10:01pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Business

Fiat's First Year Back In The U.S. Marred By Missteps

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 10:36 am

In its 2011 re-entry into the U.S. market, Italian automaker Fiat opened 130 dealerships — or studios, as the company calls them — that sold only the Fiat 500, displayed here outside the Fiat of Lakeside dealership in Macomb, Mich.
Carlos Osorio AP

10:01pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Sweetness And Light

Why The BCS Is The Holy Roman Empire Of Sport

In the Rose Bowl Monday, Oregon defeated Wisconsin, 45-38. And later that night, No. 3 Oklahoma State beat No. 4 Stanford, 41-38. But despite those wins, neither team has a chance to win the BCS championship.
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The Bowl Championship Series climaxes Tuesday, with a game in New Orleans between Louisiana State and Alabama for the national bragging rights to Dixie.

As there is a joke about the Holy Roman Empire — that it was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire — so can the same be said about the Bowl Championship Series.

It's not a bowl; it's a game played in the Superdome.

It's not a championship, just an exhibition, because the teams have been appointed to show up without earning the right to challenge for the title.

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6:14pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Presidential Race

Kohut, Continetti Discuss Iowa Caucuses

Robert Siegel talks about the Iowa caucuses with Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center; and Matt Continetti, a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard.

6:11pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Presidential Race

A Look At A Des Moines, Iowa, Democratic Caucus

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 7:19 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now, to the Democrats, who were also caucusing tonight in Iowa. There, of course, is no drama in those caucuses. President Obama is unopposed. But the president did address Democratic caucus-goers a few minutes ago. And Iowa Public Radio's Sarah McCammon is at a Democratic caucus in Des Moines. Sarah, what was the president's message tonight?

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6:11pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Presidential Race

A Look At A Des Moines, Iowa, GOP Caucus Site

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 7:19 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

The Iowa caucuses are under way. Republican voters are making their choices in the nation's first presidential contest of 2012. And according to early entrance poll results, it appears two of the candidates are running strong - Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.

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5:10pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Presidential Race

A Look At The Van Meter, Iowa, Caucus Site

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 5:10 pm

Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Sonari Glinton, who reports from a Republican caucus site in Van Meter, Iowa.

5:10pm

Tue January 3, 2012
NPR Story

A Look At The Ankeny, Iowa, Caucus Site

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 7:19 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel.

In about an hour, Iowans will begin caucusing in the nation's first presidential contest of 2012. Republicans are gathering at sites representing more than 1,700 precincts. While voters can write in any name they like, six candidates leave the field. The top vote-getters will head into next week's New Hampshire primary with fresh momentum and while those at the bottom could find their campaigns on life support.

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4:45pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Election 2012

Iowans Head To GOP Caucuses With No Clear Favorite

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:09 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hugs his wife, Ann, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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The results from Iowa suggest what has been clear for months: Republicans remain divided about their presidential choices.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney eked out an eight-vote win after he and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum swapped the slimmest of leads back and forth in Tuesday's caucuses. With returns complete, each had won the support of roughly 25 percent of caucusgoers.

Despite the near-tie, Iowa caucus rules do not allow for a recount. Texas Rep. Ron Paul was third at 21.5 percent, according to The Associated Press.

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3:37pm

Tue January 3, 2012
World

Egyptians Vote In Final Stage Of Parliamentary Elections

Originally published on Tue January 3, 2012 3:37 pm

The third stage in Egypt's parliamentary elections got underway Tuesday. In upper Egypt, tensions between Muslims and Christians have intensified in the aftermath of the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. Qena is a stronghold of the ultra-conservative Salafi movement, and its members have clashed repeatedly with local Coptic Christians over the past year.

3:07pm

Tue January 3, 2012
Business

New Rules Mean Full Disclosure For Airfares

A Southwest Airlines passenger plane taxis on the tarmac at Los Angeles International Airport. Southwest and other smaller carriers have filed a lawsuit against new rules regarding airfare advertisements.
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New rules will soon compel airlines and travel sites to disclose the total price of an airline ticket up front. But some airlines say the rules aren't fair and they're going to court to try to stop them.

Right now, some airlines and travel sites lure in customers with very low fares — and a tiny asterisk. Government taxes and fees — and perhaps a fuel surcharge — can be found in the fine print or on another screen.

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