Sunday, April 17, 2011

Head Over Heels For 'Boys Over Flowers'

Japan has been devastated by an earthquake and a tsunami ? but author Marie Mutsuki Mockett has faith in the resilience of the Japanese people. She recommends Yoko Kamio's manga series, Boys Over Flowers, about a young heroine, who embodies Japanese perseverance.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/15/134563204/head-over-heels-for-boys-over-flowers?ft=1&f=1057

Garamendi, John Garrett, Scott Gerlach, Jim Giffords, Gabrielle

Many Top GOP Donors on the Sidelines in 2012 Race

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/04/15/many_top_gop_donors_on_the_sidelines_in_2012_race_253861.html

Hare, Phil Harman, Jane Harper, Gregg Hastings, Alcee L. Hastings, Doc

Double Take 'Toons: Taxing Deadline

We don't have to remind you what tomorrow is, so here are cartoonists Steve Kelley and Randy Bish to help ease the pain.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/17/135415714/double-take-toons-taxing-deadline?ft=1&f=1057

Burgess, Michael C. Burton, Dan Butterfield, G. K. Buyer, Steve Calvert, Ken

Fight Over Spending Misses the Easy Stuff

Nolan Finley, Detroit News
One thing not talked much about during the ongoing deficit reduction charade is the low-hanging fruit. A business faced with cutting costs looks first for the waste and efficiencies in its operation. But government can never seem to pick those easy-to-reach savings. So you had the silly spectacle of Republicans and Democrats hammering each other bloody over insignificant cuts to a few programs that produced a total savings of $38 billion — or $340 million, if you accept the Congressional Budget Office analysis. And when they were done, they danced across the Capitol declaring a...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/04/17/fight_over_spending_misses_the_easy_stuff_253946.html

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

Study: America's Wealth Not Widely Distributed

One percent of the U.S. population owns approximately 40 percent of the nation's wealth. That's a distribution that most Americans don't know about, Dan Ariely of Duke University discovered in a recent study. Respondents of all demographic categories mistook Sweden's even wealth distribution for that of the United States. Host Noah Adams speaks with Ariely about his study.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/16/135472478/study-americas-wealth-not-widely-distributed?ft=1&f=1003

Foster, Bill Foxx, Virginia Frank, Barney Franks, Trent Frelinghuysen, Rodney P.

The Root: Is Broadway's 'Book Of Mormon' Offensive?

The creators of the animated series South Park have brought a musical called The Book of Mormon to Broadway. Janice C. Simpson of The Root argues that the musical somewhat uncomfortably casts black people as the ultimate butt of their jokes.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/15/135437800/the-root-is-broadways-book-of-mormon-offensive?ft=1&f=1057

Fortenberry, Jeff Foster, Bill Foxx, Virginia Frank, Barney Franks, Trent

Head Over Heels For 'Boys Over Flowers'

Japan has been devastated by an earthquake and a tsunami ? but author Marie Mutsuki Mockett has faith in the resilience of the Japanese people. She recommends Yoko Kamio's manga series, Boys Over Flowers, about a young heroine, who embodies Japanese perseverance.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/15/134563204/head-over-heels-for-boys-over-flowers?ft=1&f=1057

Blackburn, Marsha Blumenauer, Earl Blunt, Roy Boccieri, John A. Boehner, John A.

An 'Atlas Shrugged' Movie Gives Rand Enthusiasts A Chance To Spread The Word

The new film Atlas Shrugged looks to give new, more accessible life to a philosophy many revere. As Zoe Chace found at a screening, there's both concern that it won't be done well and high hopes that it will.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/04/15/135418776/an-atlas-shrugged-movie-gives-rand-enthusiasts-a-chance-to-spread-the-word?ft=1&f=1057

Ehlers, Vernon J. Ellison, Keith Ellsworth, Brad Emerson, Jo Ann Engel, Eliot L.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Double Take 'Toons: Out At Home

A San Francisco jury convicted Barry Bonds for obstructing justice during a steroid use investigation. Cartoonists Bob Krieger and Daryl Cagle say the slugger now has a record no one wants to break.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/16/135412899/double-take-toons-out-at-home?ft=1&f=1057

Broun, Paul C. Brown, Corrine Brown, Henry E. Jr. Brown-Waite, Ginny Buchanan, Vern

Congress Can Expect Earful After Budget Votes

This week Congress finished up the 2011 budget fight and started right in on 2012. NPR's Andrea Seabrook talks with Weekend All Things Considered guest host Noah Adams about the budget battle that ended and the new one in the works.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/16/135472474/congress-can-expect-earful-after-budget-votes?ft=1&f=1014

Griffith, Parker Grijalva, Raúl M. Guthrie, Brett Gutierrez, Luis V. Hall, John J.

