7:03am

Thu January 3, 2013
Best Books Of 2012

Well-Versed: Five Poets With Punch

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 9:58 am

Nishant Choksi

Looking over this past year, it may help to think of this list less as a "best of" than a shoutout to five poets whose work you may know — or should if you don't. All these recent books seem to me deeply personal, but not simply so — they manage to make metaphor from what happened, which is after all one of the poet's chief jobs. Here are five books of transformation, channeling love, loss, history and language.

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6:45am

Thu January 3, 2013
It's All Politics

Was Boehner's Fiscal Cliff End Run Past GOP The New Normal?

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio (right), and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., enter a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

By letting the House take up the Senate's fiscal cliff-dodging legislation that raises income tax rates on the wealthiest earners, Speaker John Boehner answered affirmatively a question that had been on many minds: Would he allow an up-or-down floor vote on a bill opposed by most fellow House Republicans?

Until the New Year's Day vote, Boehner had generally operated the House under what was known as the Hastert Rule. Named for former Speaker Dennis Hastert, it required a "majority of the majority" to support legislation before the speaker approved a floor vote.

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6:27am

Thu January 3, 2013
Around the Nation

Mackinac Island Worries About Preserving Main St.

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 6:47 am

Michigan's Mackinac Island was fought over by France, England and the United States. The 200-year-old city in northern Lake Huron is a popular tourist destination. But the demolition of old buildings has raised a fierce debate about how to hold onto the past while profiting from it.

5:30am

Thu January 3, 2013
Analysis

Does John Boehner Cause Problems For Himself?

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 7:02 am

Steve Inskeep talks to Robert Costa, Washington editor of the National Review, about the trials of House Speaker John Boehner. What makes it hard for Boehner to control the Republican caucus?

5:30am

Thu January 3, 2013
Television

Al Gore's Current TV Sold To Al Jazeera

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 6:49 am

The acquisition gives Al Jazeera, which is financed by the Qatari government, access to an American TV audience. The new channel, Al Jazeera America, will be based in New York. Current TV was founded in 2004 by former Vice President Al Gore.

5:30am

Thu January 3, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 7:28 am

The credit-ratings agency Moody's said this weeks' deficit reduction deal did not produce "meaningful improvement" to the issue at hand. That issue: the debt burden and economic output. Moody's warned that if improvements were not made, the agency could downgrade the U.S. credit rating.

5:30am

Thu January 3, 2013
Business

Skirmishes Over Taxes, Spending Are Ahead

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 6:54 am

David Greene talks to Wall David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about what the "fiscal cliff" deal did not accomplish, and what fiscal tasks face the new Congress.

5:30am

Thu January 3, 2013
Around the Nation

Wind Power Changes Landscape In Multiple Ways

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 7:22 am

The "fiscal cliff" deal leaves in place tax subsidies for the wind power industry for at least one more year. Windmills have dramatically changed the picture of the Midwest. Wind has also changed the landscape economically and politically.

5:30am

Thu January 3, 2013
Around the Nation

Farmers Frustrated By Farm Bill Extension

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 7:09 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And I'm David Greene.

Farmers and ranchers across this country expected to start the year with a new farm bill in place. This is an important piece of legislation to many people. It sets agricultural policy for the next five years.

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5:30am

Thu January 3, 2013
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 7:35 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And that brings us to today's last word in business: melty money.

The Bank of Canada released new hundred dollar bills in 2011. The high-tech bank notes are made of polymers. They're sort of like plastic bills. The goal was to make them indestructible. They were put through a lot of tests. They were put through the wash, frozen, boiled. But some Canadians who have their hands on the money say the plastic bills melt when subjected to extreme heat.

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