2:56pm

Thu February 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Lawmaker Leading Probe: 'Someone Needs To Go' At Justice Over Fast And Furious

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The Republican lawmaker who has been leading a yearlong investigation into the failed gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious acknowledged Thursday that the probe has turned up no evidence that Attorney General Eric Holder approved the idea.

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2:56pm

Thu February 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Gingrich Challenges Florida's Winner-Take-All Delegate Scheme

Newt Gingrich greets supporters during a campaign appearance at a restaurant in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday. He said Thursday he will challenge Florida's winner-take-all scheme for awarding delegates.
Robert Galbraith Reuters /Landov

From the day Florida announced it would flout Republican National Committee rules by holding a winner-take-all primary prior to the permitted April 1 start date, it was predictable that a loser of that contest was certain to complain.

Now, Newt Gingrich's campaign has announced he will complain.

Spokesman R.C. Hammond told reporters Thursday that the campaign is sending a letter to the Florida Republican Party asking it to comply with the RNC rules that require contests held prior to April 1 to allocate delegates proportionally.

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2:32pm

Thu February 2, 2012
Middle East

Defiant Syrians Speaking Out About 1982 Killings

Even as the current Syrian uprising continues, some Syrians plan to mark a brutal crackdown carried out by the government 30 years ago in the central city of Hama. Here, a Syrian rebel guards an alley in the central province of Homs on Wednesday.
STR AP

Thirty years ago, one of the bloodiest episodes in modern Middle East history unfolded as an anti-government uprising began in the Syrian city of Hama, and was met almost immediately with overwhelming government force.

Over the course of February 1982, an estimated 10,000 to 40,000 people died in the city that was not only cut off from the rest of Syria, but the outside world as well. When it ended, Syrian President Hafez Assad said, "What's happened in Hama has happened. And now it's all over."

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1:35pm

Thu February 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Tenths Of A Second: NHL Will Investigate Clock Error Leading To Kings' Win

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, center, celebrates with right wing Justin Williams, left, and defenseman Jack Johnson after scoring the game-winning goal during the third period of their NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
Mark J. Terrill AP

1:10pm

Thu February 2, 2012
The Two-Way

Honda Owner's Win In Small Claims Court Could Start A Trend

Heather Peters and her 2006 Honda Civic hybrid. She went to court over its disappointing mileage.
Reed Saxon AP

What happens next now that Heather Peters has won her case? She's the California woman who took Honda to small claims court because her hybrid Civic wasn't getting as the 50 miles per gallon she'd been promised.

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12:50pm

Thu February 2, 2012
National Security

With Al-Qaida's Core Weakened, U.S. Shifts Focus

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 4:36 pm

Yemeni army soldiers gather at the historic castle of Rada last month, as hundreds of al-Qaida gunmen yielded to tribal pressure and withdrew from Rada, a town they had held for nine days. The U.S. is increasingly turning its focus to al-Qaida affiliates such as the one in Yemen.
Mohammed Huwais AFP/Getty Images

Just months after the killings of Osama bin Laden and radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, U.S. intelligence officials are trying to assess just how dangerous al-Qaida still is.

They seem to agree that core al-Qaida — the group that launched the Sept. 11 attacks and looked to bin Laden for guidance — is in trouble.

Now, the discussion is about a loose affiliation of groups that present a diffuse and entirely different threat.

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12:28pm

Thu February 2, 2012
The Two-Way

New Donations Help Planned Parenthood Make Up Most Of Komen's Funding

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 2:08 pm

Planned Parenthood says a flurry of new donations over the past couple of days has essentially made up the funding gap left by Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision to discontinue funding for the organization.

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12:02pm

Thu February 2, 2012
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Baratunde, Stew, Leonard Cohen

Originally published on Sat February 4, 2012 8:24 am

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Baratunde Thurston is an American comedian and the digital director of The Onion. He co-founded the black political blog Jack & Jill Politics. He is also a prolific tweeter.
Courtesy of the author

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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11:57am

Thu February 2, 2012
Energy

Could Cheap Gas Slow Growth Of Renewable Energy?

Natural gas is much cleaner than coal. But some energy analysts say an overabundance of the fuel could depress development in even cleaner energy sources like wind and solar power. Above, a rig in Washington, Pa., drills into shale rock to extract natural gas.
Keith Srakocic AP

The boom in cheap natural gas in this country is good news for the environment, because relatively clean gas is replacing dirty coal-fired power plants. But in the long run, cheap natural gas could slow the growth of even cleaner sources of energy, such as wind and solar power.

Natural gas has a bad rap in some parts of the country, because the process of fracking is not popular. But many people looking at cheap natural gas from the global perspective see it as a good thing.

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11:39am

Thu February 2, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama, Perhaps Tweaking Romney, Emphasizes Duty To Poor In Speech

President Obama makes a point at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012.
Susan Walsh AP

President Obama has been criticized by some liberal critics for not doing enough to improve the lives of the nation's poorest citizens and for not even talking as much as those critics think he ought to about poverty.

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