In Merger, Massey Mine Execs Would Get Top Jobs

Alpha Natural Resources announced late Friday that if its merger with Massey Energy is approved, several Massey managers will get key roles in the new combined company ? including one executive who presided over the company while it compiled some of the most criticized safety records in the coal mining industry.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/16/135465833/mine-execs-get-key-roles-despite-safety-problems?ft=1&f=1003

Himes, James A. Hinchey, Maurice D. Hinojosa, Rubén Hirono, Mazie K. Hodes, Paul W.

Top Tips For Six-Pack Abs? Cast Your Vote.

What's your favorite movie? Your favorite sandwich? Your favorite Star Trek episode? Online polls offer endless opportunities to vote for one thing or another. Does the casual, even gratuitous kind of voting that's beginning to creep into our lives cheapen one of democracy's most precious rights?

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/16/135462117/stand-up-and-be-counted-and-counted-and-counted?ft=1&f=1057

Hall, John J. Hall, Ralph M. Halvorson, Deborah L. Hare, Phil Harman, Jane

Weekly Standard: Obama's Speech Caters To The Left

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama delivered a speech on his own budget plan to lower the deficit. But Jay Cost of The Weekly Standard argues that Obama used his unsurprising address not as a budget proposal, but as reassurance to Democrat voters before 2012.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/15/135435062/weekly-standard-obamas-speech-catered-the-left?ft=1&f=1057

Blumenauer, Earl Blunt, Roy Boccieri, John A. Boehner, John A. Bonner, Jo

Suicide Blast Wounds Dozens At Indonesian Mosque

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a mosque inside a police compound in West Java ? militants' first attack against a mosque in the predominantly Muslim country, officials said.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/15/135431569/suicide-bomber-hits-indonesian-mosque?ft=1&f=1004

Foster, Bill Foxx, Virginia Frank, Barney Franks, Trent Frelinghuysen, Rodney P.

Budget Compromise Passed, Up Next: GOP Budget

Halfway through the fiscal year, Congress has enacted the much-debated budget deal keeping the federal government in business until the end of September. A sharply divided House votes Friday on a Republican budget for the next fiscal year, while an even bigger battle looms over raising the debt limit.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/15/135428165/budget-compromise-passed-up-next-gop-budget?ft=1&f=1014

Brady, Robert A. Braley, Bruce L. Bright, Bobby Broun, Paul C. Brown, Corrine

Natural Gas May Not Be 'Clean' Energy Source

Natural gas may not be as "clean" an energy source as advertised. A study released this week by professors at Cornell University found that significant amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas, may be escaping into the atmosphere as a result of shale gas extraction. The natural gas industry calls the study flawed ? and says the timing is intended to influence the debate in Albany over how and when new gas drilling in New York State can begin.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/14/135417679/natural-gas-may-not-be-clean-energy-source?ft=1&f=1007

Fattah, Chaka Filner, Bob Flake, Jeff Fleming, John Forbes, J. Randy

Friday, April 15, 2011

A 'Conspirator' On Trial, Along With The System

Robert Redford's historical drama looks at the story of Mary Surratt ? convicted by a military tribunal in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln ? and the Union lawyer who defended her.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/15/135314465/a-conspirator-on-trial-along-with-the-system?ft=1&f=1057

Heller, Dean Hensarling, Jeb Herger, Wally Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie Higgins, Brian

Mom Sentenced For Using Facebook As Son Drowned

A northern Colorado woman who was playing the game Cafe World on Facebook while her 13-month-old baby drowned in a full bathtub was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/15/135453322/mom-sentenced-for-using-facebook-as-son-drowned?ft=1&f=1003

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

Rep. Weiner: Job Creation Should Be No. 1 Focus

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) talks to Renee Montagne about divisions within the Democratic Party as Congress begins to debate long-term budget proposals. He says if the choice is between reducing the debt or creating jobs, most Democrats will pick jobs as the main focus.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/15/135431505/rep-weiner-d-ny-comments-on-budget?ft=1&f=1014

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

Note-Taking Made Easy For Legally Blind Students

For legally blind students, it's hard to switch focus between the notebook and the board. A team of students built a device to make it easier, using a video camera and a tablet PC--a feat which won them top prize in the U.S. finals of Microsoft's Imagine Cup. Team leader David Hayden, legally blind himself, discusses the invention.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/15/135442950/note-taking-made-easy-for-legally-blind-students?ft=1&f=1007

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

Obama's Lines in the Sand

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2011/04/15/lines_in_the_sand_109564.html

Driehaus, Steve Duncan, John J. Jr. Edwards, Chet Edwards, Donna F. Ehlers, Vernon J.

An 'Atlas Shrugged' Movie Gives Rand Enthusiasts A Chance To Spread The Word

The new film Atlas Shrugged looks to give new, more accessible life to a philosophy many revere. As Zoe Chace found at a screening, there's both concern that it won't be done well and high hopes that it will.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2011/04/15/135418776/an-atlas-shrugged-movie-gives-rand-enthusiasts-a-chance-to-spread-the-word?ft=1&f=1057

Critz, Mark S. Crowley, Joseph Cuellar, Henry Culberson, John Abney Cummings, Elijah E.

