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4:21pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Politics

Week In Politics: Health Care, Eric Holder

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 10:26 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

We're joined now by our regular political commentators, columnist E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and the Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of the New York Times. Both of you in Aspen, Colorado today for the Aspen Ideas Festival. Gentlemen, welcome.

E.J. DIONNE: Good to be with you.

DAVID BROOKS: Good to be with you.

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4:17pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Politics

Congress Passes Bill To Freeze Student Loan Rates

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 10:26 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. Here's some evidence that things can still get done on Capital Hill. Today, both the House and Senate passed a compromise bill to reauthorize highway and infrastructure projects and keep student loan interest rates from going up.

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4:15pm

Fri June 29, 2012
NPR's Backseat Book Club

Gross-Out Gags AND Life Lessons In 'Wimpy Kid'

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 10:26 pm

Jeff Kinney Abrams

We've chosen some popular books for our monthly Backseat Book Club selections, but nothing quite like the boffo best-sellers in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

How popular are these books? Consider the numbers: There are six books, and a seventh is on the way. They've been translated into 40 languages and there are 75 million copies in print worldwide. And it was our 2009 interview with author Jeff Kinney that originally inspired us to start a book club just for kids.

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4:15pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Health

Sole Abortion Clinic In Miss. Fights Law To Stay Open

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 10:26 pm

Abortion opponents demonstrate outside Mississippi's only abortion clinic in Jackson.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

A new Mississippi law requires doctors who perform abortions in the state to be board-certified OB-GYNs. They also must have privileges to admit patients at a local hospital.

The law is regulatory in nature, but at a bill-signing ceremony in April, Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves was clear about the intent.

"We have an opportunity today with the signing of this bill to end abortion in Mississippi," he said.

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4:15pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Animals

Wild Mustangs Give Patrol Horsepower On The Border

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 10:26 pm

Border Patrol Agent Bobbi Schad pets a mustang at the agency's training facility in Willcox, Ariz., last August.
Joshua Lott Reuters /Landov

It's all new for Achilles: his name, his horseshoes, the surroundings at his home near Nogales, Ariz.

"To break 'em from what they're focusing on, you want to turn 'em from one side to the next," Border Patrol agent Luis Navarro says as he carefully leads Achilles into a round training arena.

Navarro holds the mustang by a short lead, and teaches it commands to trot and to slow down.

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4:11pm

Fri June 29, 2012
The Salt

Afraid Of Pie Crust? You Shouldn't Be. It's As Easy As 3-2-1

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 8:54 am

To make a flaky pie crust, start by measuring out 12 oz. (by weight) flour, 8 oz. firm butter, 4 oz. ice water. Keeping it cool is key.
Phil Mansfield CIA

Yes, it's been meat all week. So are you ready for dessert? As a preview of Pie Week on Morning Edition and The Salt next week, we bring you this sneak peek of what we learned at the Culinary Institute of America.

Now, lots of people are afraid of making pie crust, but we've got a foolproof formula for you.

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4:05pm

Fri June 29, 2012
It's All Politics

'Tax' Designation That Saved Health Care Law Being Used To Fight Obama

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 11:39 am

President Obama waves after signing the Affordable Care Act at the White House on March 23, 2010.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

In 2009, as President Obama was trying to convince Congress to pass his health care legislation, he stridently refused to characterize as a "tax" the penalty that would be imposed for not obtaining insurance under the law's individual mandate.

On Thursday, Chief Justice John Roberts begged to differ — while using the tax classification to save Obama's signature domestic accomplishment by a single Supreme Court vote.

And Republicans pounced.

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4:01pm

Fri June 29, 2012
The Two-Way

Justice Will Not Prosecute Holder For Contempt Of Congress

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Gerardo Mora Getty Images

The United States Justice Department said it will not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress.

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2:34pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Asia

A Portrait Of Chinese Corruption, In Rosy Pink

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 10:26 pm

Artist and filmmaker Zhang Bingjian sits in his Beijing studio in front of his Hall of Fame — portraits of corrupt Chinese officials. He has commissioned portraits of 1,600 officials convicted of corruption.
Angie Quan NPR

Corruption is usually thought to be a bad thing. But in China, the answer is no longer crystal clear.

For decades, the country's Communist Party has declared that corruption threatens its very survival. But there are signs that this is changing. Recently, the state-run media have begun arguing that corruption can't be stamped out, so it should be contained to acceptable levels. And some corruption appears to be tacitly condoned.

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1:39pm

Fri June 29, 2012
Piano Jazz

Helen Sung On Piano Jazz

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 10:56 am

Helen Sung.
Courtesy of the artist
  • Listen: Helen Sung On Piano Jazz

Pianist Helen Sung is a dazzling and passionate player originally from Houston, Texas. A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, she has played with such luminaries as Clark Terry and Wynton Marsalis.

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