1:00am

Tue July 17, 2012
Economy

Romney's Plan To Revive Jobs Has Mixed Results

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 3:10 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks about job numbers July 6 at Bradley's Hardware in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Charles Dharapak AP

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he can do better than President Obama at finding jobs for unemployed Americans. One way he would do that is by bringing back personal re-employment accounts.

When people lose their jobs, one of the first places they turn to is their state unemployment office, where they can sign up for unemployment benefits; they often can enroll in some kind of retraining class as well.

In 2004, the Bush administration conducted an experiment to begin privatizing a small part of the federal retraining program.

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12:57am

Tue July 17, 2012
Dead Stop

Looking For Lady Day's Resting Place? Detour Ahead

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 7:58 am

Queen Esther stands in front of Billie Holiday's gravesite in New York City.
Mito Habe-Evans NPR

When Billie Holiday died in 1959, thousands of mourners attended her funeral at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in New York City. The overflow crowd lined the sidewalks. Honorary pallbearers included such jazz greats as Benny Goodman and Mary Lou Williams. Newspapers and magazines ran heartfelt tributes.

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12:01am

Tue July 17, 2012
Science

With Funding Gone, Last Undersea Lab Could Surface

Originally published on Wed July 18, 2012 10:25 am

Researchers Sylvia Earle (left) and Mark Patterson are trying to raise funds to save the Aquarius Reef Base.
Greg Allen NPR

While you're enjoying your coffee this morning, half a dozen scientists are already at work. They're not sitting at desks, however, but a few miles off the Florida Keys, 60 feet down on the ocean bottom.

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5:11pm

Mon July 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Syrian Defector: 'Regime Will Only Go By Force'

Originally published on Tue July 17, 2012 4:40 am

Syria's former ambassador to Iraq, who defected last week, has begun talking to the press.

In an interview with CNN, Nawaf Fares said he supported military intervention in the country because the regime of President Bashar Assad "will only go by force."

CNN's Ivan Watson asked Fares if he wanted to send a message to Assad.

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5:04pm

Mon July 16, 2012
It's All Politics

Presidential Campaigns Zoom In On 'Fertile Crescent' Of Ohio, Pennsylvania

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 6:26 pm

President Obama rips into his all-but-certain GOP foe, Mitt Romney, during a stop Monday at the Cincinnati Music Hall. Obama said Romney's tax plans would create 800,000 jobs — overseas.
Susan Walsh AP

As the presidential campaigns continue to ramp up their attacks (see: felon, liar, outsourcing), the candidates are homing in this week on the country's electoral fertile crescent.

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4:22pm

Mon July 16, 2012
The Record

Kitty Wells, Pioneering Country Singer, Dies

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:29 pm

A studio portrait of Kitty Wells in the mid-'70s.
Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images

3:46pm

Mon July 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Yahoo Appoints Marissa Mayer, A Longtime Google Exec, As CEO

Marissa Ann Mayer gestures as she gives an interview in January of 2008.
Oliver Lang AFP/Getty Images

Yahoo is turning to a longtime Google executive to try to turn around the ailing company. Effective tomorrow, Marissa Mayer will be Yahoo's new chief executive. She will be the fifth CEO in as many years.

According to Yahoo's press release, Mayer was one of Google's first employees and most recently she was responsible for the company's local, maps and location services.

Mayer's job, reports the AP, is to help the company "rebound from financial malaise and internal turmoil."

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3:31pm

Mon July 16, 2012
Money & Politics

New Romney Fund Highlights Fundraising Muscle

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 1:30 pm

Mitt Romney arrives at the Utah Olympic Park for a private dinner during a donor's conference in Park City, Utah, on June 22.
Charles Dharapak AP

Republican Mitt Romney's presidential campaign says a recently formed arm of the organization collected more than $10 million a week during a three-month period this spring. And most of the money care from high-end donors.

Romney Victory Inc., got its first four contributions on April 6 — three donations of $50,000 each and one check for $350. Since early April, it's pulled in $140 million.

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3:29pm

Mon July 16, 2012
It's All Politics

Harry Reid Worries About '17 Angry Old White Men' Buying The Nation

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 4:23 pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, shown July 10 on Capitol Hill, adds another classic bon mot to his record with his worries about "17 angry old white men" buying the country.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Add another line to the list of memorable quotes from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

On Monday, the Nevada Democrat was on the Senate floor defending Democratic-backed campaign-finance legislation known as the DISCLOSE Act when he uttered the following thought (the relevant passage starts at the 8:00 mark in this C-SPAN video):

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3:04pm

Mon July 16, 2012
Science

Can Science Plant Brain Seeds That Make You Vote?

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 5:03 pm

Adam Cole NPR

In 2008, just a few days before the Democratic presidential primary between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania, a large group of Pennsylvania voters got a very unusual phone call.

It was one of those get-out-the-vote reminder calls that people get every election cycle, but in addition to the bland exhortations about the importance of the election, potential voters were asked a series of carefully constructed questions:

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