Turkish Democracy: A Model For Other Countries?

In this season of anti-autocratic uprisings in Arab countries, Muslim Turkey is cited as a model for how democracy might evolve in other Arab states. But the model may not transfer because Turkey has a strong economy, geographic advantage and a long history as a powerful state.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/14/135407687/turkish-democracy-a-model-for-other-countries?ft=1&f=1004

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

The Nation: In Obama's Plan, Sacrifices Aren't Shared

On Wednesday afternoon, President Obama delivered an address on the national deficit, introducing his proposals to fix the rising debt. But the editors of The Nation argue that his so-called balanced approach cripples the classes that need the most help.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/14/135402138/the-nation-in-obamas-plan-sacrifices-arent-shared?ft=1&f=1057

Aderholt, Robert B. Adler, John H. Akin, W. Todd Alexander, Rodney Altmire, Jason

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Why Are Taxpayers Still Backstopping Goldman?

S. Johnson, Economix
If Goldman Sachs were to hit a hypothetical financial rock, would it be allowed to fail — to go bankrupt as did Lehman — or would it and its creditors be bailed out?I posed this question on Sunday to four experts (Erik Berglof, Claudio Borio, Garry Schinasi and Andrew Sheng) from various international organizations at the Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference, known as INET, in Bretton Woods, N.H. — and to a room full of people who are close to policy thinking both in the United States and in Europe.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/04/14/why_are_taxpayers_still_backstopping_goldman_253808.html

Brady, Kevin Brady, Robert A. Braley, Bruce L. Bright, Bobby Broun, Paul C.

The Root: In Plan, Obama Toes A Bipartisan Line

President Obama criticized the GOP budget proposal and announced his refusal to renew Bush-era tax cuts in his speech on Wednesday. But Cynthia Gordy of The Root argues that Obama brought a plan to the table that does a credible job of defending his vision while still calling for bipartisan effort.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/14/135403814/the-root-in-plan-obama-toes-a-bipartisan-line?ft=1&f=1057

Crowley, Joseph Cuellar, Henry Culberson, John Abney Cummings, Elijah E. Dahlkemper, Kathleen A.

Rep. Chaffetz Seeks to Limit Pat-Downs of Children

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/04/14/rep_chaffetz_seeks_to_limit_pat-downs_of_children_253799.html

Critz, Mark S. Crowley, Joseph Cuellar, Henry Culberson, John Abney Cummings, Elijah E.

The Triceratops Panic: Why Does Science Keep Changing Its Mind?

Many of us have a hard time understanding that science knowledge is tentative, and what we learned as kids might no longer be true ? in some people's minds, Pluto will always be a planet.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/04/14/135351303/the-triceratops-panic-why-does-science-keep-changing-its-mind?ft=1&f=1057

Hinchey, Maurice D. Hinojosa, Rubén Hirono, Mazie K. Hodes, Paul W. Hoekstra, Peter

Scientists Often Pigeonholed By Political Debates

During a Congressional hearing on climate science, physicist Richard Muller was expected to testify on the side of climate change skeptics. Instead, Muller announced his team found a warming trend. Muller says scientists are often challenged to insulate findings from political pressures.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/11/135320209/climate-change-skeptic-says-warming-is-real?ft=1&f=1007

Cuellar, Henry Culberson, John Abney Cummings, Elijah E. Dahlkemper, Kathleen A. Davis, Artur

New Republic: Obama Stands Up For His US Vision

In his speech on Wednesday, President Obama announced his own deficit plan against the GOP budget proposal. Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic argues that although there were a few failures, Obama's conceivable plan ultimately defends an American vision.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/14/135403222/new-republic-obama-stands-up-for-his-us-vision?ft=1&f=1057

Ehlers, Vernon J. Ellison, Keith Ellsworth, Brad Emerson, Jo Ann Engel, Eliot L.

To Invent The Future You Must Build Upon The Past

In science, art and culture as a whole, the complete abandonment of tradition and technique rarely produces anything substantial.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2011/04/12/135342943/to-invent-the-future-you-must-build-upon-the-past?ft=1&f=1057

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

Weekly Standards: In Health ACOs, The Joke's On Us

In March, the Obama administration proposed new rules for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which are networks of hospitals, doctors, and other providers. But Tevi Troy of The Weekly Standard argues that though payment reform is needed, this health care proposal proves to be a joke.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/13/135374225/weekly-standards-in-health-acos-the-jokes-on-us?ft=1&f=1057

Conaway, K. Michael Connolly, Gerald E. Conyers, John Jr. Cooper, Jim Costa, Jim

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Obama speech: His four-part plan to cut $4 billion from federal deficits (Christian Science Monitor)

Obama's plan to cut federal deficits over the next 12 years relies on tax
increases for the wealthy as well as budget cuts. But he rejects Republican
plans for reforming Medicare.


