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9:40 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Gov. Perry: 'Here we come South Carolina!!!'

Though he said last night that he would go home to reassess his bid for the presidency — a signal that he might drop out of the race — this message just popped up on the personal Twitter page of Texas Gov. Rick Perry:

"And the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State...Here we come South Carolina!!!"

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The Two-Way
9:09 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Bucking GOP, Obama Will Recess Appoint Consumer Agency Chief

Richard Cordray testifies during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in September. His nomination to head the consumer watchdog agency was blocked by Senate Republicans.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

President Obama will use what's known as a recess appointment to name Richard Cordray the head of the country's new consumer watchdog agency.

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The Two-Way
8:56 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Man Uses iPad, Not Passport, To Gain Entry To U.S.

A Canadian man has been making headlines because he used an image of his passport saved on his iPad — instead of the official document itself — to cross the U.S.-Canadian border two times.

Martin Reisch, 33, says he forgot his passport when he left for a car trip across the border in Quebec. But he had an iPad with him, and it contained a scan of his passport. So Reisch gave the device to the U.S. border officer, along with his drivers' license, and the explanation that he was merely driving to Vermont, to drop off some Christmas presents.

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Election 2012
8:35 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Not Everyone Is Basking In Iowa's Afterglow

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who got just 5 percent of the vote in Iowa's caucuses, referred to herself Tuesday as the "true conservative who can and who will defeat Barack Obama in 2012." On Wednesday, she bowed out of the race.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 2:33 pm

Iowa proved a road to victory for Mitt Romney, but it was a road to nowhere for Michele Bachmann.

"Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside," Bachmann said Wednesday at a West Des Moines news conference. The Minnesota congresswoman decided to end her 2012 presidential bid after finishing sixth in Tuesday's caucuses in Iowa — the state where she was born and where, just five months ago, she won a Republican straw poll in Ames.

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The Two-Way
8:31 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Orders To U.S. Factories Increased By 1.8 Percent In November

The United States saw an 1.8 percent uptick in orders to factories in November, marking a four-month high and signaling continued economic recovery. The Commerce Department also revised the data for Ocotber, which recorded a 0.2 percent drop.

Bloomberg reports:

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The Two-Way
8:14 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Afghan President Says He Supports Talks With Taliban

Afghanistan's president said his country would back a deal, which might allow the Taliban to open an office in Qatar where they could hold peace talks with the United States and Afghanistan.

"Afghanistan agrees with negotiations between United States of America and the Taliban which will result in the establishment of an office for Taliban in Qatar," President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday.

The AP adds:

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Election 2012
8:10 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Confident Romney, Bolstered Santorum Head To N.H.

Rick Santorum and his wife, Karen, attend a rally Tuesday night in Johnston, Iowa.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 10:33 am

The photo finish in Iowa — officially, Mitt Romney bested Rick Santorum by only eight votes — has catapulted Santorum into the front ranks of Republican presidential hopefuls.

"This is huge news for Santorum," says Charlie Arlinghaus, who directs a conservative think tank in New Hampshire. "I don't think there's a way to spin the results without saying he's the big winner tonight."

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Chinese Year Of The Dragon Postage Stamp Deemed 'Too Ferocious'

What A Difference A Year Makes: China's Year of the Dragon stamp, left, is decidedly more fearsome than last year's model, of a rabbit.
Webo/China Post

To welcome the Year of the Dragon, China's postal service plans to release commemorative postage stamps featuring the fabled beast. But many customers are finding the image to be a little over the top.

Here are some reactions cited by China's Xinhua news agency:

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Shots - Health Blog
7:57 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Calories Trump Protein For Weight Loss

A high-protein diet, without a reduction in calories, isn't a recipe for weight-loss success.
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When it comes to keeping off fat, protein sounds to some like a magic bullet.

For decades, people have been making the case that eating a lot more of it, as in the Atkins diet, or lots less of it, will change the body's metabolism, spurring weight loss.

But alas, it ain't so easy.

