Economy
11:21 am
Wed July 25, 2012

When It Comes To Tax Cuts, Neither Side Is Blinking

Originally published on Thu July 26, 2012 1:43 pm

Taxes may be certain, but growth and job creation aren't.

As the U.S. edges closer to a year-end "fiscal cliff," Democrats and Republicans haven't budged in their fight over expiring tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans — and how best to help the middle class and get the country back to work.

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Music
11:11 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Top 40 Albums July 2012

  1. Curtis Fuller - Down Home (Capri)
  2. Kate McGarry - Girl Talk (Palmetto)
  3. Jazz Soul Seven - Impressions of Curtis Mayfield (BFM Jazz)
  4. Virginia Mayhew Quartet - Mary Lou Williams: The Next 100 Years (Renma)
  5. Duke Ellington Legacy - Single Petal of A Rose (Renma)
  6. Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio - Across the Imaginary Divide (Rounder)
  7. Shawnn Monteiro - To Carmen with Love (Whaling City Sound)
  8. David Liebman/Nancy Reed - Neighbors (VectorDisc)
  9. Eric Reed - The Baddest Monk (Savant)
  10. Halie Loren - Heart First (
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The Two-Way
11:06 am
Wed July 25, 2012

After Another Night Of Near-Riots In Anaheim, Latinos Want Feds To Investigate

An injured pedestrian cries out to end the destruction of local properties after violence erupted between police officers and protesters during demonstrations to show outrage for the fatal shooting of Manuel Angel Diaz.
Jonathan Gibby Getty Images

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 5:02 pm

Update at 5:36 p.m. ET. U.S. Attorney Will Investigate:

During a press conference today, Mayor Tom Tait asked for calm. He also said that the Office of the U.S. Attorney had agreed to investigate the shootings.

"The first step is to get to the truth," Tait said according to the Orange County Register. "That takes some time and patience, and that's what I'm asking for."

Our Original Post Continues:

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Commentary
10:51 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Art Review: Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson, Night Tree, 1971. Cor-ten steel, 128 1/2 x 41 x 30 in. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University. Gift of the artist and the WSU Student Government Association.

Louise Nevelson was a key American sculptor in the mid-20th century. Her Modernist artwork changed the world of sculpture – much like what Jackson Pollock did for painting.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:51 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Epidemics Prefer Changing Planes In JFK Over ATL

Travelers crowd around a ticketing counter at John F. Kennedy International Airport in April 2010 in New York.
Jason DeCrow AP

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 11:34 am

When the next epidemic comes, there's a good chance it will switch flights at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

Researchers at MIT have developed a pretty nifty computer model to figure out the most influential airports in the early stages of an epidemic's spread.

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World
10:49 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Ghana's New President Shaped By A Violent Past

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 11:58 am

  • Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama reads from his memoir.

The President of Ghana unexpectedly died Tuesday, and Ghana's former Vice-President John Dramani Mahama has been sworn in as the country's new leader. The peaceful transition is in contrast to past coups and political problems. Host Michel Martin recently spoke to Dramani Mahama about the Ghana's turmoil, which he details in his new autobiography My First Coup D'Etat.

Beauty Shop
10:49 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Should Sally Ride Have Come Out?

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, we will remember Sherman Hemsley, the actor who played the brash, abrasive, yet hilarious George Jefferson. That's later in the program.

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The Torch
10:37 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Greek Triple Jumper Suspended From Olympic Team For Inappropriate Tweets

Triple jumper Voula Papachristou, seen competing in Finland last month, has been removed from Greece's London Olympics squad over comments made on Twitter.
Matt Dunham AP

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 2:32 pm

Greek track star Voula Papachristou has been suspended from her country's Olympic team, after she made a comment about Africans who live in Greece. The comment was widely noticed on her Twitter feed, and resulted in her removal from the London 2012 roster.

On Twitter, Papachristou also reportedly expressed support for the right-wing Greek political party Golden Dawn, particularly its views on immigration.

The Hellenic Olympic Committee said that Papachristou "is suspended after her comments that go against the values and ideals of Olympism."

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The Two-Way
10:33 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Senate Plans Two Symbolic Votes On Taxes That Won't Change Anything

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 5:22 pm

"Senate leaders have reversed course and decided to stage showdown votes later today on rival Democratic and Republican plans for extending broad tax cuts next year that will otherwise expire in January," The Associated Press writes.

So, Democrats will get the chance to cast "yea" votes on their plan to extend the so-called Bush tax cuts only for those earning less than $250,000 a year. Republicans will get the chance to cast "yea" votes on their plan to extend the tax cuts for everyone.

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The Torch
9:52 am
Wed July 25, 2012

The London Games, Seen Through A (Very) Critical Eye

Just as every Olympic athlete trains their heart out, every Olympic expert seems to wear themselves out describing what an unmitigated sham is being perpetrated on the host city. Many of those criticisms are valid, of course — especially concerns about overbuilding facilities.

For instance, NPR's Louisa Lim recently reported on China's Post-Olympic Woe: How To Fill An Empty Nest.

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