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Politics
3:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Why Compromise Is A Bad Word In Politics

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 5:23 am

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Here's one thing that many people mean when they say Washington is broken. They may mean that politicians from different parties seem unable or totally unwilling to compromise, and many voters hate that. And yet many voters also hate it if politicians from their own party should compromise with the other side. That could be considered giving in. NPR's science correspondent Shankar Vedantam joins us regularly to talk about social science research, and he's found some that relates to this political problem. Hi, Shankar.

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Asia
3:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Beijing Bling: Wealth On Display In China's Congress

Yang Lan, TV host and delegate to the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, carries a Marc Jacobs handbag outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 3. Nicknamed "the Oprah Winfrey of China," Yang has also been seen wearing a Giorgio Armani jacket during the legislative session.
Wang Zhou/Imaginechina AP

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 2:14 pm

A leather belt from Hermes priced at almost $1,000 — nearly a year's salary for the average Chinese farmer. A bright pink, $2,000 trouser suit from Emilio Pucci. A red snakeskin Celine handbag that costs $4,500.

These weren't items at a fashion show, but luxury goods spotted on delegates hurrying to China's annual legislative assembly sessions.

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Afghanistan
3:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Shooting In Kandahar Further Alienates Afghans

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When an American soldier reportedly walked through two villages in southern Afghanistan and methodically killed 16 civilians, including children, it caused an uproar from Kabul to Washington, D.C. Now, let's get a view from where the killings happened - Kandahar. I first met Ehsan Ullah two years ago when I reported on a Canadian-funded girls' school that he runs in that city.

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Afghanistan
3:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

How Will Kandahar Shooting Affect Afghan Policy?

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

One analyst calls last weekend's massacre in Afghanistan an enormous gift to the Taliban. It is the latest of several incidents that amount to lost battles in a political war.

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Election 2012
3:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

In South, GOP Voters Balance Faith, Defeating Obama

Supporters and volunteers of the Alabama Republican Party gather outside before a forum at the Alabama Theater in Birmingham, Ala., on March 12.
Marvin Gentry Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 9:23 am

It's election day Tuesday — this time in the Deep South as voters in Alabama and Mississippi head to the polls. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spent some time campaigning in the two states while Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich blanketed the region. And Santorum and Gingrich met at a forum Monday night in Birmingham in a last-minute effort to woo undecided voters.

The setting couldn't have been more picturesque: the stately Alabama Theater in downtown Birmingham. About 2,000 Republican faithful turned out for the presidential forum, which began with a prayer.

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Middle East
3:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Syrian Government Accused Of Reprisal Attacks

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 5:59 am

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We're following news this morning of more killings in the Syrian city of Homs. That's the city where rebel neighborhoods came under artillery fire for weeks and where two Western journalists were killed. Rebels later retreated, but residents and activists say pro-government militias have massacred dozens of civilians, mainly women and children. NPR's Kelly McEvers is following this story from Beirut.

And, Kelly, what evidence you have?

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Around the Nation
3:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Lewis-McChord Soldiers Generate Disturbing Headlines

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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And I'm Renee Montagne.

The American soldier who allegedly shot and killed 16 men, women and children in two Afghan villages was from an Army base outside Tacoma, Washington. The Army/Air Force installation, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is one of the biggest in the military.

It's also, as NPR's Martin Kaste reports, one of the most troubled.

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Business
3:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

U.S. Pressures China To Ease Mineral Restrictions

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NPR's business news starts with trade moves against China.

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Business
3:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Treasury Raises $32 Billion In Bond Auction

What is remarkable is that those who bought bonds will get a tiny rate of return. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about what the results mean, who's buying Treasuries and how the borrowed funds are being spent.

Business
3:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

What's The Chance Of Getting A Lost Cellphone Back?

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And today's last word in business is 50-50.

Those are the odds you'll ever see your lost cell phone again. That's according to a study by a security firm, the people behind the Norton AntiVirus software. The company set up an experiment where they purposely lost smartphones in public areas, you know, elevators, shopping centers, airports, places you may have left your phone at some point.

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Afghanistan
3:00 am
Tue March 13, 2012

Shooting Adds To Afghans' Anti-American Feelings

U.S. officials have not released the name of the U.S. soldier accused of killing some 16 Afghan civilians in southern Afghanistan over the weekend. The shootings come as anti-Americanism already is boiling over in Afghanistan after U.S. troops burned Qurans last month.

