Monday, January 31, 2011

Uprising, 'Great Migration' Offer Lessons In Dignity

In her weekly commentary, host Michel Martin kicks off the program's February series focused on Black History Month. She notes the similarities between uprisings in the Middle East and the so-called "Great Migration" of 5 million Southern blacks in the U.S. fleeing to other parts of the nation.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/31/133374809/What-Uprisings-Really-Say-About-The-Human-Condition?ft=1&f=1004

Dent, Charles W. Deutch, Theodore E. Diaz-Balart, Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario Dicks, Norman D.

The Weekly Standard: Obama Won't Pull A Clinton

Last week, many had a lukewarm reaction to President Obama's State of the Union speech. In the aftermath, William Kristol of The Weekly Standard wonders if Obama will be able to make a comeback for reelection similar to President Clinton's in 1996, and argues that it doesn't seem likely.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/31/133369605/the-weekly-standard-obama-wont-pull-a-clinton?ft=1&f=1057

Baca, Joe Bachmann, Michele Bachus, Spencer Baird, Brian Baldwin, Tammy

City's Legal Battle Turns Harsh Light On Russian Law

A group of citizens in the southern Russian city of Astrakhan say they've fallen victim to their country's corrupt judicial system. They blame a series of deadly fires on government officials, saying the city was desperate to destroy their homes to reclaim coveted land. They brought their complaints to court. Now, the only people who may land in prison are them.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/31/133381246/Residents-Of-Russian-City-Decry-Corrupt-Judicial-System?ft=1&f=1004

Farr, Sam Fattah, Chaka Filner, Bob Flake, Jeff Fleming, John

Egypt's Uprising From An Exile's Point Of View

Dr. Saad Ibrahim, a long-time Egyptian human rights and democracy advocate, speaks with Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep about the unfolding protests in Egypt.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/31/133369166/Egypts-Uprising-From-An-Exiles-Point-Of-View?ft=1&f=1004

Adler, John H. Akin, W. Todd Alexander, Rodney Altmire, Jason Andrews, Robert E.

Watching Egyptians Find Their Footing

Protests have broken out across Egypt this week, with demonstrators demanding an end to the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak. Commentator David Faris says that recent events in the Middle East have reintroduced Egyptians to the power of citizen revolt.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/30/133302283/watching-egyptians-find-their-footing?ft=1&f=1057

Farr, Sam Fattah, Chaka Filner, Bob Flake, Jeff Fleming, John

Foreign Policy: All Eyes On A Fateful Day In Egypt

On Friday, the protests breaking out on the streets of Egypt took a turn for the worse. Marc Lynch of Foreign Policy argues that the Obama administration must take a stance on this immediately, since the unfolding events affect the United States' position in the region.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/28/133306317/foreign-policy-all-eyes-on-a-fateful-day-in-egypt?ft=1&f=1057

Guthrie, Brett Gutierrez, Luis V. Hall, John J. Hall, Ralph M. Halvorson, Deborah L.

Report: Iraq's Security At Risk Without Aid

The semiannual report by the special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction also cites data by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad showing that the nation's government, economy, legal systems and basic services like electricity and water remain unstable.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/31/133354336/report-iraqs-security-at-risk-without-aid?ft=1&f=1004

Berry, Marion Biggert, Judy Bilbray, Brian P. Bilirakis, Gus M. Bishop, Rob

WH Quietly Exempts Politicos from ObamaCare

Milton Wolf, Wash Times
If you would like to know what the White House really thinks of Obamacare, there’s an easy way. Look past its press releases. Ignore its promises. Forget its talking points. Instead, simply witness for yourself the outrageous way the White House protects its best friends from Obamacare.Last year, we learned that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had granted 111 waivers to protect a lucky few from the onerous regulations of the new national health care overhaul.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/01/30/wh_quietly_exempts_politicos_from_obamacare_249633.html

Johnson, Henry C. \\\"Hank\\\'\\\' Jr. Ackerman, Gary L. Aderholt, Robert B. Adler, John H. Akin, W. Todd

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The New Republic: The U.S. Could Learn From Finland

In his State of the Union address, Obama talked about raising the standards for education in the United States. Samuel E. Abrams of The New Republic argues that perhaps Finland could teach the U.S. a thing or two in about education reform.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/28/133301331/the-new-republic-the-u-s-could-learn-from-finland?ft=1&f=1057

Halvorson, Deborah L. Hare, Phil Harman, Jane Harper, Gregg Hastings, Alcee L.

