10:29am

Mon December 17, 2012
It's All Politics

Open-Government Watchdogs OK With Closed-Door Fiscal Cliff Talks

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 10:48 am

House Speaker John Boehner arrives at the White House on Thursday for a meeting with President Obama. The two men met again in private on Monday in an effort to reach a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff."
Jacquelyn Martin AP

If President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner's closed-door meetings aimed at solving the fiscal cliff crisis trouble anyone, you'd expect it to be the open-government watchdogs who routinely bark their outrage at public officials who work overtime to avoid public scrutiny.

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10:10am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Schools Across Nation Step Up Or Assess Security After Newtown Killings

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 10:30 am

Friday afternoon: As a bus took some students home in Newtown, Conn., the flag was already at half-staff to honor the first-graders and school staff killed that morning.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

Schools across the nation are adding security or assessing their safety procedures after the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders and six teachers or administrators at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday.

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9:44am

Mon December 17, 2012
News

Profiling A Shooter: 'Needle In A Haystack'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. Later in the program we are going to revisit a story that caught our attention about poverty in a place that often seems overlooked. We'll hear about a young woman in the Rust Belt trying to figure out a path to a better life.

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9:44am

Mon December 17, 2012
News

The Politics And Psychology Of Gun Culture

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation on America's gun culture. She speaks with author Paul Barrett, journalist Craig Whitney and psychiatrist Carl Bell.

9:25am

Mon December 17, 2012
Movie Interviews

'Guilt Trip': Streisand On Songs, Films And Family

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 10:27 am

Barbra Streisand is Joyce Brewster in The Guilt Trip. The multitalented performer has won an Oscar, an Emmy, a Grammy and a Tony — a feat achieved by fewer than a dozen artists.
Sam Emerson Paramount Pictures

If a good voice is genetic, it's likely Barbra Streisand got hers from her mother. Streisand's mother was too shy to ever perform professionally, but she had a lyric soprano and would sing at bar mitzvahs in their Brooklyn neighborhood when Streisand was a girl.

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8:56am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Salt

Cheese And Raw Veggies May Be Antidote To Kids' Mindless Eating

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 9:11 am

It's hard to eat just one potato chip. The salt, the fat, the crunch — no wonder we mindlessly munch away, especially if we're parked in front of the TV.

So is there something better for children to snack on in the afternoon, especially if we're looking to limit their calories? It turns out that the combination of cheese and raw veggies like broccoli, carrots and sliced peppers may be the best option from both a nutrient standpoint and a satiety one.

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8:24am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Details Of Newtown Shootings 'Too Difficult To Discuss' Now, Police Say

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 5:51 pm

Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance.
Eric Thayer Reuters /Landov

As new pieces of information come in about Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., which left 20 children and six adults dead, we'll post them here.

The day began, just after 10 a.m. ET, with Connecticut State Police Lt. J. Paul Vance telling reporters that most of the emerging evidence is "too difficult to discuss ... I'm not going to lie to you."

Update at 6:49 p.m. ET. Dogs Try To Comfort Students.

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7:06am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Two-Way

S.C. Governor To Name Sen. DeMint's Replacement Today

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 11:02 am

Gov. Nikki Haley named Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) to replace retiring Sen. Jim DeMint. In this file photo, Scott makes brief remarks after a meeting with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at the U.S. Capitol on June 2, 2011.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Saying that her choice understands the business sector and is the "right U.S. senator for our state and our country," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley named Republican Rep. Tim Scott to replace the retiring Sen. Jim DeMint (also a Republican) at a noontime news conference today.

After asking those gathered at the state capitol to pause for a moment of silence to honor the victims of Friday's shootings in Newtown, Conn., Scott said he's honored and excited "for many, many reasons."

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6:43am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Tragedy In Conn.; 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks Continue

Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

5:55am

Mon December 17, 2012
The Two-Way

Funerals Begin In Newtown, Investigation Continues

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 1:10 pm

Stuffed animals and a sign calling for prayer lay at the base of a tree near the Newtown Village Cemetery in Newtown, Conn., on Monday, in remembrance of the victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Charles Krupa AP
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Six-year-olds Jack Pinto and Noah Pozner — two of the 20 first-graders killed Friday when a gunman stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. — are to be remembered at funeral services this afternoon.

Jack loved sports and was said to be a big fan of New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who wrote the boy's name on the cleats — along with the words "My Hero" — he wore Sunday.

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