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Education
7:35 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Rise In Spanish Speakers Has School Trying To Adapt

Fifth-graders Miquel Vasquez, Luis Hernandez, Erica Medrano and Victor Vasquez are part of Vardaman Elementary School's growing Hispanic student population.
Annie Gilberson for NPR

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 6:52 pm

Year over year, the number of Spanish-speaking kindergarteners at Vardaman Elementary School in northeast Mississippi has been on the rise.

Census numbers show the South has the fastest-growing Hispanic population in the country. Now, Vardaman Elementary is about to become Mississippi's first predominantly Latino primary school, and that's posing special challenges when it comes to finding teachers who can help Spanish-speaking students adapt to the American classroom.

Vardaman Takes Its Own Approach

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Presidential Race
7:17 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Iowa's Caucus Results Ripple Into New Hampshire

After Mitt Romney's narrow win in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, the GOP presidential hopefuls move on to New Hampshire, where voters cast their ballots in a primary next week. For more on the Republican presidential race, Steve Inskeep speaks to NPR's Brian Naylor, who is in New Hampshire.

It's All Politics
7:07 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Michele Bachmann Ends Her Presidential Bid

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann waves from her bus after a campaign stop at Valley High School on Tuesday in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 9:41 am

Update at 11:29 p.m. ET. 'People Of Iowa Spoke':

Saying "the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice," Michele Bachmann announced she was ending her bid to become the Republican nominee for president.

Bachmann started her announcement with a litany of grievances against President Obama. She said she was inspired to run for president the day Obama passed his healthcare reform.

She knew, she said, that "Obamacare endangered the very survival of the United States of America."

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The Two-Way
6:26 am
Wed January 4, 2012

The Republican Race, Beyond Iowa

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hugs his wife, Ann, in Des Moines, Iowa.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 6:28 am

We've been helping our friends at It's All Politics on the big story of the morning, which, as you've no doubt heard, is that after a nail-biter of a night, Mitt Romney took the Iowa primary by eight votes. Rick Santorum pulled a surprising turn around to end up second.

Here's some of the territory we've covered on IAP:

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It's All Politics
6:13 am
Wed January 4, 2012

McCain Expected To Endorse Mitt Romney

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 10:26 am

Several news outlets, including the AP and The New York Times, report that Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will endorse Mitt Romney.

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It's All Politics
5:46 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Poll: Iowa Gives Santorum Small Boost In N.H.

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 10:38 am

Rick Santorum's impressive turnaround in Iowa has given him a slight boost in New Hampshire, according to a "flash" poll conducted last night.

The CNN/ORC International poll talked to 554 likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire first in December, and then last night. It found that Mitt Romney's sizable lead remained the same: 47 percent of those polled said they'd vote for him, followed by Ron Paul at 17 percent.

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It's All Politics
5:41 am
Wed January 4, 2012

'Iowa And Beyond': Listen To A Special NPR Podcast

  • Iowa And Beyond: A Special NPR Podcast

NPR News has prepared a special podcast on the first presidential contest of the year — and where the race goes from here.

The podcast includes highlights from NPR's reporting from the Iowa caucuses as well as analysis of the potential impact. You'll hear from the candidates — several of whom count themselves among the winners — plus others who are reassessing their chances. Republican caucusgoers weigh in on how they made up their minds, and we hear from Democratic caucusgoers preparing for battle in the fall.

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Media
5:38 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Iowa Race Fit Many Convenient Story Lines For Media

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the center of attention at rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 8:51 am

At the start of his show yesterday morning, MSNBC's Chuck Todd could not contain his glee: "It's caucus day. Finally! I've been waiting for this day for 3 1/2 years."

Speak for yourself, Chuck.

In the build-up to the Iowa caucuses, we heard about the ground game, the expectations game, the endorsement game, and the super PACs. And we get the justification: It's blood sport, it's a vetting process, it's a surge, it's a generous slathering of awesome on an Iowa corn dog.

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Around the Nation
5:29 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Teen Sleeps Through Stop On Southwest Airlines

Erik McBee, 15, faced a test of his survival skills. He was traveling on Southwest Airlines, and fell asleep. He slept through the landing at his destination, Tulsa. KPHO TV says he woke up in St. Louis with no contacts, no money and no phone.