Violinist Joshua Bell Plays On The Street Again

Host Scott Simon notes that when violinist Joshua Bell's concert in Bethesda, Md., was cancelled this week because of a winter storm, Bell showed up in the lobby of the theater and played a bit for the disappointed patrons.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/29/133327953/Violinist-Joshua-Bell-Plays-On-The-Street-Again?ft=1&f=1003

Bishop, Rob Bishop, Sanford D. Jr. Bishop, Timothy H. Blackburn, Marsha Blumenauer, Earl

Loss Of Solar Jobs Has Mass. Rethinking State Aid

A solar panel manufacturer's decision to move its factory to China means the loss of 800 jobs in Massachusetts. The state gave the company many incentives. But officials say the federal government needs to play a stronger role in keeping manufacturing jobs in the U.S.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/28/133249970/loss-of-solar-jobs-has-mass-rethinking-state-aid?ft=1&f=1007

Graves, Tom Grayson, Alan Green, Al Green, Gene Griffith, Parker

Egypt Crisis Changes U.S. Hopes

The crisis in Egypt has a range of implications for U.S. objectives in the region. Host Liane Hansen talks with Martin Indyk, the vice president and director of foreign policy at Brookings who previously served as U.S. ambassador to Israel.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/30/133348372/Egypt-Crisis-Changes-U-S-Hopes?ft=1&f=1014

Eshoo, Anna G. Etheridge, Bob Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. Fallin, Mary Farr, Sam

Mubarak Rose To Rule From Earlier Egyptian Unrest

Host Scott Simon and NPR's Peter Kenyon, who was stationed in Cairo for six years, discuss Hosni Mubarak's long and controversial rule in Egypt.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/29/133327941/Mubarak-Rose-To-Rule-From-Earlier-Egyptian-Unrest?ft=1&f=1014

Davis, Geoff Davis, Lincoln Davis, Susan A. DeFazio, Peter A. DeGette, Diana

With 2012 Near, Obama Focuses on Economy

Peter Wallsten, Wash Post
Less than three months since his party's major election losses, President Obama has presided over a West Wing makeover designed to help him keep a sharp focus on economic issues heading into his 2012 reelection campaign, while drawing clear lines of distinction with newly empowered Republicans.The full rollout of Obama 2.0 began last week with a State of the Union address that called for more spending to spur jobs and keep up with global competitors, followed by a string of key staffing changes in the senior ranks of a White House that has been criticized as too insular and slow...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/01/30/with_2012_near_obama_focuses_on_economy_249611.html

Cardoza, Dennis A. Carnahan, Russ Carney, Christopher P. Carson, André Carter, John R.

Foreign Policy: Scramble To Silence Cairo Protests

Protests have engulfed Egyptian cities this week, challenging the rule of President Honsi Mubarak, who has been in power for 30 years. Maryam Ishani of Foreign Policy has a dispatch from Cairo. She says that activists are frustrated with the government, which has shut off all internet connection.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/28/133306415/foreign-policy-scramble-to-silence-cairo-protests?ft=1&f=1057

Bean, Melissa L. Becerra, Xavier Berkley, Shelley Berman, Howard L. Berry, Marion

Japan?s PM calls for peace in Egypt (Reuters)

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Bachmann, Michele Bachus, Spencer Baird, Brian Baldwin, Tammy Barrett, J. Gresham

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Financial Crisis Inquiry Missing Bottom Line

Joe Nocera, New York Times

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/01/29/financial_crisis_inquiry_missing_bottom_line_249605.html

Holden, Tim Holt, Rush D. Honda, Michael M. Hoyer, Steny H. Hunter, Duncan

An Earlier Departure Out Of Africa?

A cache of stone tools found in the United Arab Emirates suggests that modern humans may have left Africa earlier ? and via a different route ? than previously thought. Anthropologist Will Harcourt-Smith describes the finding and how it may change thinking on human origins.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/28/133306345/An-Earlier-Departure-Out-Of-Africa?ft=1&f=1007

Crenshaw, Ander Critz, Mark S. Crowley, Joseph Cuellar, Henry Culberson, John Abney

Foreign Policy: How We Can Win The Invention Race

If you watched the State of the Union this week, you probably heard President Obama speaking of America's need to "win the future" by improving innovation through a greater investment in research and the sciences. But Adam Segal of Foreign Policy argues that our nation's system for producing actual innovation needs to be improved before we start pouring money into it.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/28/133297705/foreign-policy-how-we-can-win-the-invention-race?ft=1&f=1057

Bishop, Sanford D. Jr. Bishop, Timothy H. Blackburn, Marsha Blumenauer, Earl Blunt, Roy

Field of Ghosts (Poliblogger.com)

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Ellison, Keith Ellsworth, Brad Emerson, Jo Ann Engel, Eliot L. Eshoo, Anna G.

