3:22am

Fri August 12, 2011
Around the Nation

'Bad News Bears' Kid Runs For Congress

David Pollock played one of the kids in the movie made famous in the 1970s. He played Rudi Stein, the nervous kid with glasses who got on base by intentionally getting hit with a pitch. Pollock is running as a Democrat in the new 26th Congressional district in California.

After a stint on Capitol Hill, NPR National Correspondent Debbie Elliott is back covering her native South.

From a giant sinkhole swallowing up a bayou community in Louisiana to new state restrictions on abortion providers, Elliott keeps track of the region's news. She also reports on cultural treasures such as an historic church in need of preservation in Helena, Arkansas; the magical House of Dance and Feathers in New Orleans' lower 9th ward; and the hidden-away Coon Dog Cemetery in north Alabama.

She's looking back at the legacy of landmark civil rights events, and following the legal battles between states and the federal government over immigration enforcement, healthcare, and voting rights.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Middle East

U.S. Gropes For Coherent Policy In Egypt

Although the U.S. military used its influence to help ease former President Hosni Mubarak out of power, Washington gets very little credit for that. Egyptians of all political stripes distrust the U.S., and want the Americans to stay out of the way of a revolution that they have embraced.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Around the Nation

Utah Criticized For Limiting Liquor Licenses

Utah's hospitality and tourism industry is suing the state for outlawing Happy Hour and refusing to increase the number of liquor licenses. Currently, there are no liquor licenses left in the state for bars, clubs, hotels or music venues. Based on Utah's quota system, it could be two years before one is available.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business

The Last Word In Business

When French customers complained that they didn't have time to shop for bread, a Parisian baker created a vending machine for baguettes. It's no ordinary vending machine. The partially cooked bread is steamed once a selection is made.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business

Spain Criticized For Giving Tax Break For Pope's Visit

Many Spaniards are grumbling at the cost of their government's red carpet welcome for Pope Benedict, who heads to Madrid next week for World Youth Day. Local priests have issued a rare complaint about tax breaks offered to the event's corporate sponsors. The Spanish government is paying millions for the pope's security, at a time when it's also slashing public salaries and the education budget.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Business

Business News

In a letter to employees, the U.S. Postal Service says it will be insolvent next month. That's due to a significant decrease in the volume of mail and a significant increase in retiree health care costs. The Postal Service proposes cutting 20 percent of its workforce. The unprecedented move would require congressional approval.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Middle East

Twitter Created Echo Chamber During Egyptian Protests

An assistant professor at UCLA recently returned from Egypt, where he researched the effect of social media on the movement to bring down former President Hosni Mubarak. Ramish Srinivasan tells Steve Inskeep the notion that the revolution was driven by social media is vastly overstated.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Politics

Romney Stops By Iowa State Fair

The Iowa State Fair opened this week, and it provides the backdrop for two major political events in the state — last night's GOP presidential candidate debate and Saturday's Ames Straw Poll. The fair is an essential destination for the candidates. It's where they get the chance to engage with voters and eat deep-fried novelties on sticks.

2:00am

Fri August 12, 2011
Economy

Financial Exchanges Struggle To Find Their Footing

Renee Montagne talks to Greg Ip of "The Economist" about Europe's bad financial week and the impact it's having on U.S. and world markets. Ip is the U.S. economics editor for the magazine, and he's been in London this week.

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