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Mitt Romney
12:01 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Five Things You May Not Know About Mitt Romney

A button from George Romney's 1968 Republican campaign for president.

Will the conventional take on Mitt Romney – that he aims to please everyone – take him to the convention in 2012 and on to the Republican presidential nomination?

Time will tell.

For now, the electorate is getting acquainted (and reacquainted) with the man who has seemingly been in the spotlight his whole life.

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The Two-Way
11:45 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Kansas Gov.: Teen Doesn't Need To Apologize For Tweet

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R).
John Hanna AP

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 12:41 pm

There's no need for 18-year-old Emma Sullivan to apologize and his staff overreacted by telling officials at her high school that the teen had tweeted about how the governor "sucked," Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) said today.

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The Two-Way
11:28 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Judge Blocks Citigroup, SEC Settlement

A man walks by a Citibank branch at the U.S. bank Citigroup world headquarters on Park Avenue, in New York in 2008.
Emmanuel Dunand AFP/Getty Images

A United States District Court judge in Manhattan has thrown a wrench into the way the Security and Exchange Commission has been enforcing its fraud cases.

Judge Jed S. Rakoff threw out a $285 million settlement deal between the S.E.C. and Citigroup in which the bank would not admit nor deny wrongdoing in a mortgage derivatives deal.

Rakoff said he would not OK the settlement because he did not know the facts of the case and it was "neither fair, nor reasonable, nor adequate, nor in the public interest" for him to do so.

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Economy
11:23 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Black Friday Sales Suggest A Strong Cyber Monday

Workers process orders at an Amazon.com fulfillment center n Swansea, Wales, as they prepare for their busiest time of the year.
Matt Cardy Getty Images

Shoppers stormed retail stores this past weekend, and now on Cyber Monday, many are clicking their way to more purchases.

"I am definitely a price-based shopper," said Sarah Kelly, a 28-year-old Washington, D.C., resident who bought a KitchenAid mixer Monday morning as a holiday gift. She also bought shoes, clothes and other presents after waking early to search for online coupons and shipping offers. "I only purchase if the shipping is free," she said.

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Music Interviews
11:12 am
Mon November 28, 2011

'Moves Like Jagger': The Making Of Maroon 5's Mega-Hit

Adam Levine (center) and the rest of Maroon 5.
Matt Beard

The song "Moves Like Jagger" has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for five months — it peaked at No. 1 and is still holding on at No. 5. The band behind the song is Maroon 5, led by singer and songwriter Adam Levine, who also works as a coach on the TV singing competition The Voice.

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The Two-Way
11:08 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Report: Fed Committed $7.77 Trillion To Rescue Banks

Bloomberg ran quite a story, yesterday. It stems from a Freedom of Information Act Request that yielded the details of previously secret borrowing from the federal government to the biggest banks.

The bottom line, reports Bloomberg, by March of 2009, the Fed had committed $7.77 trillion "to rescuing the financial system, more than half the value of everything produced in the U.S. that year." The lending began in August of 2007.

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Around the Nation
10:22 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Feds Seize 150 Websites In Counterfeit Crackdown

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 12:21 pm

Federal authorities announced Monday that they have seized the domain names of 150 websites accused of selling counterfeit or pirated merchandise.

Agents from the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI coordinated the effort for "Cyber Monday," the day that for many shoppers kicks off the online holiday shopping season.

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Remembrances
10:03 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Controversial Film Director Ken Russell Dead At 84

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The acclaimed, eccentric, and very polarizing British film director Ken Russell has died, after a series of strokes at the age of 84.

The director of Tommy, Women In Love and Altered States, Russell was known for a florid style and fascination with sadomasochism that earned him condemnations and a cult following. His adaptations of classic literature and over-the-top biopics ranged from perverse to merely provocative — and an indelible nickname: "Kinky Ken Russell."