Paul Ryan and his media base (Washingtonmonthly.com)

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Ellsworth, Brad Emerson, Jo Ann Engel, Eliot L. Eshoo, Anna G. Etheridge, Bob

Voices From Egypt

Melissa Block speaks to a human rights activist, university professor and journalist in Egypt about the protests that have spread across Egypt.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/28/133311389/Voices-From-Egypt?ft=1&f=1004

Garrett, Scott Gerlach, Jim Giffords, Gabrielle Gingrey, Phil Gohmert, Louie

The Weekly Standard: Imagining Egypt During Bush

On Thursday night, Vice President Joe Biden stated on PBS "NewsHour" that Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president who has inspired the civil unrest in recent days, is not a dictator. Lee Smith of The Weekly Standard argues how different the conflicts in Egypt would have played out during the presidency of George W. Bush.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/28/133308444/the-weekly-standard-imagining-egypt-during-bush?ft=1&f=1057

Courtney, Joe Crenshaw, Ander Critz, Mark S. Crowley, Joseph Cuellar, Henry

Abortions Not Linked To Mental Health Issues

Danish researchers looked at the health records of 85,000 women who had had first-trimester abortions. Those women were more likely to seek mental health treatment while they were pregnant, but didn't need more help after having the abortion. The study appears in the New England Journal of Medicine..

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/27/133237875/study-abortions-dont-cause-mental-health-issues?ft=1&f=1007

Ackerman, Gary L. Aderholt, Robert B. Adler, John H. Akin, W. Todd Alexander, Rodney

Friday, January 28, 2011

Obama Shows Why 2010 Election Was a Mistake

Joe Conason, Salon
Complaints about President Obama's State of the Union address on both sides of the political divide (which was obscured but not obliterated by the evening's novel seating arrangements) seemed to miss its point and purpose.Like every successful speech of its kind, Obama's message resonated on more than one level. So while he conceded little ground to the right, the president nevertheless sought to draw his adversaries -- and even more so the independent voters who temporarily sided with them -- into the American story he told. Receive news alertsThe meaning of that narrative...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/01/27/obama_shows_why_election_was_a_mistake.html

Courtney, Joe Crenshaw, Ander Critz, Mark S. Crowley, Joseph Cuellar, Henry

Will Obama Admin Get it Right on Egypt?

Jackson Diehl, Washington Post
During her first visit to Egypt as secretary of state, in March 2009, Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked whether human rights violations by the Egyptian government that had been documented by the State Department would interfere with a visit to the White House by President Hosni Mubarak. It was a good question: Mubarak had not been to Washington in five years, thanks to his clashes with the Bush administration over his political repression."It is not in any way connected," Clinton replied. "I really consider President and Mrs. Mubarak to be friends of my family. So I hope to...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/01/28/will_obama_admin_get_it_right_on_egypt_249544.html

Grayson, Alan Green, Al Green, Gene Griffith, Parker Grijalva, Raúl M.

Tools Suggest Humans Left Africa Earlier Via Arabia

Archaeologists found the 100,000- to 125,000-year-old tools in a mountain in the United Arab Emirates. Other researchers caution against making too many assumptions based on a few stone tools.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/28/133271273/tools-suggest-humans-left-africa-earlier-via-arabia?ft=1&f=1007

Crenshaw, Ander Critz, Mark S. Crowley, Joseph Cuellar, Henry Culberson, John Abney

Foreign Policy: All Eyes On A Fateful Day In Egypt

On Friday, the protests breaking out on the streets of Egypt took a turn for the worse. Marc Lynch of Foreign Policy argues that the Obama administration must take a stance on this immediately, since the unfolding events affect the United States' position in the region.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/28/133306317/foreign-policy-all-eyes-on-a-fateful-day-in-egypt?ft=1&f=1057

Fudge, Marcia L. Gallegly, Elton Garamendi, John Garrett, Scott Gerlach, Jim

The Weekly Standard: Let The Rationing Begin

During the long, and often fraught battle over health care legislation, many claimed that President Obama's health care reform would lead to a rationing of services and treatments. Wesley J. Smith of The Weekly Standard argues that in the months since the bill passed, this seems to be coming true.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/28/133297747/the-weekly-standard-let-the-rationing-begin?ft=1&f=1057

Donnelly, Joe Doyle, Michael F. Dreier, David Driehaus, Steve Duncan, John J. Jr.