Share With Friends: Share on FacebookTweet ThisPost to Google-BuzzSend on GmailPost to Linked-InSubscribe to This Feed | Rss To Twitter | Politics - Top Stories Stories, RSS Feeds and Widgets via Feedzilla.

Source: http://news.feedzilla.com/en_us/stories/politics/top-stories/77426564?client_source=feed&format=rss

Gordon, Bart Granger, Kay Graves, Sam Graves, Tom Grayson, Alan

A New Force Of Nature?

A potential new discovery at the largest United States particle physics laboratory may send scientists back to the drawing board. The world may be more complicated than we anticipated.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2011/04/13/135361760/a-new-force-of-nature?ft=1&f=1057

Chandler, Ben Childers, Travis W. Christensen, Donna M. Chu, Judy Clarke, Yvette D.

Howard Dean Discusses Obama's Budget Proposal

While the Republicans on Capitol Hill crow over budget cuts, some liberals say deep cuts will upset voters and spell Democratic success in the next elections. Robert Siegel talks with Howard Dean, former governor of Vermont and former chair of the Democratic National Committee. He is the founder of the liberal political action committee, DemocracyforAmerica.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/13/135386543/howard-dean-discusses-obamas-speech?ft=1&f=1014

Giffords, Gabrielle Gingrey, Phil Gohmert, Louie Gonzalez, Charles A. Goodlatte, Bob

Japan Nuclear Crisis Raised To Chernobyl Level

Japanese authorities have revised the severity of the accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant to the highest level possible, putting it on par with the 1986 Chernobyl accident. NPR's Richard Harris provides an update on the condition of the Japanese reactors.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/12/135351247/japan-nuclear-crisis-raised-to-chernobyl-level?ft=1&f=1007

Fleming, John Forbes, J. Randy Fortenberry, Jeff Foster, Bill Foxx, Virginia

Using Older Measure Inflation Actually Near 10%

John Melloy, CNBC
After former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker was appointed in 1979, the consumer price index surged into the double digits, causing the now revered Fed Chief to double the benchmark interest rate in order to break the back of inflation. Using the methodology in place at that time puts the CPI back near those levels.Inflation, using the reporting methodologies in place before 1980, hit an annual rate of 9.6 percent in February, according to the Shadow Government Statistics newsletter.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/04/13/using_older_measure_inflation_actually_near_10_253718.html

Hunter, Duncan Inglis, Bob Inslee, Jay Israel, Steve Issa, Darrell E.

Koussa Says Civil War Could Wreck Libya

Former Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa has been speaking publicly for the first time since he sought refuge in Britain. He told the BBC that civil war could wreck his country, and he urged all sides to embrace dialogue. Koussa is going to Qatar to attend a conference on Wednesday about the future of Libya. His departure has caused some outrage in Britain among people who want him prosecuted for his role in the Lockerbie bombing.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/12/135354902/koussa-says-civil-war-could-wreck-libya?ft=1&f=1004

Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. Fallin, Mary Farr, Sam Fattah, Chaka Filner, Bob

New Proposal Aims To Cut Down On Hospital Infections

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday pledged "up to $1 billion" for a new initiative that aims to reduce preventable hospital infections and patient readmissions after discharge. Many in the health industry are praising the proposal ? but GOP lawmakers aren't, perhaps because it's paid for by the health overhaul law.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/04/12/135358647/new-proposal-aims-to-cut-down-on-hospital-infections?ft=1&f=1014

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

France's Burka Ban a Victory for Tolerance

William Langley, Telegraph
Despite some high-profile protests, France’s banning of the burka is enormously popular with the public. Unfortunately, as in Britain, almost anything politicians do that the voters approve of tends to be denounced as populisme – a particularly dread charge among the over-earnest French political class – and instead of enjoying the deserved benefits, President Nicolas Sarkozy has found himself on the defensive.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/04/12/france039s_burka_ban_a_victory_for_tolerance_253644.html

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Obama's Unprecedented Gov't by Waiver

Richard Epstein, National Affairs
One of the great achievements of Western civilization is what we commonly call "the rule of law." By this we mean the basic principles of fairness and due process that govern the application of power in both the public and the private spheres. The rule of law requires that all disputes "” whether among private parties or among the state and private parties "” be tried before neutral judges, under rules that are known and articulated in advance.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/04/12/obama039s_unprecedented_gov039t_by_waiver_253585.html

Capuano, Michael E. Cardoza, Dennis A. Carnahan, Russ Carney, Christopher P. Carson, André

Looking At The Civil War 150 Years Later

Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the U.S. Civil War. Historian Adam Goodheart explains how national leaders and ordinary citizens across the country responded to the chaos and uncertainty in 1861: The Civil War Awakening.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/12/135246259/looking-at-the-civil-war-150-years-later?ft=1&f=1057

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

What We're Reading, April 12-18

A retelling of the famous Johnny Appleseed myth; a devastating memoir about the birth of the organic farming movement and its effect on a homesteading family; an attempt to discover the secrets of Little House on the Prarie; and an NPR contributor's struggle with the recession and its aftermath.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/12/135326866/what-were-reading-april-12-18?ft=1&f=1057

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

Fukushima Vs. Chernobyl: What Does Level 7 Mean?

