Tue August 13, 2013

DOJ Suit Seen Delaying, Not Killing Big Airline Merger

A United Airlines jet takes off behind a US Airways jet at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Tuesday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

The government's decision Tuesday to oppose the merger of US Airways and American Airlines stunned airline analysts, but many predicted the deal eventually will win go through.

"Given that other airline mergers were approved, this was a surprise," University of Richmond transportation economist George Hoffer said. Other major carriers already have been allowed to combine forces, so "it's illogical to oppose this merger. This move comes a day late and a dollar short," he said.

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Tue August 13, 2013
It's All Politics

Star-Making Turn As Newark Mayor Launches Booker Toward D.C.

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 10:49 pm

U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J., speaks to the media after casting his ballot for the Senate primary on Tuesday.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters/Landov


Tue August 13, 2013
Health Care

Explaining Health Care Exchanges

If health care exchanges have you confused, you're not alone. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to health reporter Mary Agnes Carey about the next phase of the Affordable Care Act.


Tue August 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Rodeo Clown Behind Obama Skit Is Banned From State Fair

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 2:54 pm

A photo taken of the clown who wore a mask resembling President Obama during a rodeo Saturday at the Missouri State Fair.
Jameson Hsieh AP

(Click here to see why we've edited our headline and struckthrough six words at the top of this post.)

Missouri State Fair officials have now banned the rodeo clown who wore a President Obama mask during was responsible for a performance that mocked President Obama.

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Tue August 13, 2013
The Two-Way

North Carolina Governor Signs Controversial Voter ID Bill

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 2:59 pm

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory delivers the State of the State address in February in Raleigh.
Ted Richardson AP

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law Monday a controversial measure that overhauls the state's election laws. It requires government-issued photo IDs at the polls, reduces the early voting period by one week and ends same day registration.

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Mon August 12, 2013
Digital Life

Big Buzz On Twitter Means Better Chances On Election Day

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 6:03 pm



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Mon August 12, 2013
All Tech Considered

The Biggest Twitter Moments Ever Feature Beyonce, Romney

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 8:14 pm

At a peak of 268,000 tweets per minute, Beyonce's 2013 Super Bowl halftime performance was the biggest moment on Twitter, ever.
Chris Graythen Getty Images

The conclusion of Beyonce's high-wattage Super Bowl spectacular — and the subsequent blackout in the New Orleans Superdome — are the first and second most tweeted-about moments in Twitter history, according to the social media giant.

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Mon August 12, 2013

Judge Slams Stop-and-Frisk Policy

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 12:40 pm



You're listening to TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Celeste Headlee. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, the elderly population is booming and people wonder what it'll take not only to survive but to thrive for the millions of Americans living past the traditional retirement age.

But first, let's talk a little politics. President Obama took questions from the press for the first time in months on Friday before he headed off to vacation on Martha's Vineyard.

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Mon August 12, 2013
The Two-Way

Rodeo Clown In Obama Mask Sparks Outrage, Apologies

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 11:42 am

A photo taken of the clown who wore a mask resembling President Obama during a rodeo at the Missouri State Fair on Saturday.
Jameson Hsieh AP

"It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally."

That's the reaction of spectator Perry Beam to Saturday's appearance at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo., of a rodeo clown wearing a mask meant to look like President Obama and what happened during his performance.

Videos that Beam took show some of the scene and capture some of what the rodeo announcer and another clown were saying. The Kansas City Star has posted two of the clips on its YouTube channel.

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Mon August 12, 2013
It's All Politics

For Democrats And Republicans, It's Happily (N)ever After

Political discord tends to lead to disharmony in relationships.

Amanda Northrup would never do it again.

She's dated Democrats in the past, but she found their acceptance of abortion heartbreaking and their support of President Obama nearly as off-putting.

"He was going off to celebrate Obama becoming president, and I felt betrayed and like he didn't understand me," recalls Northrup, who is 30 and works in real estate in Chattanooga, Tenn. "I think that's why eventually the two can't be together. It's such a big difference."

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