Opinion
11:01 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

A Talk To Remind You Of What You Believe In

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Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 7:55 am

As the presidential primary season marches on around the country, the nasty political ads and robo calls are taking their toll. Many people are, to paraphrase former Vice President Al Gore, getting snippy about their political differences. If we're going to make it till Election Day, commentator Gwen Thompkins thinks we'd better all learn how to disagree without being disagreeable.

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Author Interviews
11:01 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Jodi Picoult Turns Tough Topics Into Best-Sellers

Adam Bouska Atria Books

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 10:24 am

When you think about blockbuster best-sellers, genres like mystery, crime and romance typically come to mind. Ethical or moral fiction? Not so much. But that's how Jodi Picoult, who has 33 million copies of her books currently in circulation, describes her novels. So how did an author who writes about divisive issues get so popular?

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Asia
6:40 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Ferrari Driver Gets Himself In Trouble With The Law

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 8:51 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Social media sure make the job of police easier. A Japanese doctor is the latest to post evidence of his own violation of the law. He said he wanted people to see the beauty of his Ferrari, so he positioned a camera behind the driver's seat and zoomed away. The video showed him driving 77 miles per hour, 52 miles over the speed limit. Angry viewers not only marked dislike on the video, they reported the driver to the police. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
6:32 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Calif. Man Reconstructs Frank Lloyd Wright Doghouse

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 8:51 am

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NPR Story
3:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

No Let Up In Gaza-Israel Violence

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And we're also reporting on violence on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip. The attacks stretched the weekend into today. Israeli airstrikes killed three more people today in Gaza - that Palestinian-held area - bringing the total to 21.

As Israelis have been bombing, Palestinians have been firing rockets into Israel. And NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro is following this story.

And Lourdes, what's the latest?

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NPR Story
3:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Japan Faces 'Tremendous Challenges Ahead'

Japan is far from back to normal, after an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster devastated the northeastern part of the country a year ago. U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos talks to Steve Inskeep about his latest visit to the hard-hit region of Tohoku.

NPR Story
3:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

U.S. Soldier Accused Of Killing 16 Afghan Villagers

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 8:51 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

This ranks among the more dismaying moments in a decade-long war. Americans have worked for years to position themselves as protectors of Afghans against murderous insurgents, and then yesterday a U.S. Army sergeant surrendered after a shooting rampage that left well over a dozen people dead. The list of those killed includes women and children, and the motive for the suspect remains unclear.

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Around the Nation
3:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Santorum, Gingrich Eye Southern Primary Victories

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 10:03 am

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Around the Nation
3:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

BP Settlement Lacks Enthusiasm Along Gulf Coast

Residents of the Gulf Coast are warily evaluating the BP settlement deal in the Deepwater Horizon case. Some were hurt during clean-up of the oil spill, others lost their businesses and still others lost family in the rig explosion. But they are coming to different conclusions about whether the deal is a good one.

Business
3:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Business News

China is buying more abroad than it sells. February marked the largest trade deficit for China in at least a decade. Imports outpaced exports by $31.5 billion.

Business
3:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 8:51 am

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And today's last word in business is: raise the Red Flag.

We mentioned China's trade deficit earlier. This may be a small stab at turning it around. Beijing is telling government departments they should stop buying Audis, and should instead drive the Red Flag, China's version of the luxury sedan. It was used to shuttle around Communist luminaries like Chairman Mao, but was phased out a couple of years ago as a gas guzzler.

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Afghanistan
3:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Shooting Is Another Blow To U.S.-Afghan Relations

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 8:51 am

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Around the Nation
3:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Indiana School Teaches Test Prep As Literary Genre

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In this country, many American kids are preparing for standardized tests. They're among the rites of spring and they cause a lot of stress. One Indiana school tries to manage that stress by obsessing over the test a little less. Rather than teaching every single thing on the test, they just teach how to take one. Here's Kyle Stokes of NPR member station WFIU.

KYLE STOKES, BYLINE: Quick - name the literary genres you learned about in school.

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Television
3:00 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Bravo's Latest Reality Show: 'Shahs Of Sunset'

Originally published on Mon March 12, 2012 11:48 am

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For all the difficult relations the U.S. has with Iran, the two countries share many ties, including millions of Iranian-Americans. Ryan Seacrest and Bravo make them the focus of a new reality show, called the "Shahs of Sunset." It examines the lavish lifestyles of some in Southern California's Iranian-American community. NPR's Amy Walters reports.

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