Though Fukushima and Chernobyl are both level 7 nuclear accidents, the consequences in Japan to date are much less severe. In part, that's because far more radiation was released at Chernobyl.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/12/135353240/fukushima-vs-chernobyl-what-does-level-7-mean?ft=1&f=1004

Hinojosa, Rubén Hirono, Mazie K. Hodes, Paul W. Hoekstra, Peter Holden, Tim

Scientists Often Pigeonholed By Political Debates

During a Congressional hearing on climate science, physicist Richard Muller was expected to testify on the side of climate change skeptics. Instead, Muller announced his team found a warming trend. Muller says scientists are often challenged to insulate findings from political pressures.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/11/135320209/climate-change-skeptic-says-warming-is-real?ft=1&f=1007

Barrow, John Bartlett, Roscoe G. Barton, Joe Bean, Melissa L. Becerra, Xavier

Is It Time To Clip America's Global Wings?

As the United States grapples with a struggling economy and continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, some argue that it's time to scale back its role in the world. A team of experts discusses the pros and cons of this proposition in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/11/135316625/is-it-time-to-clip-americas-global-wings?ft=1&f=1057

Barrett, J. Gresham Barrow, John Bartlett, Roscoe G. Barton, Joe Bean, Melissa L.

Cleaning Up Fukushima: A Challenge To The Core

It could take more than 10 years and $10 billion to clean up Japan's stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. And though engineers know how to handle the basic operations, nobody's ever tried a nuclear cleanup on this scale before.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/12/135324541/cleaning-up-fukushima-a-challenge-to-the-core?ft=1&f=1007

Cuellar, Henry Culberson, John Abney Cummings, Elijah E. Dahlkemper, Kathleen A. Davis, Artur

'Lessons' From Deval Patrick: A (Not) Likely Story

Even Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick himself describes the story of his life ? from growing up on welfare in Chicago to thriving in business and politics ? as "improbable." But he had lots of help, he says, from a loving family and supportive teachers.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/12/135242435/lessons-from-deval-patrick-a-not-likely-story?ft=1&f=1014

Hare, Phil Harman, Jane Harper, Gregg Hastings, Alcee L. Hastings, Doc

Monday, April 11, 2011

One Woman's Foreclosure Fight: Is Victory In Sight?

Debra Dahlmer has never missed a mortgage payment. But her lender, Bank of America, still threatened to foreclose on her. After a saga that has lasted for more than a year and a half, there might finally be light at the end of the tunnel.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/11/135251418/one-womans-foreclosure-fight-is-victory-in-sight?ft=1&f=1003

DeGette, Diana Delahunt, Bill DeLauro, Rosa L. Dent, Charles W. Deutch, Theodore E.

Obama Opposes Spending Cuts...and Then Calls Them Historic

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/04/11/obama_opposes_spending_cutsand_then_calls_them_historic_253566.html

Boren, Dan Boswell, Leonard L. Boucher, Rick Boustany, Charles W. Jr. Boyd, Allen

Ivory Coast Strongman Gbagbo Is Captured

Laurent Gbagbo was pried from his underground bunker at the presidential residence in Abidjan by an apparent combination of French forces and troops loyal to democratically elected leader Alassane Ouattara. Gbagbo reportedly surrendered without resistance.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/11/135313388/ivory-coasts-former-strongman-is-captured?ft=1&f=1004

Edwards, Donna F. Ehlers, Vernon J. Ellison, Keith Ellsworth, Brad Emerson, Jo Ann

Christiane Amanpour: Her Latest Inanity

Jennifer Rubin, Wash Post
Christiane Amanpour has had some pretty shabby outings. She’s shilled for the Ground Zero mosque proponents. She’s cheered Democrats and boosted liberal spin . And she’s shown herself to be, unserious, under-informed and unskilled. So when she decided to interview liberal Robert Redford about his latest film, egging him on to make parallels between the military trial of Abraham Lincoln conspirator Mary Surratt, you knew it was going to be bad. But I bet you didn’t know it would be this bad: I’m not sure which is worse; Amanpour’s...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/04/11/christiane_amanpour_her_latest_inanity_253598.html

Etheridge, Bob Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. Fallin, Mary Farr, Sam Fattah, Chaka

Goldman Sachs' Long History Of 'Money And Power'

The author of a critical history of Goldman Sachs says the firm has been through troubled times before ? and only since the 1980s gained a reputation for being "the envy of Wall Street." Recent scandals concerning the role of former Goldman partners in government also go way back, the author says.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/11/135246269/goldman-sachs-long-history-of-money-and-power?ft=1&f=1057

Grijalva, Raúl M. Guthrie, Brett Gutierrez, Luis V. Hall, John J. Hall, Ralph M.

