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10:05 am
Fri March 16, 2012

It's All Politics, March 15, 2012

Isaac Brekken ASSOCIATED PRESS

Is the battle for the GOP presidential nomination about history? Or is it about math? Santorum may be getting big headlines with his primary wins, but it's Romney who is advancing further to the magic 1,144 number. And more defeats mean more pressure on Gingrich to pull out. Plus: a tribute to the late Peter Bergman of Firesign Theater. NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin have the latest in this week's political roundup.

The Two-Way
9:53 am
Fri March 16, 2012

George Clooney Arrested Outside Sudanese Embassy In Washington

Actor George Clooney is arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan on Friday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 9:56 am

The Oscar-winning actor George Clooney was arrested this morning, after he and supporters, including congressmen stepped onto the grounds of the Sudanese embassy in Washington D.C.

The Washington Post reports:

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Politics
9:39 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Debate Over Afghanistan Returns To Capitol Hill

A U.S. soldier watches members of the Afghan Public Protection Force arrive at a ceremony on the outskirts of Kabul on Thursday.
Ahmad Jamshid AP

Originally published on Sun March 18, 2012 8:07 am

Fallout is expected on Capitol Hill next week over what appears to be a killing spree by a U.S. soldier that took the lives of 16 civilians in Afghanistan.

With House members returning from a break, top U.S. commander in Afghanistan Gen. John Allen is set to testify before both the House and Senate armed services committees.

And just as the nation is divided over the war in Afghanistan, so too is Congress.

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The Two-Way
9:35 am
Fri March 16, 2012

California Students Push For Removal Of Syrian From Foundation

Dr. Hazem Chehabi.
University of California Irvine Foundation
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The student council at the University of California Irvine approved a resolution Thursday demanding that Dr. Hazem Chehabi, Syria's honorary consul in Southern California, be removed from the post of chair at the UC Irving Foundation, which supports the school and is trying to raise $1 billion for it.

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The Salt
9:05 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Cause Of Foul Pine Nut Taste Befuddles Scientists

Pine nuts aren't giving up their secrets easily.
Charlotte Lake iStockphoto.com

Scientists on the trail of "pine nut mouth," a nasty metallic aftertaste that some people get after eating the tender little nuts, have been stumped in their latest effort to zero in on the cause of the mysterious affliction.

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The Conservation Beat
8:19 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Emissons Cap Decision Expected Today

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The state Environmental Improvement Board will decide the fate of a rule that aims to reduce carbon emissions from large polluters.

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The Conservation Beat
8:11 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Valles Caldera Trustees: 'Landscape on the Mend'

Una Smith

Trustees of the Valles Caldera National Preserve held their spring meeting today and expressed optimism about the ecosystem’s recovery after last summer’s Las Conchas fire. KUNM’s Carrie Jung has more.

The Two-Way
8:05 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Obama Needs To Share More About Patriot Act Program, Senators Say

Originally published on Fri March 16, 2012 12:03 pm

Two Senate Democrats want the Justice Department to share more details about how it interprets a key provision of the Patriot Act. The lawmakers say the public has a right to know about a sensitive intelligence gathering program.

So Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden and Colorado Democrat Mark Udall have sent a letter of complaint to the attorney general. The senators say people would be stunned to know how the government is going about getting business records and other information under the U.S. Patriot Act.

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The Two-Way
6:59 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Karzai At 'End Of The Rope,' Says Witnesses Dispute U.S. Account Of Killings

Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

Saying that Sunday's murders of 16 civilians has him at "the end of the rope," Afghan President Hamid Karzai "lashed out at the United States" today, The Associated Press reports.

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