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NPR Story
10:02 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Military's Brain-Testing Program A Debacle

Dr. Alex Dromerick co-directs the Brain Research Center at the National Rehabilitation Hospital. Here he observes Stephen Jones, a policeman who was involved in a motorcycle accident.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Fri December 2, 2011 2:20 pm

The U.S. military has spent more than $42 million to test every service member's brain to find out who suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But an investigation by NPR and ProPublica has found that military leaders are refusing to carry out the testing program as Congress ordered. Partly as a result, the program that was supposed to fix things has hardly helped any of the troops.

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The Salt
9:45 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Soybeans May Have Fed Asia Earlier Than Thought

Soybean farmers in Xiangfan, in central China's Hubei province.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue November 29, 2011 12:39 pm

It's funny how the birthplace of one little bean can stir up a world of passions. But when it's the soybean, maybe it's not such a shocker.

Soy plays an outsized role in human history, serving as the primary source of protein in Asia for millennia. That can slip by people in the United States, where — until very recently — the super-nutritious bean was relegated to animal feed.

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The Two-Way
9:45 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Markets Rally On European Debt News, Black Friday Sales

At point today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 2.9 percent to 11,554. The rally comes after news that European leaders had made progress on a solution to the sovereign debt crisis and record sales this past Friday.

It also comes after a 4.8 percent downturn last week, the worst Thanksgiving week since the markets started observing the holiday in 1942.

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Shots - Health Blog
9:41 am
Mon November 28, 2011

To Get Kids Vaccinated, Some Pediatricians OK With Delays

Anxious parents sometimes ask the pediatrician if they can postpone vaccines for young children. And a new survey suggests quite a few doctors go along with the requests, despite standing recommendations they stick to a strict schedule.

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The Two-Way
8:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Reports: Rep. Barney Frank Won't Be Running For Re-Election

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).
Mark Wilson Getty Images

WBUR in Boston reports it has confirmed that Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) will not seek re-election in 2012.

CNN says that "Frank, a 16-term Democrat, will announce Monday he does not intend to seek re-election in 2012, according to a statement from [his] office."

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The Two-Way
7:45 am
Mon November 28, 2011

At Occupy LA: Some Arrests, But 'Mostly Peaceful'

Earlier today in Los Angeles: An Occupy LA" protester on the street in front of city hall.
Michal Czerwonka Getty Images

"Police arrested several people early Monday at the Occupy L.A. demonstration outside City Hall, but then the commotion quickly died down," the Los Angeles Times reports.

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The Two-Way
7:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Holiday Sales Have Strong Start, Will The Trend Continue?

Black Friday at Macy's in Manhattan: Shoppers lined up.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

The news that the holiday shopping season got a strong start on its unofficial launch day — Black Friday — has helped push stock index futures up sharply this morning.

After all, if American consumers are indeed feeling good this holiday season, that would be very welcome news for an economy still struggling to produce jobs. Stronger demand, in theory, should eventually put pressure on businesses to add to their workforces.

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The Two-Way
6:15 am
Mon November 28, 2011

'We Do Not Tolerate Abuse,' Syracuse Chancellor Says As She Fires Coach

Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine during a game in March 2009. He was fired Sunday.
Jim McIsaac Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 6:53 am

The news from Syracuse University concerning child molestation allegations against assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine — which he denies — took several dramatic turns Sunday.

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The Two-Way
5:30 am
Mon November 28, 2011

'Rage' In Pakistan, Deep Concern In U.S. After NATO Attack

Pakistani boys in Lahore joined in a protest Sunday about the NATO attacks that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Arif Ali AFP/Getty Images

The foreign minister says there is "rage" in Pakistan about the NATO airstrike over the weekend that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers near the border with Afghanistan.

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Around the Nation
5:18 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Texas Sure Has Some Strange Town Names

Texans don't have to leave the state to visit Paris or Port-au-Prince. Just the most exotic among the state's many colorful town names which were dug up by the San Antonio Express-News. There's Uncertain, Texas, and also Nameless. Its founders gave up on a name after the postmaster rejected several choices.

