5:11am

Sat August 10, 2013
Parallels

Swiss Approach To Asylum-Seekers Stirs Controversy

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 12:16 pm

The center for asylum-seekers in Bremgarten, Switzerland. There is controversy over rules in the town that would keep asylum-seekers away from public places.
Alesxandra Wey EPA /LANDOV

Swiss officials are attracting attention with a plan in one town to segregate asylum seekers from the rest of the population.

The town of Bremgarten will ban them from entering public swimming pools, playing fields, libraries — even a church.

Mayor Raymond Tellenbach told German broadcaster ARD: "We have decided on security grounds not to allow access to these areas, to prevent conflict and guard against possible drug use."

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5:11am

Sat August 10, 2013
It's All Politics

2014 Senate Math Favors Republicans But Primary Battles Loom

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) greets supporters during the 133rd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013.
Stephen Lance Dennee AP

Republican dreams of a U.S. Senate takeover have been shattered in recent elections by a collection of "unelectable" nominees — the term of art used by political pros to refer to not-ready-for-prime-time candidates whose extreme views doomed their chances with mainstream voters.

There was Delaware's Christine "I'm Not A Witch" O'Donnell, and Nevada's Sharron "Some Latinos Look More Asian To Me" Angle in 2010.

Last year's contests starred Indiana's Richard "Rape Pregnancies Are A Gift From God" Mourdock, and Missouri's Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin.

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5:09am

Sat August 10, 2013
National Security

Kerry, Hagel Aim To Ease U.S.-Russian Tensions

Originally published on Sun August 11, 2013 7:43 am

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, left, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, walk to their news conference at the Russian Embassy in Washington on Friday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with their Russian counterparts for talks in Washington on Friday, aiming to repair strained relations with Moscow.

President Obama snubbed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday when he called off plans to go to Moscow next month for a one-on-one summit. He was reacting to Russia's offer of temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

But on Friday, the diplomats seemed eager to show that the dispute is not some new sort of cold war.

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4:38am

Sat August 10, 2013
Code Switch

Why Didn't The Store Just Let Oprah Buy The $38,000 Handbag?

On the list of things to be outraged about at the moment, I'll admit this isn't at the top: The Swiss tourism office apologized to Oprah on Friday because she wasn't allowed to buy a $38,000 designer handbag while recently shopping in Switzerland. Poor lil' Oprah. *sad face*

It does make me wonder, though, can you ever be rich enough or famous enough or beautiful enough to not be racially profiled while shopping?

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4:37am

Sat August 10, 2013
Sports

Bocce Ball: From Old-World Sport To New-School Phenomenon

Talbot Martin plays bocce ball at the Washington bar and restaurant Vendetta.
Hayley Bartels NPR

On the corner of H and 12 streets, across from the auto parts store sits a decently sized Italian restaurant and bar called Vendetta. Inside, there's a wooden bar and brick walls salvaged from churches in upstate New York and Maryland, and authentic Italian advertisements line the walls. Upstairs, old restored Italian Vespas hang from the ceiling.

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7:28pm

Fri August 9, 2013
It's All Politics

Obama's Challenge: Answer Snowden Without Seeming To

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 7:40 pm

President Obama sought to address concerns over NSA surveillance measures at a White House news conference on Friday.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Heading into Friday's news conference, President Obama had a delicate balancing act before him: how to acknowledge widespread concerns about National Security Agency surveillance without in any way legitimizing the actions of leaker Edward Snowden.

The best course, the president decided, was to acknowledge that Snowden's revelations to some degree forced his administration to accelerate and expand a review of the federal government's surveillance activities.

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6:40pm

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. To Open Most Embassies Shuttered By Terrorist Threat

Eighteen of the 19 diplomatic missions that were shuttered this week because of a terror threat will reopen this Sunday, the State Department said.

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6:38pm

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

ITC Says Samsung Infringed On Apple Patents

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 7:18 pm

A woman talks on an iPhone as she walks past construction of a new Apple store in Berlin in April.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

U.S. trade officials have ruled that South Korea's Samsung infringed on patents owned by Apple for specific smartphone features, ratcheting up a tit-for-tat legal battle between the two electronics giants that is matched only by the ferocity of their marketplace competition.

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6:02pm

Fri August 9, 2013
Politics

Transcript: President Obama's News Conference

A transcript of President Obama's Aug. 9 news conference, as released by the White House:

THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Please have a seat.

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6:00pm

Fri August 9, 2013
The Two-Way

5 Things To Know About The Legal Reasoning For Surveillance

The National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Md.
Saul Loeb Getty Images

After Obama proposed reforms to some surveillance programs run by the NSA, the Justice Department issued a long-awaited white paper (pdf) on the legal reasoning for the bulk collection of telephone records.

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