House GOP weighs Medicare privatization (Washingtonmonthly.com)

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Altmire, Jason Andrews, Robert E. Arcuri, Michael A. Austria, Steve Baca, Joe

Gil Meche Gave Up $12M Because It Was The Right Thing To Do; Could You?

The Major League pitcher says it just wouldn't have been OK to take the money, even though he could have, because he wouldn't have been able to do a good enough job.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/01/27/133277501/gil-meche-gave-up-12m-because-it-was-the-right-thing-to-do-could-you?ft=1&f=1057

Carson, André Carter, John R. Cassidy, Bill Castle, Michael N. Castor, Kathy

States Should Have Bankruptcy Option

Jeb Bush & Newt Gingrich, LAT
During the 2008 financial crisis, the federal government reacted in a frantic, ad hoc fashion, tapping taxpayers for bailouts galore, running roughshod over the rights of bondholders and catching the American people unaware and unprepared. In contrast, we still have time to prepare for the looming crisis threatening to engulf California, Illinois, New York and other state governments.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/01/27/states_should_have_bankruptcy_option_249469.html

Bilbray, Brian P. Bilirakis, Gus M. Bishop, Rob Bishop, Sanford D. Jr. Bishop, Timothy H.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

For Sale On the Web: You!

In the digital age, writes commentator Dave Pell, it seems all we do is sell ourselves. Look how great my marriage is! Or my awesome workout! But this is leaving us overwhelmed.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2011/01/27/133249676/for-sale-on-the-web-you?ft=1&f=1057

Chu, Judy Clarke, Yvette D. Clay, Wm. Lacy Cleaver, Emanuel Clyburn, James E.

Deadly Political Unrest Continues In Egypt

Massive street protests in Tunisia this month led to the overthrowing of the country's long-ruling dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Similar protests on Tuesday erupted on the streets of Egypt's capital Cairo and other towns around the country. Host Michel Martin speaks with Al-Jazeera's Rawya Rageh and Los Angeles Times Middle East correspondent Borzou Daragahi about the latest from both countries.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/27/133274001/Political-Unrest-Continues-In-Egpyt?ft=1&f=1004

Boehner, John A. Bonner, Jo Bono Mack, Mary Boozman, John Bordallo, Madeleine Z.

Obama Ramps Up Economic Message

The day after his State of the Union address, President Obama headed to Wisconsin for a White House on Main Street event. It's a state that traditionally favors Democrats. Obama won it in 2008, but Republicans dominated in the last election.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/27/133264652/Obama-Ramps-Up-Economic-Message?ft=1&f=1014

Braley, Bruce L. Bright, Bobby Broun, Paul C. Brown, Corrine Brown, Henry E. Jr.

Pentagon chief says Mideast must adopt reforms (The Arizona Republic)

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Halvorson, Deborah L. Hare, Phil Harman, Jane Harper, Gregg Hastings, Alcee L.

Could Climate Change Have Led To The Fall Of Rome?

Rome may have fallen hundreds of years ago, but much of the civilization the Romans built still dots the landscape today. One team of scientists recently unearthed a different kind of Roman artifact that may hold a surprising clue to the empire's downfall.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/22/133143758/could-climate-change-have-led-to-the-fall-of-rome?ft=1&f=1007

Guthrie, Brett Gutierrez, Luis V. Hall, John J. Hall, Ralph M. Halvorson, Deborah L.

House GOP Launch Hearings On Health Law

House Republicans launched a series of hearings on the health law this week. They say to give it the scrutiny it didn't get before it passed last year. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats play defense with their own set of hearings highlighting the law's benefits starting Thursday.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/01/26/133247201/house-republicans-mount-hearings-to-take-on-health-law?ft=1&f=1014

Gonzalez, Charles A. Goodlatte, Bob Gordon, Bart Granger, Kay Graves, Sam

Obama Gets It: 'Together'

ANALYSIS: The seating played into the president's strategy, providing a visual metaphor for crossing the divide. Anger and attitude are now called "vitriol" and are suddenly out of favor.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/01/26/133230822/obama-gets-it-together?ft=1&f=1057

Davis, Danny K. Davis, Geoff Davis, Lincoln Davis, Susan A. DeFazio, Peter A.

Pentagon Disputes Bradley Manning Mistreatment Allegations (ABC News)

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Clay, Wm. Lacy Cleaver, Emanuel Clyburn, James E. Coble, Howard Coffman, Mike