The World's Tallest Tree Is Hiding Somewhere In California

It's good to be the king, but in the world of trees, the title of tallest or biggest can be fleeting. The current tallest champ is in California ? but no one wants to divulge where.

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2011/04/08/135206497/the-worlds-tallest-tree-is-hiding-somewhere-in-california?ft=1&f=1007

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

Foreign Policy: Iran's Green Movement Could Go Blue

With Iran's deteriorating economy, Dariush Zahedi and Hamed Aleaziz of Foreign Policy argue that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is in danger of losing his working-class support base ? and that, unlike the Green Movement composed of intellectuals, the blue collars may be able to take down the regime.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/08/135235930/foreign-policy-irans-green-movement-could-go-blue?ft=1&f=1057

Barrett, J. Gresham Barrow, John Bartlett, Roscoe G. Barton, Joe Bean, Melissa L.

Fears About Radiation Bigger Than Actual Risk

Radiation is a scary thing. It is invisible and its effects on the human body are not completely understood. But many people overestimate the risk of radiation exposure, especially when it comes to nuclear power. NPR's Joe Palca in Tokyo has been thinking a lot about the public's perception of radiation.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/09/135266031/fears-about-radiation-bigger-than-actual-risk?ft=1&f=1007

Culberson, John Abney Cummings, Elijah E. Dahlkemper, Kathleen A. Davis, Artur Davis, Danny K.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Backpacking Through The Revolutions Of North Africa

For much of Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year dictatorship, few Western tourists traveled around Libya. And now, amid the ongoing conflict between Gadhafi's forces and rebels, there are almost none. But one intrepid backpacker from Germany is defying the statistics. NPR's Eric Westervelt found him in eastern Libya this past week.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/10/135246285/backpacking-through-the-revolutions-of-north-africa?ft=1&f=1004

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

Jobless Rate Is Not the New Normal

Christina Romer, New York Times
IT takes a while to match people with jobs, so even in normal times the unemployment rate is never zero. Before the recent recession, in the view of many economists, the lowest sustainable rate of unemployment in the United States — a level known as the normal or natural rate of unemployment — was around 5 percent. The turmoil of the last few years, however, has shaken up the economy. Is it possible that it has affected the natural rate of unemployment — increasing it to 8 or even 9 percent? Such a climb would imply that the prospects for a rebound in...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/04/10/jobless_rate_is_not_the_new_normal_253530.html

Conyers, John Jr. Cooper, Jim Costa, Jim Costello, Jerry F. Courtney, Joe

Video: Spain (Littlegreenfootballs.com)

As the prelude to an open thread, here's a very nice time-lapse view of Spain
from Ben on Vimeo.



Share With Friends: Share on FacebookTweet ThisPost to Google-BuzzSend on GmailPost to Linked-InSubscribe to This Feed | Rss To Twitter | Politics - Top Stories News, RSS and RSS Feed via Feedzilla.

Source: http://news.feedzilla.com/en_us/stories/politics/top-stories/75937982?client_source=feed&format=rss

Capito, Shelley Moore Capps, Lois Capuano, Michael E. Cardoza, Dennis A. Carnahan, Russ

How The Wild Hamster Was Tamed

The little rodent with big cheeks was rare in the 1930s, when one biologist set out to find them. What he found set the wheel in motion for medical researchers and grade-school classrooms everywhere.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/10/135268583/how-the-wild-hamster-was-tamed?ft=1&f=1007

Baird, Brian Baldwin, Tammy Barrett, J. Gresham Barrow, John Bartlett, Roscoe G.

Bob Dylan Brings His Anti-War Classics To Vietnam

After nearly five decades of singing about a war that continues to haunt a generation of Americans, legendary performer Bob Dylan is finally getting his chance to see Vietnam at peace.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/10/135287370/bob-dylan-brings-his-anti-war-classics-to-vietnam?ft=1&f=1004

Emerson, Jo Ann Engel, Eliot L. Eshoo, Anna G. Etheridge, Bob Faleomavaega, Eni F. H.

