1:26am

Tue August 7, 2012
World

Pakistan Blackouts Power Frustration At Government

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:39 pm

Tangled power lines in a busy shopping district in Rawalpindi.
Lauren Frayer for NPR

In India last week, surprise grid failures plunged more than half the country into darkness. But power outages in neighboring Pakistan have been intentional — the result of summertime energy rationing.

Despite billions of dollars in U.S. aid, Pakistan has been unable to keep the lights on. Now the situation is getting worse, with riots erupting over factories forced offline.

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1:25am

Tue August 7, 2012
First And Main

Race An Issue That Simmers In Florida Battleground

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:39 pm

Gregory Brown, 52, lives in a trailer park community in Lutz, Fla., near the corner of First and Main streets. He lives off unemployment checks and blames President Obama for his financial difficulties.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

As the presidential election nears, Morning Edition has begun a series of reports from First and Main. Several times in the next few months, we'll travel to a battleground state, then to a vital county in each state. In that county, we find a starting point for our visit — an iconic American corner — First and Main streets.

Near the corner of First and Main, in a trailer park in Hillsborough County, Fla., Gregory Brown sticks the key into the motorcycle he has for sale.

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1:24am

Tue August 7, 2012
Around the Nation

Roosevelt's Badlands Ranch Faces Potential Threat

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:39 pm

In the North Dakota Badlands, plans to build a bridge near Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch have led to protests.
John McChesney

Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch in North Dakota is often called the Walden Pond of the West. But Roosevelt's ranch is now feeling the pressure of an oil boom that is industrializing the local landscape. Critics say a proposed gravel pit and a bridge could destroy the very thing that made such a lasting impression on Roosevelt: the restorative power of wilderness.

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1:23am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Salt

Presidential Foods And What They Say About Our Leaders

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:09 am

Boiling lemon rinds for President Harding's lemon pineapple fruit punch, called a squall.
Taji Marie NPR

President Bill Clinton famously loved doughnuts on the campaign trail, and we've told you about current GOP candidate Mitt Romney's affection for serving the press corps Jimmy John's subs. But what do our past presidents and the presidential wannabes' food choices say about them?

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4:55pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

NASA Releases First Full-Resolution Photographs From Mars Curiosity

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 6:44 pm

This image taken by NASA's Curiosity shows what lies ahead for the rover — its main science target, Mount Sharp.
NASA's Curiosity

4:51pm

Mon August 6, 2012
The Two-Way

After A Historic Landing, A Postcard From The Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Originally published on Tue August 7, 2012 6:42 am

NASA Associate Administrator John Grunsfeld waits for landing inside the Spaceflight Operations Facility for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. on Sunday.
Brian van der Brug AP

The newsroom at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is beginning to thin out as the Mars Science Laboratory transitions from an exciting news story, to a long duration — possibly very long duration — exploration of the geologic and environmental history of Mars.

For the reporters still in the newsroom, fatigue is beginning to set in. BBC science correspondent Jonathan Amos has been at it nonstop for 30 hours. I feel a bit guilty for stepping out and getting a few hours sleep.

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4:17pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Environment

Are Recent Heat Waves A Result Of Climate Change?

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 4:51 pm

Cattle use a tree for shade as temperatures rose above 100 degrees in a pasture July 28, 2011, near Canadian, Texas.
Scott Olson Getty Images

The last couple of years have certainly felt unusually hot in many parts of the U.S., but are they really all that unusual?

Many people wonder whether a warming climate is turning up the temperature or whether it's all just part of the normal variation in the weather. Among scientists, there's a growing view that these latest heat waves are indeed a result of climate change.

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3:57pm

Mon August 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Dressage Enthusiasts Find Romney-Driven Attention A Mixed Blessing

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 4:44 pm

Jan Ebeling rides Rafalca in the equestrian dressage competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 2. Rafalca is co-owned by Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Markus Schreiber AP

3:56pm

Mon August 6, 2012
Middle East

Security Breach Tests Egypt's New President

Originally published on Sun August 12, 2012 7:43 am

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (shown here July 2) has said that he'll restore the country's security within his first 100 days in office.
Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images

The bodies of 16 slain Egyptian soldiers are being prepared for burial, a day after 35 gunmen ambushed their border post in the Sinai Peninsula. The incident in northern Sinai is proving to be the biggest challenge for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi since he assumed office about a month ago.

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3:56pm

Mon August 6, 2012
It's All Politics

For July, Romney Fundraising Outpaces Obama Yet Again

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 4:45 pm

Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds this month in Golden, Colo.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

In July, the financial fortunes of the presidential candidates continued along their new trajectories, with Republican Mitt Romney's money-raising efforts outpacing President Obama once again.

Indeed, groups supporting Romney raised one-third more than Obama's re-election effort for the month.

Romney, the all-but-official Republican nominee, actually collected less in July than he had in June, but only slightly. His campaign announced Monday that its overall take for July was $101.3 million.

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