5:06am

Thu November 15, 2012
Politics

Obama Takes Questions From Reporters Wednesday

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 7:17 am

President Obama continues to insist that any agreement to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff next year must include higher taxes on the wealthy. But Obama left the door open to structuring that tax increase in various ways. He's hoping to strike a bargain with congressional Republicans that would prevent a broader tax hike on the middle class that could send the country back into recession.

4:05am

Thu November 15, 2012
Politics

Obama's Visit To Myanmar: Too Much, Too Soon?

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 8:15 pm

A newspaper with a front-page photo of President Obama is displayed at a press house in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, on Thursday, ahead of Obama's visit.
Soe Than Win AFP/Getty Images

When President Obama sets off to Asia this weekend to highlight his so-called pivot to the region, he will make a bit of history: Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit Myanmar.

The country, also known as Burma, was a pariah state for decades, ruled by a ruthless military dictatorship. That is changing, and the Obama administration has encouraged a dramatic reform process in the country. But it may be too early for a victory lap.

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4:04am

Thu November 15, 2012
Planet Money

Why Coke Cost A Nickel For 70 Years

Originally published on Mon November 19, 2012 2:04 pm

An oilcloth sign advertising Coca-Cola from 1905.
The Coca-Cola Company

Prices change; that's fundamental to how economies work.

And yet: In 1886, a bottle of Coke cost a nickel. It was also a nickel in 1900, 1915 and 1930. In fact, 70 years after the first Coke was sold, you could still buy a bottle for a nickel.

Three wars, the Great Depression, hundreds of competitors — none of it made any difference for the price of Coke. Why not?

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12:00am

Thu November 15, 2012
The Two-Way

As Xi Jinping Takes Top Post In China, Hopes Of Reform Fade

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 9:10 am

Chinese leader Xi Jinping earlier today in Beijing.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images
  • Louisa Lim on 'Morning Edition'

Though new Chinese leader Xi Jinping "didn't once mention Marxism or Mao Zedong" today as he stepped into his new role, the make-up of the "gang of seven" that he now heads "will disappoint those hoping for sweeping reform," NPR's Louisa Lim reports from Beijing.

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6:44pm

Wed November 14, 2012
The Two-Way

General Allen Says He Will 'Fully Cooperate' With Investigation

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 7:00 pm

Marine Gen. John Allen.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Marine Gen. John Allen says he will "fully cooperate" with the Pentagon's Inspector General's investigation into his communication with Jill Kelley.

Allen has been at the center of a scandal that led to the resignation of CIA director and retired four-star general David Petraeus.

In a statement issued on his behalf by the Marine General Counsel, Allen also said he wants to resolve the matter in an expedient fashion.

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6:15pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond

For Some Sandy Survivors, Medicine's The Big Worry

Pharmacy and medical services stores closed in Coney Island.
Reema Khrais NPR

In Coney Island, on the southern end of Brooklyn, long lines of EMS trucks and buses of National Guardsmen rolled down the roads this week — trekking from residential building to building.

Since Friday, dozens of troops and officials from the City Health Department have been dropping in at the hardest hit areas of New York, making sure all residents are equipped with the essentials: Do they have food? Water? Do they need medical attention?

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6:15pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Shots - Health News

Lawmakers Clash With FDA Over Meningitis Outbreak

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 7:17 pm

New England Compounding Center co-owner Barry Cadden went to Capitol Hill for a congressional hearing Wednesday on the fungal meningitis outbreak. Choosing to take the Fifth Amendment, Cadden did not testify.
Susan Walsh AP

Members of a House subcommittee clashed repeatedly Wednesday with U.S. Food and Drug Commissioner Margaret Hamburg over the outbreak of meningitis caused by contaminated steroid injections.

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6:15pm

Wed November 14, 2012
Shots - Health News

Health Care Cuts Are Coming. Here's Where Liberals Say You Can Slice

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 9:12 pm

Two new studies and a proposed class-action lawsuit settlement all have the potential to change dollar signs as lawmakers address the impending fiscal cliff.
iStockphoto.com

A liberal think-tank closely allied with the Obama administration is proposing a health care spending plan it says could save hundreds of billions of dollars in entitlement spending without hurting middle- and low-income patients.

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6:04pm

Wed November 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama Says He Has One Mandate: To Help The Middle Class

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 6:49 pm

President Obama acknowledges reporters after his White House news conference on Wednesday.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

A president just re-elected has arguably the most political capital he's likely to have during his entire second term.

And President Obama clearly has some capital, though he didn't overtly refer to it or vow to "spend it," as his predecessor George W. Bush famously said upon his 2004 re-election.

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5:49pm

Wed November 14, 2012
WVAS Local

WVAS Local News

It appears yet another battle over the Affordable Care Act could be brewing between President Barack Obama's administration and a number of states that are opting not to set up a state-run health care exchange.  Alabama governor Robert Bentley says he met with a group of governors that believe the federal government doesn't have the right to set up health care exchanges inside a state.  The citizens advocacy group Alabama Arise is criticizing the decision, saying it will mean less oversight, less consumer input, and less design in the creation of the exchange. 

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