Iraq Protests Urge U.S. Out Sooner

The U.S. has contended that its troops likely will remain in Iraq beyond the December 2011 withdrawal deadline, but recent anti-American protests could change the game. It's no longer politically expedient for Iraq to ask the Americans to stay, and protests this weekend underscore that.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/10/135289365/iraq-protests-urge-u-s-out-sooner?ft=1&f=1004

Hastings, Alcee L. Hastings, Doc Heinrich, Martin Heller, Dean Hensarling, Jeb

China Hides Military Power

Andrew Erickson & Gabe Collins, The Diplomat
China’s National Defense in 2010 continues the tradition of offering additional bits of information each year, but still refrains from delving into the concrete discussion of China’s military capabilities that foreign defence analysts hope for. To its credit, the 2010 White Paper is a carefully-written document that offers insight into China’s defence policy and some general trends in its military development. Beijing’s ongoing moves toward defence transparency are positive even if they fall short of foreign expectations.

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/04/09/china_hides_military_power_253504.html

Conyers, John Jr. Cooper, Jim Costa, Jim Costello, Jerry F. Courtney, Joe

Eleventh-Hour Budget Deal Averts Shutdown

Close to a government shutdown, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders came to an agreement late Friday night on a deal to cut about $38 billion in federal spending.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/09/135266023/eleventh-hour-budget-deal-averts-shutdown?ft=1&f=1014

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

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Deep Budget Cuts Hurt Most Vulnerable

Colbert King, Washington Post
Allow me to join the chorus: The 2012 federal budget proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is an improvement over the administration’s 2012 plan, since the GOP proposal at least makes a stab at tackling two of the three major entitlement programs — Medicare and Medicaid — that are driving the country toward a financial cliff. As Obama’s plan did, Ryan’s plan punts on Social Security reform. But the House Republican proposal does acknowledge the looming crisis and offer solutions. That’s more than Barack...

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/04/09/deep_budget_cuts_hurt_most_vulnerable_253469.html

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

GOP Says 5,000 Non-Citizens Voted in Colorado in 2010

Source: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/2011/04/01/gop_says_5000_non-citizens_voted_in_colorado_in_2010_253084.html

Clyburn, James E. Coble, Howard Coffman, Mike Cohen, Steve Cole, Tom

'Your Highness': Low Comedy's Crowning Glory?

James Franco and Danny McBride set off on a quest in David Gordon Green's action comedy Your Highness ? a sword-and-sorcery spoof that David Edelstein says is fantastic if you're in the right gross-minded juvenile mood.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/08/135119586/your-highness-low-comedys-crowning-glory?ft=1&f=1057

Broun, Paul C. Brown, Corrine Brown, Henry E. Jr. Brown-Waite, Ginny Buchanan, Vern

75 Years Later, Black Student Finally First In Class

This week, Fannetta Nelson Gordon got the recognition denied her 75 years ago because of her race. She was posthumously named valedictorian of Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/09/135266059/75-years-later-black-student-finally-first-in-her-class?ft=1&f=1003

Andrews, Robert E. Arcuri, Michael A. Austria, Steve Baca, Joe Bachmann, Michele

Speak to us peasants, posh boys, for we know all about social mobility | Suzanne Moore (Guardian)

Why am I being lectured about social mobility by people who were born at the
top?

Nick Clegg's current internship is perhaps not going as well as his first one.
He seems to be gaining valuable experience, but he needs a little bit more
motivation, and to use his own initiative. Anyway, it's a start, isn't it?
Deputy prime minister? Who knows, it may pave the way to a decent job one day.

Actually, the peculiar Prince of Punchbags that Clegg has become is painful to
watch. He cries to music, he informs Jemima Khan in an interview for the New
Statesman. He has feelings, you know. He has more to cry about than music.
Everything he touches is now somehow tainted with that fatal compromise. When
he talks about his own privilege and is simply trying to be honest, it
backfires. He got jobs though his father's connections. That's how it all
works. Oh really, who would have guessed? It's hardly a state secret that
Westminster runs on interns working for nothing, but lately people have been
worrying a lot about social mobility. Why? Perhaps because one of the
successes of Thatcherism was to ...
Share With Friends: Share on FacebookTweet ThisPost to Google-BuzzSend on GmailPost to Linked-InSubscribe to This Feed | Rss To Twitter | Politics - Top Stories News, News Feeds and News via Feedzilla.

Source: http://news.feedzilla.com/en_us/stories/politics/top-stories/75409315?client_source=feed&format=rss

Dingell, John D. Djou, Charles K. Doggett, Lloyd Donnelly, Joe Doyle, Michael F.

Budget deal remains out of reach after overnight talks (Los Angeles Times)

The first federal government shutdown in 15 years is hours away after parties
in the budget negotiations appear to have lost ground in talks that lasted
into Friday morning.


Budget negotiators were unable to resolve lingering differences overnight, and
just hours remain to reach a deal or else the federal government will shutter
for the first time in 15 years.



Share With Friends: Share on FacebookTweet ThisPost to Google-BuzzSend on GmailPost to Linked-InSubscribe to This Feed | Rss To Twitter | Politics - Top Stories News, News Feeds and News via Feedzilla.

