5:03pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Movie Reviews

WikiLeaks Gets A Hollywood Gloss In 'Fifth Estate'

Benedict Cumberbatch (left), sporting the white-blond mop of the real Julian Assange, and Daniel Bruhl, who plays Daniel Domscheit-Berg, take on the story of WikiLeaks in The Fifth Estate.
Frank Connor DreamWorks II

The saga of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks is too large a data dump for a two-hour drama. Yet director Bill Condon seeks to complicate as well as simplify in The Fifth Estate, an entertaining if inevitably unreliable current events romp.

The opening credits present a pocket history of textual communication, from cuneiform to the Internet. Condon, who took a similarly breathless approach with Kinsey, is announcing that his subject is nothing less than how the Web transformed communication.

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5:03pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Movie Reviews

In 'All Is Lost,' Plenty To Be Found

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 3:40 pm

Robert Redford plays the sole character in All Is Lost; a man who is stranded at sea, on a badly damaged boat — and completely on his own.
Daniel Daza Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate

Other than a single shouted expletive toward the end of All Is Lost, the only words we hear from its central character — a sailor adrift alone on the Indian Ocean — come right at the beginning, in a note of apology to unknown recipients for unspecified sins.

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5:03pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Politics

With One Pair Of Crises Behind Him, Obama Looks Forward

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 5:54 pm

As the government reopened Thursday morning, President Obama had a simple message for its workers: Thank you. For Congress he had another message: Let's not do this again. Obama tried to rise above the fracas of the past few weeks and talk about his view on the role of government.

5:03pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Politics

The Road To Government Shutdown Was Paved By Summer Activism

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 5:54 pm

The twin fiscal crises resolved late Wednesday night were born in the slow days of summer — not anywhere in the Capitol, where the drama played out, but in the offices of Heritage Action, a conservative activist group that wanted to end funding for the president's health care law. With the help of an ambitious new Texas senator, the group staged a series of town hall-style meetings around the country, and the Defund Obamacare movement was born.

5:03pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Politics

Shutdown Shows Republican Party More Splintered Than Ever

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 5:54 pm

Robert Siegel speaks with author Sam Tanenhaus of The New York Times about the status and state of the GOP after the government shutdown, debt ceiling battle and fiscal crisis.

4:59pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 5:35 pm

Katherine Streeter for NPR

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.

During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a study of mice found.

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4:38pm

Thu October 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Will Nominate Jeh Johnson To Head Homeland Security

Jeh Johnson in June of 2012.
Alex Wong Getty Images

President Obama will nominate attorney Jeh Johnson to be the next Homeland Security secretary.

Johnson recently served as the Pentagon's top lawyer.

Obama will announce his pick at 2 p.m. Friday, NPR's Scott Horsley tells us.

The Department of Homeland Security is currently without a leader. Former Secretary Janet Napolitano ended her stint six weeks ago. She left to become the president of the University of California system.

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4:13pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Economy

Economists Fear 'Flying Blind' Without Government Data

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 4:51 pm

The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, D.C., where the federal government shutdown left policymakers without key economic data.
J. David Ake AP

Talk to economists about the government shutdown's impact on their forecasts and you'll hear this phrase again and again:

Flying blind.

For economists and investors, "at this moment, we are flying blind," said Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the Federal Reserve and now president of Greenspan Associates LLC, a consulting firm.

Greenspan is not alone in feeling a little lost without the compass of government reports.

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4:10pm

Thu October 17, 2013
It's All Politics

4 Things To Know About Cory Booker's Election

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 5:26 pm

Sen.-elect Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., talks to supporters during his victory party Wednesday night. Booker was elected to fill the seat of the late Frank Lautenberg.
Julio Cortez AP

Cory Booker's victory Wednesday in New Jersey's special Senate election didn't surprise anyone.

From the moment he captured the Democratic nomination in the reliably blue state, the Newark mayor was the heavy favorite to defeat Republican Steve Lonegan.

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3:59pm

Thu October 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

How The GOP's Shutdown Over Obamacare Fell Short

Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 5:44 pm

Susan and Jack Cooper of Richardson, Texas, demonstrate against the government shutdown in Dallas this month.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Remember how that fight over the budget was all about Obamacare?

Seems like ancient history now, but House Republicans ostensibly shut down the government 17 days ago, demanding first a defunding, and, when that failed, a year's delay in the health law.

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