2:56pm

Mon June 18, 2012
It's All Politics

Rangel Downplays The Roots That Might Help His Re-Election

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 2:59 pm

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., participates in last week's National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City.
Richard Drew AP

An interesting case of identity politics is playing out in New York's newly drawn 13th Congressional District, which includes Harlem and parts of the Bronx.

Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., faces four much younger competitors in next week's Democratic primary, in what could be the toughest re-election bid of his long political career.

NPR's Corey Dade explains:

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2:56pm

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Jury Finds Baseball Star Roger Clemens Not Guilty On All Counts

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 3:53 pm

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, accompanied by his attorney Rusty Hardin, left, arrives at federal court in Washington on June 11.
Haraz N. Ghanbari AP

A jury found baseball star Roger Clemens not guilty on six charges against. Clemens was accused of lying to Congress in 2008 about his use of performance enhancing drugs.

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2:48pm

Mon June 18, 2012
The Salt

Chef Tempts Tourists Back To Tijuana By Focusing On The Food

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 1:34 pm

Chef Javier Plascencia finds inspiration for his dishes at the Mercado Hidalgo, a huge indoor market in Tijuana
Melanie Stetson Freeman Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images

Say the word Tijuana, and many people automatically think of a city riddled with drug violence. But native son Javier Plascencia is hoping to change all that by cooking up high-quality cuisine that focuses on the region's diverse ingredients.

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2:25pm

Mon June 18, 2012
It's All Politics

A Horse Is A Horse, Unless Of Course It's Ann Romney's Dressage Champ

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 5:26 pm

Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, wears a "Dressage is no. 1" foam finger at a competition on Saturday. Romney's horse, Rafalca, qualified for the 2012 Olympic dressage team.
Courtesy of Steve O'Byrne

2:19pm

Mon June 18, 2012
All Tech Considered

Does Your Smartphone Go Next To The Salad Fork Or The Soup Spoon?

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 3:22 pm

Nearly everyone has a smartphone or tablet these days, but what should you do when it comes time to sit down for dinner?
Sean Locke iStockphoto.com

As part of a new tech segment, we're starting a social media advice column in which we'll ask experts your questions about how to behave online. This week's experts are Baratunde Thurston, former digital director of The Onion and author of How to Be Black; and Deanna Zandt, author of Share This!

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2:18pm

Mon June 18, 2012
All Tech Considered

You Know You Want One: Personal Robots Not Ready For You Yet

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 9:06 pm

Research scientist Leila Takayama poses with a PR2 robot at Willow Garage, a robotics company in Menlo Park, Calif., that produces programmable robots.
Melissa Block NPR

2:08pm

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Nominee As Ambassador To Iraq Withdraws

Originally published on Mon June 18, 2012 3:08 pm

Brett H. McGurk.
Harvard Institute of Politics

Revelations that President Obama's nominee for ambassador to Iraq had an extramarital affair with a reporter have cost Brett H. McGurk his nomination.

As The New York Times reports, a series of leaked racy e-mails between McGurk and Gina Chon, who was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, caused Republican opposition to his nomination as ambassador.

The Times reports:

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1:42pm

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Venezuela Demands Return Of Mythical Boulder From Germany

The Global Stone Project in Berlin.
Frank M. Rafik via Flickr

The 35-ton boulder commands attention. The whale-shaped rock was brought to Berlin from Venezuela in 1998 by German artist Wolfgang von Schwarzenfeld who inscribed it with the word love written in seven languages. It's a work of art that sits in Tiergarten park.

But during the past few weeks, the boulder has become the subject of an international dispute.

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1:17pm

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

Ban The Buckeye For Being Bisexual? We Now Have Hoax No. 3

Brutus Buckeye, the Ohio State mascot. Does he know?
Jamie Sabau Getty Images

Heard about the letter to the editor of a newspaper in Ohio demanding that the state find another tree to serve at its symbol because buckeyes are bisexual? It's starting to get some attention on the Web.

Well, it's a real letter to The Courier in Findlay.

But it's also our third hoax in as many blogging weekdays — or in this case, more accurately, a piece of social satire.

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11:39am

Mon June 18, 2012
The Two-Way

U.S. Charges Former Colombian General With Helping Major Drug Traffickers

The United States has indicted a former police general who worked as a security chief for former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe.

Ex-Gen. Mauricio Santoyo Velasco is charged with helping major drug traffickers evade the law to import cocaine into the United States. The AP reports Velasco was also on the traffickers' payroll.

The wire service adds:

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