5:52am

Sun March 17, 2013
Middle East

Low Bar Set For Obama's Mideast Trip

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 9:15 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin.

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5:52am

Sun March 17, 2013
Politics

Week In Politics: Budgets, Gay Marriage And A Straw Poll

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:32 am

Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mara Liasson about the past week's political news, including the latest in the budget debate and Sen. Rob Portman's reversal on same-sex marriage.

5:52am

Sun March 17, 2013
Politics

Planning Trips Worthy Of A President

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:32 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

President Obama's trip to Israel presents all sorts of diplomatic difficulties, as we've heard. And there are plenty of logistical challenges too. That's a job for the White House advance team, responsible for planning and executing every scheduling and security detail of the president's trips at home and abroad, down to the minute.

Spencer Geissinger served eight years as President George W. Bush's advance man. His travels took him to over 98 foreign countries. He gave us a sense of what the work entails.

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5:52am

Sun March 17, 2013
Middle East

Reframing The Argument: Brokering Middle East Peace

Originally published on Sun March 24, 2013 9:16 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Palestinian scholar Rashid Khalidi has closely watched the role of the United States as mediator in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his new book "Brokers of Deceit," he argues that U.S. involvement has made the goal of a lasting peace less attainable than ever. Rashid Khalidi is with us now from our studios in New York.

Welcome to the program.

RASHID KHALIDI: Thank you, Rachel.

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3:29am

Sun March 17, 2013
Sunday Puzzle

Take Your Pics

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 11:32 am

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On-air challenge: Every answer is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with the letters P-I and the second word starts with C. For example, given "One of 27 compositions by Mozart" you would say "(Pi)ano (C)oncerto."

Last week's challenge: Think of two familiar three-word sayings in which all three words are the same length. The middle word in both sayings is the same. In each saying, the first and last words rhyme with each other. What two sayings are these?

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5:56pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Iraq

The Iraq War: 10 Years Later, Where Do We Stand?

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 10:32 am

Traffic drives through Tahrir Square in central Baghdad on Wednesday. Ten years after the start of the war, bullet holes still mark buildings, and towers wrecked by U.S. missiles and tank shells have not been fully rebuilt.
Hadi Mizban AP

Ten years ago this Tuesday, the U.S. invaded Iraq, and by any count — and there have been many — the toll has been devastating.

So far, about 4,400 U.S. troops and more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed, and the combined costs of the war come to an astounding $2 trillion, including future commitments like veteran care.

So where do we stand today?

Stephen Hadley was the national security adviser under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009, and part of the White House team that helped sell the war to the public.

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5:03pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Author Interviews

Hatmaker Philip Treacy's Favorite Hat, And Many More

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 10:32 am

In the studio, Feb. 10, 1999
Kevin Davies Phaidon

In 2011, Irish milliner Philip Treacy made waves across the world when he designed 36 different hats for the royal wedding. Remember Princess Beatrice's unforgettable hat? Treacy made that.

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5:03pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Politics

Annual Conservative Gathering Questions GOP's Direction

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 10:32 am

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JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

If you're just joining us, this is WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Jacki Lyden.

As we just heard, longtime Republican Senator Rob Portman's position on gay marriage has evolved. Of course, gay marriage is one of the social issues that was front and center at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference, otherwise known as CPAC. It's the annual gathering of the most conservative wing of the Republican Party.

NPR's national political correspondent Don Gonyea has been at CPAC, and he joins me now. Hi there, Don.

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4:16pm

Sat March 16, 2013
Sports

From Tweeting To Meeting Lance Armstrong

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 10:34 am

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong invited sportswriter Michael McCann to his Texas home for a three-hour interview.
Nathalie Magniez AFP/Getty Images

Writer Michael McCann is a legal analyst for Sports Illustrated. He's been covering Lance Armstrong's legal issues for the past year, following the allegations that Armstrong doped and used performance-enhancing drugs.

McCann regularly responds to readers' questions on Twitter, too. About a month ago, he tells All Things Considered host Jacki Lyden, he had a new follower: @LanceArmstrong. It was the former cycling champion himself.

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11:54am

Sat March 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Tourist Reportedly Gang-Raped In India

Originally published on Sun March 17, 2013 7:54 am

A Swiss woman cycling with her husband in India was allegedly beaten and gang-raped, police say. It's the latest high-profile sexual assault in a nation that's facing intense pressure to increase its protections for women.

The couple was on a cycling tour from Mumbai to New Delhi when they were attacked Friday night. The New York Times continues the story:

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