "Lina," a pseudonym.

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The Two-Way
1:00 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Obama In Afghanistan On Surprise Visit

President Barack Obama is greeted by Lt. Gen. Curtis "Mike" Scaparrotti, and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker as he steps off Air Force One at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan earlier today (Tuesday, May 1).
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 4:54 pm

One year to the day after announcing to the world the death of Osama bin Laden, President Obama is in Afghanistan, the nation from which the al-Qaida leader and his followers planned and organized the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The news of the president's unannounced trip was confirmed just before 3 p.m. ET. Obama is scheduled to deliver a televised address aimed at Americans this evening at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:54 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

What's On Facebook's Mind? Organ Donation

If Facebook has anything to do with it, more organs will be making their way to patients in need.
Frank May Landov

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 10:02 am

Have you signed up to donate your organs if something happens to you? Are you willing to share that information online with your friends, family and acquaintances?

Facebook execs think you might. And they reckon shared stories about the decision to become an organ donor might spur others to do the same.

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The Two-Way
12:53 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

After Helping A Homeless Vet, An Unexpected Holiday Card

Veteran James Brown relaxes in his apartment, which he recently moved into after spending decades on the streets.
Pam Fessler NPR

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 1:41 pm

A recent NPR story about homeless veterans brought a remarkable email from listener Gary Bressick, who runs an insurance agency in Los Angeles. The story focused on one veteran, James Brown, who had just moved into his first apartment after living on the streets for most of the previous three decades.

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The Two-Way
11:55 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Study: Less Religious Are More Motivated By Compassion Than Highly Religious

Are religious people more moved by compassion than those who described themselves as less religious or non-religious?

A group of scientists at the University of California, Berkeley set out to answer that question and what they found would surprise some: In three experiments, the social scientists found that the less religious were more generous when presented with situations that stimulated their compassion, which the scientists defined as "an emotion felt when people see the suffering of others which then motivates them to help, often at a personal risk or cost."

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The Two-Way
11:02 am
Tue May 1, 2012

'Incredible' Race: America's Lopez Lomong Sets 2012 World Record [VIDEO]

In his first race at the 5000-meter distance, runner Lopez Lomong set a 2012 world record. But the American also ran into some unusual trouble late in the race. This file photo shows Lomong at the 2008 Olympics.
Clive Rose Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 1:07 pm

The sports world is brimming with talk about Lopez Lomong, the American runner who set a 2012 world best in the men's 5,000-meter race in California Sunday. It was Lomong's first race at that distance (just over 3 miles), which he covered in 13 minutes and 11.63 seconds. But the race took a very unusual turn in its final laps.

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The Two-Way
10:48 am
Tue May 1, 2012

May Day Protests Underway In U.S., Worldwide

Two members of Occupy Oakland join striking Golden Gate Bridge, bus and ferry workers at the Larkspur Ferry Terminal in Larkspur, Calif on Tuesday.
Eric Risberg AP

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 3:52 pm

From Brazil to England, from Morocco to Paraguay, May Day protests are on their way.

Here in the United States we're seeing protests in both coasts from New York to Los Angeles.

Here's how The Wall Street Journal set up the protests in Manhattan:

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Middle East
9:54 am
Tue May 1, 2012

View From The Arab World: Bin Laden Failed

It's been a year since U.S. special forces entered Abbottabad, Pakistan and killed Osama bin Laden. Host Michel Martin looks at the impact bin Laden's life and death had on the Arab world with journalist and policy analyst Rami Khouri. He says bin Laden tried to play on Arab anger, and failed.

National Security
9:54 am
Tue May 1, 2012

After Bin Laden's Death, Are We Safer?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. A year ago today, U.S. Special Forces launched a secret mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, so we thought it appropriate to spend the first part of our program today getting different perspectives on what the death of bin Laden has meant to the security of the United States and the world.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:38 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Alcohol And Health Insurance Don't Always Mix

A bottle of beer, seen on the the roof of a car at a DUI checkpoint in Miami, can create snags for health insurance coverage of accident care in some states.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

In more than half of the country, if you get injured while you're under the influence of alcohol, health insurers can refuse to pay for your medical care.

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Tue May 1, 2012

'There's A Wild And Crazy Man' Inside Mitt Romney, His Wife Says

Ann and Mitt Romney, on March 20, celebrating his win in the Illinois primary.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 9:50 am

She wants the nation to know that "there's a wild and crazy man" inside Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential contender's wife said on CBS This Morning earlier today.

"I still look at him as the boy that I met in high school when he was playing all the jokes and really just being crazy, pretty crazy," Ann Romney added.

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The Two-Way
8:53 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Five 'Anarchists' Arrested For Allegedly Plotting To Blow Up Ohio Bridge

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 1:24 pm

The FBI announced this morning that it "has arrested five people on terrorism charges, accusing them of planning to blow up a bridge near Brecksville, Ohio," our colleagues at WKSU report.

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The Salt
8:43 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Eternal Yogurt: The Starter That Lives Forever

To make yogurt with an heirloom starter, add freeze-dried starter or a spoonful of yogurt to fresh milk.
Bill Hogan MCT/Landov

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 11:06 am

If you make your own yogurt, there's a chance your yogurt could outlive you.

That's because some bacteria that grow and feed on the sugar in milk – the process that ferments milk into yogurt — can procreate indefinitely in new generations of yogurt.

But not all yogurts have these immortal powers. The typical store-bought yogurt only carries a few strains of bacteria that have been isolated by scientists. Those bacteria on their own can't regenerate very long — maybe just for a generation or two.

