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2:24pm

Mon January 9, 2012
The Two-Way

White House Chief Of Staff Daley Stepping Down

Originally published on Tue January 10, 2012 7:20 am

White House Chief of Staff William Daley.
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White House Chief of Staff William Daley is stepping down from his post and will be replaced by Budget Director Jack Lew, NPR's Scott Horsley has confirmed.

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1:50pm

Mon January 9, 2012
The Two-Way

20-Year Ban Put On Mining Claims Near Grand Canyon

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 2:05 pm

A view into the Grand Canyon from the South Rim in Arizona.
Robyn Beck AFP/Getty Images

The Obama administration just announced a 20-year federal ban "on new mining claims affecting a million acres near the Grand Canyon, an area known to be rich in high-grade uranium ore reserves," as The Associated Press writes.

And "in doing so," the wire service adds, "the administration brushed off pressure from congressional Republicans and mining industry figures who wanted a policy change."

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1:45pm

Mon January 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Just How Much Did Clinton Eat As President?

If you're not a fan of a little White House gossip don't keep reading. But if you like reading about the every-day details a of a presidency, you'll like this bit Washingtonian magazine reports in its current issue.

The magazine said that pastry chef Roland Mesnier, who worked at the White House for 26 years beginning with the Carter administration, said when President Bill Clinton came into the White House in 1993 he had a "scary" appetite. "He could eat five or six pork chops."

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1:11pm

Mon January 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Nigerians Stage Nationwide Strike After President Scraps Fuel Subsidies

A man carries a placard beside a bonfire during Monday's demonstration against soaring petrol prices following government's decision to abolish decades-old fuel subsidies.
Pius Utomi Ekpei AFP/Getty Images

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan is facing a tumultuous backlash over his decision to scrap fuel subsidies. Reporting from Accra in Ghana, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that major protests and a massive strike are putting pressure on him to reverse course. Nigeria is Africa's largest oil producer.

Ofeibea filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Nigeria's capital, Abuja, and the commercial capital, Lagos, have come to a virtual standstill with similar reports of thousands joining the demonstrations in other parts of the country.

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12:35pm

Mon January 9, 2012
It's All Politics

Even Before N.H. Primary, Romney Seems To Be Looking Ahead To General Election

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 1:03 pm

Mitt Romney speaks during a Chamber of Commerce breakfast Monday in Nashua, N.H.
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On Tuesday night, New Hampshire voters could catapult Mitt Romney securely onto the path of the Republican nomination, or they could undercut the air of inevitability surrounding his campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor is clearly expecting the catapult. One indication? On Monday morning, the candidate changed his rhetoric to reposition himself even more squarely as a general election candidate.

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12:12pm

Mon January 9, 2012
The Two-Way

In Alaska: Nome Waits For Fuel; Cordova Digs Out From 18-Feet Of Snow

They're running out of places to put the snow in Cordova, Alaska. This photo was taken on Saturday (Jan. 7, 2012).
Erv Petty/Alaska Div. of Homeland Security and Emergency Management AP

Winter continues to wallop Alaska with some weather and some challenges that even the seen-it-all locals seem to be amazed about.

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12:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
NPR Story

ANC, From 'Terrorist' Label To Liberation Movement

Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress, which is known for Nelson Mandela's message of equality, as well as recent accusations of government corruption. Host Michel Martin discusses the ANC's complex history with Crystal Orderson of the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

12:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
NPR Story

Afropop Expert Georges Collinet's Favorite Tunes

Collinet is one of the foremost experts on African Pop music and perhaps the best-known broadcaster on the African continent. He shares his personal playlist as part of Tell Me More's series, 'In Your Ear.'

12:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Can I Just Tell You?

Sparking A Better Political Discourse

Originally published on Mon January 9, 2012 1:05 pm

How can Americans make political debates more civil and relevant to the issues at stake?
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It's here. It's really here. The presidential election, I mean. And if you like politics or love it as I do, then this is the best of times ... and the worst.

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12:00pm

Mon January 9, 2012
Around the Nation

Prison Population Sees 1st Drop In Almost 40 Years

The number of Americans living under the correctional system fell to 1.6 million in 2010, according to recent government data. Host Michel Martin discusses the decline and efforts to reform the system with former U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project for the Pew Center on the States.

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