Europe
5:20 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Stolen E.T. Statue Returned To Owner

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

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. A British woman had a break-in in September. Thieves stole a life-size statue of E.T., the extraterrestrial from the famous film. She thought it was gone for good until last week, when a passerby saw it floating in a river and called the police. They reunited the statue with its owner. So, a little late for the holidays, a little soggy, E.T. finally did phone home. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

It's All Politics
5:08 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Can Santorum Translate His Iowa Triumph Into N.H. Success?

Susan Carroll of Atkinson, N.H., reacts to news of a Santorum lead at a caucus-watching party at Santorum's New Hampshire campaign headquarters in Bedford. Carroll is the Santorum campaign's Tea Party liaison for the state and describes herself as the owner of a small business that offers "artistic services."
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 8:56 am

Rick Santorum's stunning finish in Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses Tuesday breathed life into his dogged campaign and had his New Hampshire supporters dreaming of a top-three spot for him in next week's Granite State primary.

But the path to a good finish in New Hampshire is not an easy one. Santorum's evangelical bona fides are bound to matter much less than in Iowa. And Mitt Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, has consistently held wide leads in preference polls.

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It's All Politics
4:55 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Iowa Offers Little Clarity For GOP Field

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks during his caucus night rally in Johnston, Iowa, on Tuesday.
Chris Carlson AP

Originally published on Wed January 4, 2012 7:50 am

You might think that after a spectacular night of political drama, one in which Mitt Romney eked out an eight-vote victory over Rick Santorum in Iowa, we might have a little more to tell you than the GOP field is just as unsettled as it was before the caucuses.

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Asia
4:48 am
Wed January 4, 2012

N. Korean Kaesong Workers Mourn Kim Jong Il

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

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Throughout this morning, we're tracking the results of Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses, where Mitt Romney edged Rick Santorum by just eight votes. We're also following other news, including developments from a country that changed its leader with no election at all.

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Election 2012
4:24 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Obama Wins Iowa's Democratic Caucuses

The Iowa caucuses — the first contest of the 2012 presidential nominating season — were held Tuesday night. President Obama was unopposed, but Democrats met in caucuses across the state for what was essentially a pep rally.

Election 2012
4:20 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Iowa Spotlight Shines On Romney, Santorum And Paul

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul were the big winners Tuesday night in the Iowa caucuses. They finished first, second and third respectively. Romney won by the narrowest of margins — eight votes.

Election 2012
4:16 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Clinton County Votes Determine Iowa Caucus Winner

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

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

About 200 miles from Des Moines, the Republican chair of Clinton County was fast asleep as state officials waited for the final votes in the caucuses. As it turns out, the final votes were needed from the second ward, second precinct, the 2-2 in Clinton County.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Election 2012
4:12 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Standing Room Only At GOP Caucus Site

The Iowa caucuses ended with Mitt Romney's extremely narrow victory over Rick Santorum. The first presidential nominating contest of 2012 played out at hundreds of sites across the state. NPR's Sonari Glinton spent the evening at the Van Meter Secondary School.

Election 2012
2:00 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Romney Begins Nominating Season With Iowa Win

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

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has been considered a front-runner in this race since before the campaign began. Yet, at the end of voting yesterday, he did no better than he had four years earlier.

NPR's Ari Shapiro was at Romney campaign headquarters in Des Moines, and walks us through that tense and dramatic evening.

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Business
2:00 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Business News

Steve Inskeep has business news.

Business
2:00 am
Wed January 4, 2012

The Last Word In Business

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

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Our last word in business today is yogurt. Actually, yogurt and beer. Maybe not a combination you want to consider first thing in the morning - or maybe ever - but those two products will be together in this year's Super Bowl.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Election 2012
2:00 am
Wed January 4, 2012

Santorum Finishes Second In Iowa Caucuses

In recent weeks a lot of polls and pundits said the Iowa caucuses might be too close to call. But nobody imagined just how close things would turn out Tuesday night in the first voting of the 2012 presidential nominating season. Mitt Romney was declared the winner by just eight votes. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum came in second.

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