Source: http://news.feedzilla.com/en_us/stories/politics/top-stories/75377016?client_source=feed&format=rss

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

Nuclear Woes Could Propel Quest For Natural Gas

The ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan may undermine support for nuclear power in the U.S. But it could accelerate the natural gas boom already under way in the Marcellus basin ? a 400-million-year-old shale formation stretching from New York to Kentucky.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/08/135149579/nuclear-woes-could-propel-quest-for-natural-gas?ft=1&f=1007

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

Budget Stalemate Persists (WSJ)

A deal to fund the government past midnight remained at an impasse Friday,
with the GOP citing spending-cut disagreements and Democrats pinpointing a
fight over women's health services.


Share With Friends: Share on FacebookTweet ThisPost to Google-BuzzSend on GmailPost to Linked-InSubscribe to This Feed | Rss To Twitter | Politics - Top Stories News, News Feeds and News via Feedzilla.

Source: http://news.feedzilla.com/en_us/stories/politics/top-stories/75387008?client_source=feed&format=rss

Gutierrez, Luis V. Hall, John J. Hall, Ralph M. Halvorson, Deborah L. Hare, Phil

Friday, April 8, 2011

Rahm Raises Money for Former Foe (Taegan Goddard's Political Wire)

Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is helping former rival, Carol Moseley Braun,
retire her campaign debt, the Chicago Tribune reports.


"Braun emerged as the consensus candidate among some of the city's African-
American leaders in late December, but her campaign imploded amid fundraising
problems and a series of gaffes. She finished last among the four major
candidates, collecting about 9 percent of the vote."


Share With Friends: Share on FacebookTweet ThisPost to Google-BuzzSend on GmailPost to Linked-InSubscribe to This Feed | Rss To Twitter | Politics - Top Stories Stories, RSS and RSS Feed via Feedzilla.

Source: http://news.feedzilla.com/en_us/stories/politics/top-stories/75384674?client_source=feed&format=rss

Campbell, John Cantor, Eric Cao, Anh \\\"Joseph\\\'\\\' Capito, Shelley Moore Capps, Lois

At Least 16 Killed In Deadly Clashes In Syria

Thousands of people were gathering Friday in Daraa, which has become the epicenter of protests calling for changes in Syria's authoritarian regime. Witnesses said security forces opened fire on the protesters, but state TV said gunmen opened fire on the officers.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/08/135232871/protests-erupt-in-syria-despite-overtures?ft=1&f=1004

Foxx, Virginia Frank, Barney Franks, Trent Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. Fudge, Marcia L.

Big difference in last shutdown: strong economy (cbsnews)

Bill Plante: Plenty of similarities in possible government shutdown to the one
in '95 - and that significant wildcard


Share With Friends: Share on FacebookTweet ThisPost to Google-BuzzSend on GmailPost to Linked-InSubscribe to This Feed | Rss To Twitter | Politics - Top Stories Stories, News Feeds and News via Feedzilla.

Source: http://news.feedzilla.com/en_us/stories/politics/top-stories/75371340?client_source=feed&format=rss

Harman, Jane Harper, Gregg Hastings, Alcee L. Hastings, Doc Heinrich, Martin

Talking Birds, Chatty Babies And The Mysteries Of Language

The ability to talk, or sound like you're talking, can be found in some unexpected places. For instance, some parrots can sound just like their owners. Do they know what they're doing? Is there any meaning there?

Source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2011/04/07/135209962/watch-listen-and-wonder-the-mysteries-of-language?ft=1&f=1057

Brown, Henry E. Jr. Brown-Waite, Ginny Buchanan, Vern Burgess, Michael C. Burton, Dan

A Retooled 'Arthur,' Still Consuming Conspicuously

With Russell Brand playing the Dudley Moore role and Helen Mirren in the part that won John Gielgud an Academy Award, a big-ticket remake might make Oscar Wilde think again about whether anything succeeds like excess.

Source: http://www.npr.org/2011/04/08/135119885/a-retooled-arthur-still-consuming-conspicuously?ft=1&f=1057

Conyers, John Jr. Cooper, Jim Costa, Jim Costello, Jerry F. Courtney, Joe

Richard C. Senelick, M.D.: Questioning Common Assumptions About the Disabled (Huffingtonpost.com)

Our society devalues a person with a disability and assumes that they could
not possibly want the same things as an able-bodied person. Nothing could be
further from the truth.


Share With Friends: Share on FacebookTweet ThisPost to Google-BuzzSend on GmailPost to Linked-InSubscribe to This Feed | Rss To Twitter | Politics - Top Stories News, RSS and RSS Feed via Feedzilla.

Source: http://news.feedzilla.com/en_us/stories/politics/top-stories/75340013?client_source=feed&format=rss

Issa, Darrell E. Jackson, Jesse L. Jr. Jackson Lee, Sheila Jenkins, Lynn Johnson, Eddie Bernice