8:26am

Tue January 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama Says He Enjoys Skeet Shooting; Doubtful Lawmaker Challenges Him

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 12:09 pm

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who thinks she's a better shot than the president.
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One short exchange in a long New Republic interview of President Obama has gotten much attention:

New Republic: "Have you ever fired a gun?

Obama: "Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time."

The president went on to say he has "a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations."

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7:51am

Tue January 29, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Is There A Place For The Mind In Physics? Part I

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 11:30 am

Where does the mind fit within the cosmos? Are they separate, intertwined or one and the same?
F. Comeron ESO

So I want you to do something for me. I want you to think of a blue monkey. Are you ready? OK, go! Visualize it in your head. Any kind of monkey will do (as long as it's blue). Take a moment. Really, see the little blue dude! Got it? Great. Now, here is the question: Where did that thought fit into reality? How was it real? Where was it real?

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7:35am

Tue January 29, 2013
The Two-Way

Obama: Immigration Debate Not Just Policy, 'It's About People'

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 3:35 pm

A U.S. Border Patrol Agent in September 2011, along the Mexico-Arizona border.
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  • On 'Morning Edition': Mara Liasson reports
  • On 'Morning Edition': Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.

Update at 3:06 p.m. ET. 'Now Is The Time':

Talking to an audience in Las Vegas, an upbeat President Obama said that "now is the time" for "common sense comprehensive immigration reform."

While Obama echoed the pillars of immigration reform presented by a bipartisan group of senators on Monday, he also made an emotional plea for reform.

"What makes somebody American," he said, "is not just blood or birth, but allegiance to our founding principles."

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7:03am

Tue January 29, 2013
First Reads

Exclusive First Read: 'The Dinner,' By Herman Koch

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 10:41 am

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Herman Koch's new novel The Dinner is a meal that may give you indigestion, but you'll relish the burn. The book begins with two couples meeting for dinner in a posh Amsterdam restaurant: Paul Lohman, the entertainingly bilious narrator, his brother Serge, a rising politician almost certain to become prime minister in the next election, and their wives. But the dinner conversation is grim, even shocking. Each couple has a teenage son, and the two boys have committed a ghastly crime — a crime that's been captured on grainy viral video.

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7:03am

Tue January 29, 2013
New In Paperback

Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Teen Lust, Gothic Fright And A History Of Introverts

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 11:03 am

In One Person by John Irving
Courtesy Simon & Schuster

Fiction and nonfiction releases from John Irving, Denise Mina, David Maraniss, Robert Kagan and Susan Cain.



Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

7:03am

Tue January 29, 2013
Book Reviews

Separating Man From Myth In 'The First Muslim'

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Viewed through the lens of dogmatic perversions in the Soviet Union and China, communism is often seen as the antithesis of American society; an atheistic dystopia founded by Karl Marx, one of the post-Enlightenment's wayward secular philosophers. But Marx came from a deeply religious background — generations of rabbis on both sides — and his original motivation lay in that most Christian of principles: helping humanity's downtrodden.

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5:10am

Tue January 29, 2013
Politics

Senators Unveil Plan To Fix Immigration System

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 8:36 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

This week, talk of new immigration laws serves as a reminder that timing is everything. Wait until after a momentous election and it becomes possible to discuss an issue that previously seemed impossible.

INSKEEP: In this quiet week between the government's ongoing fiscal storms, President Obama today unveils an immigration plan.

MONTAGNE: A bipartisan group of senators has already made a proposal.

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5:10am

Tue January 29, 2013
Politics

Sen. Flake Comments On Immigration Overhaul

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 8:36 am

An immigration plan announced Monday by a bipartisan group of senators would create a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country and overhaul legal immigration. It also calls for improved border security and better tracking of individuals in the U.S. on visas. Steve Inskeep talks with one of the senators behind the plan, Republican Jeff Flake from Arizona.

5:10am

Tue January 29, 2013
Business

Yahoo Earnings Beat Wall Street Expectations

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 8:36 am

While CEO Marissa Mayer is getting praise, it's unclear which part of Yahoo's business, if any, will turn the once-flagging company around. Yahoo is making more money from users clicking ads while searching but less money on display ads.

5:10am

Tue January 29, 2013
Media

Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes Redesigns 'New Republic'

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 12:58 pm

North Carolina-born Chris Hughes attended Harvard University, where he shared a room with his Facebook co-founder, Mark Zuckerberg. He bought a majority stake in the venerable magazine The New Republic in 2012, and is the magazine's publisher and editor-in-chief.
Jason Gardner The New Republic

Chris Hughes, 29, is the co-founder of Facebook, a former adviser to the Obama campaign, and now the publisher of the 98-year-old magazine The New Republic.

He's facing the same challenges other print media owners do: how to marry in-depth news articles with screens that seem to be getting smaller and smaller. Hughes tells NPR's Steve Inskeep it's a task he's prepared to tackle.

Interview Highlights

On redesigning to fit the way we read

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