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The Two-Way
8:17 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Gingrich Says Goodbye To 2012 Campaign In New Video

Newt Gingrich.
Marianne Todd Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 8:41 am

Saying he wants to give his supporters "an insider advanced notice that on Wednesday I'll be officially suspending the campaign," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich uses a video this morning to take another step on his way out of the 2012 Republican presidential campaign.

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The Two-Way
7:58 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Norwegian Swimming Star Dies In Arizona

Gold medalist Alexander Dale Oen of Norway with his medal at last July's World Championships in Shanghai.
Feng Li Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 2, 2012 4:44 am

Swimming star Alexander Dale Oen, one of Norway's top gold medal hopes in the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in London, died Monday at his hotel near a training facility in Flagstaff, Ariz.

The 26-year-old world champion in the 100-meter breaststroke suffered an apparent heart attack, according to Norway's Olympic Committee.

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The Two-Way
7:18 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Looking Back: How The World Quickly Learned About Bin Laden's Death

Iconic image: President Barack Obama and members of his national security team as they monitored the mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden.
Pete Souza White House

One year ago today, we learned that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had been located and killed by U.S. Navy SEALs at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

There's no shortage of stories and news related to that event, including these:

-- "After Bin Laden, Al-Qaida Still Present As Movement." (NPR's Dina Temple-Raston, on Morning Edition.)

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It's All Politics
6:56 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Adviser: Romney's VP 'Short List' Could Contain 20 Names

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns with Sen. Kelly Ayotte on Monday in Portsmouth, N.H. A 43-year-old freshman senator, Ayotte is among those under consideration as a vice presidential running mate, according to a Romney adviser.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 7:49 am

If history holds, Mitt Romney is still months away from announcing a vice presidential running mate on the Republican ticket. But he continues to make appearances with those who could be on the so-called short list.

Or in Romney's case, it may still be a rather long list.

On Monday, Romney campaigned with freshman Sen. Kelly Ayotte, the 43-year-old former state attorney general, in her home state of New Hampshire.

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Shots - Health Blog
6:38 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Lighter Weights Can Still Make A Big Fitness Difference

Try taking some weight off in your workout.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 11:30 am

Here's good news for geezers — or for merely middle-aged folks — who'd like to stay fit and independent far into their later years.

You don't have to lift heavy weights to build muscle strength. Lifting lighter weights can be just as effective if you do it right, and you're much less likely to hurt yourself, researchers say.

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The Two-Way
6:02 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Afghan Soldiers' Attacks On U.S. Troops Not Being Fully Reported, AP Finds

A soldier from the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division on patrol in southern Afghanistan. (October, 2010, file photo.)
Chris Hondros Getty Images

An Associated Press investigation has concluded that the U.S. military and its allies in Afghanistan have been "under-reporting the number of times that Afghan soldiers and police open fire on American and other foreign troops."

According to the wire service:

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Europe
5:55 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Netherlands Celebrates Queen Beatrix

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Around the Nation
5:51 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Calif. City Debates Location Of Stone Head

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The Two-Way
5:33 am
Tue May 1, 2012

New Facebook Status Lets You Share Whether You're An Organ Donor

A new status option.
Facebook.com

In a bid to encourage its members to become organ donors, Facebook just announced that "starting today, you can add that you're an organ donor to your timeline, and share your story about when, where or why you decided to become a donor."

Also, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg write, "if you're not already registered with your state or national registry and want to be, you'll find a link to the official donor registry there as well."

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Africa
5:07 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Conflict Simmers Between Sundan, South Sudan

South Sudan is the country that voted to break away from Sudan. They've been jostling for control of border zones, including oil fields. And just as the two sides were sitting down to negotiate, fighting broke out.

National Security
4:47 am
Tue May 1, 2012

White House Official Acknowledges Drone Strikes

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The president's counterterrorism chief, John Brennan, made another statement yesterday. He argued that drone strikes to kill militants are legal.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Brennan's remarks were unusual. It's rare that the administration mentions drones at all. Yesterday, Brennan chose to say that the missile strikes by unmanned aircraft which take place in countries like Yemen and Pakistan fit within international law.

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Europe
2:37 am
Tue May 1, 2012

British Parliament To Issue Report On Phone-Hacking Scandal

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 5:26 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene. Over the course of more than 60 years in the media business, Rupert Murdoch has earned a reputation as a blunt-spoken businessman who comes out swinging. Well today, British parliamentarians didn't pull their punches against him. They released the findings of an investigative panel that spent months looking into the illegal phone-hacking practices at Murdoch's News of the World, the now-closed British tabloid.

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Asia
2:37 am
Tue May 1, 2012

China Suppresses Coverage Of Two News Stories

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 8:05 am

Two stories out of China — the escape of a blind dissident from house arrest and the corruption scandal involving a top politician and his family — have attracted international attention. But inside China, the picture is different. The government has successfully suppressed the story about the dissident, Chen Guangcheng, such that most Chinese have never even heard of him. The Communist Party has waged a smear campaign against the fallen official, Bo Xilai, whom citizens see as a loser in a power struggle, a corrupt politician or both.

Author Interviews
2:37 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Caro Writes Alone Among Bookshelves, Filing Cabinets

Originally published on Tue May 1, 2012 4:59 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

The writer Robert Caro has spent about 35 years writing about President Lyndon Johnson and he still isn't done. As we heard on the program yesterday, Caro has come out with his fourth book on Johnson's life.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Years ago, one reviewer noted that Caro's research was so exhaustive that his book on Johnson's youth in Texas described the average annual rainfall in the Texas hill country in the years before Johnson was even born.

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