6:10am

Thu January 31, 2013
Politics

Government Spending Debate Affects Politics, Economy

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:31 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

That sharp drop in government spending that put the squeeze on the economy last quarter, as we just heard, is likely to be repeated. This spring, the government is set to make additional cuts to spending, including defense, unless lawmakers agree on a different plan. So far there's little agreement in Washington about the optimum size or shape of government spending.

NPR's Scott Horsley joins us now to talk about this in our Business Bottom Line. Good morning, Scott.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Good morning, Renee.

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6:10am

Thu January 31, 2013
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:36 am

BlackBerry has unveiled a new smarthphone that it hopes will woo back the many customers it lost in the past few years. Among its strategies, the company appointed singer Alicia Keys as its global creative director. But in the last few days Keys was found to be tweeting from an iPhone, one of BlackBerry's big rivals.

6:10am

Thu January 31, 2013
Business

Economists Shrug Off Weak U.S. Growth Rate

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:11 am

The economy shrank a bit in the fourth quarter and analysts are trying to figure out why. It's clear that declines in business inventories and government spending played a role, but was the real problem the narrowly averted fiscal cliff?

6:10am

Thu January 31, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:08 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with advertisers liking Facebook.

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MONTAGNE: Facebook says its mobile advertising business nearly doubled from the third to fourth quarter of 2012. As a whole, the company's ad business grew at its fastest rate since it went public last May.

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5:16am

Thu January 31, 2013
Planet Money

Should Gun Owners Have To Buy Liability Insurance?

Originally published on

George Frey Getty Images

Note: We originally published a version of this post a few weeks ago. We are republishing it now to coincide with our story airing today on Morning Edition.

All kinds of proposals to reduce gun violence have been floated recently. One idea that has gotten the attention of economists is liability insurance. Most states require car owners to have liability insurance to cover damages their vehicles cause to others; some economists think we should require the same of gun owners.

We reached out to a few economists to get their thoughts.

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4:16am

Thu January 31, 2013
Business

Boeing Contract Offer Could Prompt Engineers Strike

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 2:18 pm

A Boeing 787 under construction inside a production facility at a Boeing plant in Everett, Wash., last year.
Susan Walsh AP

Boeing is scrambling to figure out why batteries malfunctioned on its 787, prompting officials to ground the airplane this month. And at a time when Boeing most needs its skilled engineers, they're weighing a possible strike. Union leaders are considering the company's final contract offer.

The standoff between Boeing and about 23,000 engineers and technicians — mostly in the Seattle region — has been brewing for months. Dozens of them recently packed a union hall south of Seattle for training in how to run a picket line.

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3:18am

Thu January 31, 2013
It's All Politics

Cabinet Picks Show A Shift In How U.S. Wages War

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 8:34 am

President Obama shakes hands with his nominee to head the Defense Department, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, at the White House on Jan. 7. John Brennan, Obama's choice for director of the CIA, looks on.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Chuck Hagel, who spent more than a decade in the Senate asking witnesses questions at hearings, will be the one answering them Thursday as his confirmation hearing to be secretary of defense begins.

His hearing follows that of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who was confirmed this week to be secretary of state.

Kerry and Hagel have a prominent biographical detail in common: service in Vietnam.

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3:17am

Thu January 31, 2013
Sports

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Colin Kaepernick?

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 7:55 pm

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick throws before the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 20.
David Goldman AP

There's always a question surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Years ago, people wondered whether the talented athlete would be good enough to start in college.

Then there was the question of what role he would play in the NFL. And after the 49ers took him, fans questioned whether he could throw enough to be more than a backup.

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3:01am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Checkout: Live

Jaleel Shaw Quartet: Live At Berklee

Originally published on Tue March 12, 2013 1:23 pm

Jaleel Shaw.
Michael Borgida Berklee College of Music

Alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw keeps good company. He tours with Roy Haynes, the living legend of jazz drums. He grew up in the Philadelphia music community, where new creative ferment in black pop music abutted multiple generations of jazz elders. He knows the music of Charles Mingus quite well from playing in the Mingus Big Band.

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2:17am

Thu January 31, 2013
Live At The Village Vanguard

Chris Potter Quartet: Live At The Village Vanguard

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 1:55 pm

Chris Potter (center) performs live at the Village Vanguard.
John Rogers for NPR johnrogersnyc.com

The history of jazz is often told as a sequence of epic heroes, legends whose careers proceed from one great accomplishment to another. Coincidentally, the saxophonist Chris Potter, bright-toned and gymnastically powerful, has been reading Homer lately. That's inspired his latest suite of compositions, a collection of tuneful numbers based on The Odyssey. The Sirens is geared largely around a quartet of widely admired musicians, not least of whom is Potter himself.

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