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It's All Politics
7:03 am
Sun May 18, 2014

How A Conservative Darling Could Lose His Conservative State

With his wife Mary by his side, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback addresses supporters before formally filing for reelection on Thursday at the Statehouse in Topeka. Brownback's reelection might have been a slam dunk, but he's managed to anger enough constituency groups that now he faces a real race.
John Milburn AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 12:39 pm

There's been nothing but bad news lately for Gov. Sam Brownback.

The FBI is investigating close associates of the Kansas Republican, including his former chief of staff, for possible lobbying and fundraising improprieties, as well as sweetheart deals involving state business.

Brownback dismisses it as a "smear" campaign. Nothing may come of it, but it's certainly made for some bad press.

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It's All Politics
5:30 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Do We Need This Government Agency? 'Let Me Google That'

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., is a longtime deficit hawk, releasing an annual Wastebook that points a critical finger at billions of dollars in questionable government spending.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 11:48 am

Why would anyone pay for something when the exact same thing is available for free? The answer seems obvious, yet the question remains relevant for an obscure federal agency still pursuing its Cold War mission in the age of the search engine.

Say you wanted to know more about supersonic retro-propulsion wind tunnel testing. Or ancient land use in the Maya Lowlands. Or a 1996 hazardous waste characteristics scoping study. OK, you don't really want to know about these things, but someone did, and someone did the research.

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Economy
5:29 am
Sun May 18, 2014

The Merits Of Income Inequality: What's The Right Amount?

The Occupy Wall Street movement helped put the issue of income inequality in the spotlight. But economists say there's a balance.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 12:38 pm

Income inequality is a big problem, many economists agree. But they also say some level of inequality is necessary for capitalism to work.

Inequality in the U.S. has risen to levels not seen since the 1920s. The top 1 percent pocket more than 20 percent of the nation's income, and the 400 richest people in the country own more wealth than everyone in the bottom 50 percent.

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Krulwich Wonders...
5:27 am
Sun May 18, 2014

Intriguing Lime-Green Blobs Appear In The Andes Mountains. Are They Alive?

Courtesy of Terrace Lodge

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 10:09 am

Oops.

Someone dropped lime sherbet on the desert — and it's melting. Who's going to clean this up?

Nobody. Because this — believe it or not — is a plant. It may look like a glob of goo, but it's not at all gooey. It's solid to the touch — so solid that a man can lie on top of it and not sink in, not even a little.

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The New And The Next
6:53 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Shifting Images: Cleaning Up Amsterdam And Controversial Art

Originally published on Mon May 19, 2014 1:06 pm

Transcript

TESS VIGELAND, HOST:

It is time for The New and The Next.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

VIGELAND: Eugene Robinson is the deputy editor of the online magazine Ozy. And he's filling in for Carlos Watson this week as we talk about what's new and what's next. Welcome back, Eugene.

EUGENE WATSON: Hey, thanks for having me, Tess.

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The Two-Way
6:50 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

California Chrome Wins Preakness; On Course For Triple Crown

California Chrome (No. 3), ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday in Baltimore.
Jim Dietz Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 8:01 pm

The Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome added another notch on his bridle to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

He covered the 1 3/16th-mile course in 1:54:84.

This puts the California-bred horse, ridden by Victor Espinoza, on track to become a Triple Crown winner. If Chrome wins at the Belmont Stakes on June 7, he would be the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed won the coveted title in 1978.

Espinoza won the Preakness in 2002 with War Emblem.

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Your Money
6:29 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

In 'Clash Of The Financial Pundits,' Clarity For The Investor?

It's one thing to listen to financial pundits for insight. It's another to act on their advice.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 2:51 pm

Millions of Americans get financial advice from pundits on talk radio and cable television.

Since the 2008 financial crisis, many of those pundits have gotten a bad name for failing to warn investors about the crash. Yet public frustration has done little to hurt the financial media industry as a whole.

In their new book, Clash of the Financial Pundits, Joshua Brown and Jeff Macke argue that financial punditry is not going anywhere; it's been around as long as there have been economies.

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The Two-Way
5:50 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Times Publisher: Abramson Storyline 'Shallow And Factually Incorrect'

Jill Abramson
Evan Agostini AP

New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. defended the sacking of executive editor Jill Abramson in a statement on Saturday.

After her firing, the Times has come under heavy scrutiny after reports arose that just before her firing Abramson complained that she was not being paid as much as her predecessor, Bill Keller.

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The Two-Way
5:12 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Reports: Obama Considering San Antonio Mayor As HUD Secretary

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro in Sept. 2013.
Charlie Neibergall AP

President Obama is said to be considering appointing San Antonio Mayor Julían Castro as head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and moving the agency's current chief, Shaun Donvan, to the Office of Management and Budget, the San Antonio Express News, the AP, The New York Times,

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Religion
5:07 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Southern Baptist Leaders Seek Softer Approach To Homosexuality

Pastor Jimmy Scroggins (right) tells other Southern Baptist leaders to be compassionate to gay people during a leadership summit in April.
ERLC Leadership Summit/Flickr

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 6:29 pm

Some Christian denominations around the U.S. have been slowly warming to the idea of gay marriage. A few have even made an about-face.

Not so with the country's largest protestant group, Southern Baptists. The Southern Baptist Convention still preaches that marriage can only be between one man and one woman. But some pastors are softening their message.

A Change Of Tone

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Shots - Health News
5:07 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Filtering A New Idea: A Book That's Educational And 'Drinkable'

Contaminated water can spread diseases like cholera and typhoid. A new project aims to provide water filters in the form of an educational book.
Soe Than Win AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 10:32 pm

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U.S.
5:07 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Veterans Advocate Says He Fears Loss Of Faith In VA

Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday about holding the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 17, 2014 6:52 pm

Advocate and former Army Capt. Tom Tarantino says he's worried that allegations over delayed health care will keep veterans away from services.

"Our biggest fear is that there are veterans out there who are not going to seek help because they lose faith and they lose trust in the VA," he tells Tess Vigeland, guest host of All Things Considered.

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Law
5:07 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

How It Happened: 10 Years Of Gay Marriage

Originally published on Sun May 18, 2014 2:05 am

On May 17 10 years ago, Massachusetts issued the first fully legal same-sex marriage license in the United States. Tanya McCloskey and Marcia Kadish were the recipients of that license. The growing acceptance of gay marriage in the U.S. is due in part to gay advertising and public support of gay-friendly workplace policies. Marketing expert David Paisley explains how that change happened to guest host Tess Vigeland.

The Two-Way
4:35 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

MERS Virus Appears To Have Jumped From Human To Human In U.S.

This undated file electron microscope image made available by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories shows novel coronavirus particles, also known as the MERS virus, colorized in yellow.
AP

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus appears to have jumped from one human to another for the first time in United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a press release that an Illinois man has preliminarily tested positive for the MERS antibodies after he had contact with an Indiana man who contracted the virus abroad.

NPR's Joe Neel, who listened in on a CDC conference call, tells us:

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The Two-Way
3:45 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Miss Beazley, Former First Dog, Keeper Of Bush Cats, Dies

President George W. Bush plays with Miss Beazley in the Oval office.
Eric Draper White House

Miss Beazley, the Scottish Terrier who graced the White House with her presence while her owner, George W. Bush, was president, has died after a battle with lymphoma.

Bush and his wife Laura made the announcement on his Facebook page.

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