Around the Nation
5:09 am
Mon November 28, 2011

High School Tweeter Won't Apologize To Kansas Gov.

Emma Sullivan, who wrote a disparaging tweet about Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, said Sunday that she is rejecting her high school principal's demand for a written apology.

The Two-Way
4:45 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Egypt's Historic Day Begins Peacefully, Turnout High For Elections

An Egyptian woman shows her ink-stained finger after voting at a polling station in the Manial neighborhood of Cairo earlier today (Nov. 28, 2011).
Mahmud Hams AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 1:06 pm

Voting has begun in Egypt, where the nation's first parliamentary elections are being held since the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak's regime nine months ago.

So far, according to reports from NPR, The Associated Press and other news outlets, turnout is high and things are going well — a relief after last week's protests in major cities and the violent response to them from authorities.

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Politics
3:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Obama Office Alters More Federal Rules Than Bush

Cass Sunstein is the director of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. A new study finds that the office has altered more federal regulations under President Obama than it did under George W. Bush.
AP

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 4:26 pm

Tucked away in a corner of the White House's Old Executive Office Building, an office that most people have never heard of affects millions of Americans' lives. It's the last hurdle that every proposed regulation must surmount before seeing the light of day. And a new study of this obscure part of the government suggests that President Obama is altering more of those regulations than President George W. Bush did.

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Africa
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Egyptians Cast Ballots In 1st Stage Of Parliamentary Elections

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 3:26 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's turn to the Egyptian port city of Alexandria, where hundreds of women lined up at one polling center this morning.

(SOUNDBITE OF CROWD CHATTER)

MONTAGNE: For many in this women's line, this is the first election in which they feel their choice will count. We reached NPR's Soraya Sorhadi Nelson in Alexandria. Good morning.

SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: And generally speaking, what are you seeing at polling stations there in Alexandria?

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Around the Nation
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Calif. High Speed Rail Isn't Quick To Take Off

The dream of high speed rail in California is running into tough realities. Cost estimates have more than doubled — to nearly $100 billion — since the project was approved by voters in 2008. The date of completion has been pushed back to 2030.

Africa
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

After Violent Campaign, Congo Voters Cast Ballots

The Democratic Republic of Congo holds elections for president and parliament Monday. These are the second elections since a long dictatorship ended in 1997. Elections held in 2006 represented a transition to democracy.

Analysis
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Politics In The News

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 4:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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Africa
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Voting Begins In Egypt's Parliamentary Elections

Egyptians in Cairo and Alexandria are among those voting today in the first stage of parliamentary elections. These are the first elections since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted. Two other stages are scheduled for December and January.

Europe
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Desperate Young Briton Looks For Work In Hull

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 9:48 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We've been hearing a lot about the economic meltdown affecting a string of European countries, and the sort of tough austerity measures that they're now facing. Britain was among the first to embrace a tough austerity program. And now, the economy is stalled. Unemployment is going up. Young people are hit hardest of all - one in five is now out of work. NPR's Philip Reeves spent a day with one of those jobless Britons, a young man named Dean Smith.

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Movies
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

Swede Fest Attracts Hollywood Blockbuster Remakes

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The new movie "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" made more money at the box office over the holiday weekend, beating new releases like "The Muppets" and "Arthur Christmas." Now, going to the movies is fun, but for some fans it's not enough to simply watch the action. They want an interactive experience. In fact, they want to be the stars. NPR's Travis Larchuk explains.

TRAVIS LARCHUK}, BYLINE: All right. So here's a scene from the movie "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World."

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD")

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Asia
2:00 am
Mon November 28, 2011

NATO Strike Adds To Damaged U.S.-Pakistani Ties

Originally published on Mon November 28, 2011 4:38 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NATO has promised a thorough investigation into the attack, which killed those 24 Pakistani soldiers. NPR's Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman is on the line with the latest information. Good morning.

TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

MONTAGNE: So, we've just heard a version of events from Pakistan. What are you hearing from your sources about what happened?

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