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The Two-Way
3:11 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

With $66.3 Billion In Agreements, U.S. Arms Sales Break Record In 2011

A U.S. Air Force F-16 multi role fighter Falcon during an exercise at the U.S. airbase in Osan, South Korea.
Lee Jin-man AP

The United States was the biggest provider of weapons to other countries, last year. In terms of how much money it moved, it tripled its 2010 purchases and moved $66.3 billion worth of arms.

According to a Congressional Research Service report (pdf), that is the biggest amount in the history of the United States and most of it comes from sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia.

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The Salt
2:45 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

What Does Mormon Food Culture Say About Mitt Romney?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney eats ice cream from Millie's on the run before a fundraising event earlier this month in Nantucket, Mass.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:38 am

As the Republican convention gets under way in Tampa tomorrow, we can expect to hear more about the personal life of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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Planet Money
2:42 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

A Father Of High-Speed Trading Thinks We Should Slow Down

Thomas Peterffy, shown here in 2010
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 28, 2012 2:54 pm

First, three stories from Thomas Peterffy's life as a trader:

Story #1:

When Peterffy was a kid growing up in communist Hungary in the 1950s his buddy went to Austria and brought back a pack of Juicy Fruit gum. Peterffy bought the pack, broke the sticks of gum up into little pieces, and sold them at a profit. The principal at his school was not amused. "Where's your communist conscience?" the principal asked.

Not surprisingly, given story #1, Peterffy moved to the U.S. as a young man.

Story #2:

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It's All Politics
2:27 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

The Importance Of Not Fiddling While Rome Burns (Or Floods)

A sign was displayed on a highway near New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 3:01 pm

It's not unusual for politicians and show business producers to put off planned events in the face of tragedy or national disaster.

The Republican Party delayed opening day festivities at its national convention in Tampa this week because of safety concerns as Tropical Storm Isaac barrels toward the Gulf Coast.

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Afghanistan
1:50 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Afghan Women Fear Backsliding On Key Gains

Soraya Paksat of Voice of Afghan Women holds a knife that was confiscated from a woman who came to visit a young relative in one of the group's shelters. The woman intended to kill the girl for fleeing an abusive father.
Sean Carberry NPR

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 5:23 pm

The gains by Afghan women are seen as one of the country's most important achievements over the past decade. But as the international community draws down its military and aid presence, those hard-won gains are at risk of being lost, according to activists.

Women are still being beaten, raped and forced into early marriage at alarming rates. And women's advocacy groups say they are already seeing signs of backsliding by the government when it comes to protecting women, and fear this could accelerate in the coming years.

A 16-Year-Old's Struggle

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The Two-Way
1:41 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

As Shares Plummet, Samsung Vows To Continue Fighting Apple

A woman walks across banner advertising for Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note Seoul, South Korea on Monday.
Ahn Young-joon AP

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 3:02 pm

Samsung sounded a defiant note today, saying it would continue its legal fight with Apple "until our arguments have been accepted."

Samsung came out badly battered on Friday when a jury awarded Apple more than a $1 billion in damages, after it found Samsung had willfully infringed upon some of Apple's patents.

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Medical Treatments
1:25 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Top Doctors Discuss The Art And Practice Of Surgery

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 2:19 pm

Things that most people take for granted in surgery — the use of anesthesia, for example, or the way surgical tools are cleaned — were once cutting-edge discoveries in the profession. Dr. Atul Gawande and Dr. Sherwin Nuland discuss the changes they've seen over their long careers as surgeons.

Around the Nation
1:24 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Skies Less-Than Friendly When Packing A Cello

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 4:59 pm

Paul Katz bought two tickets — one for himself and one for his cello — in the cabin of a flight from Calgary to Los Angeles. But the captain told him his centuries-old cello had to fly as checked baggage. After an agonizing flight, Katz cried when the captain returned his cello, unharmed.

It's All Politics
1:21 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Officially, The Convention Has Begun; And The GOP's 'Debt Clocks' Are Running

Within minutes after being turned on Monday, the GOP's clock measuring how much the national debt had grown was moving up quickly.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 3:31 pm

With a bang of his supersized gavel, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus just opened the 2012 GOP convention.

And moments later with another bang of the gavel he declared it in recess.

As we've reported, tropical storm Isaac convinced Republicans to delay the real start of their convention until Tuesday.

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Remembrances
1:13 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Remembering 'Reluctant Hero' Neil Armstrong

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, died Saturday. He was 82. Armstrong solidified his place in history on July 20, 1969 when he left the first human footprint on the surface of the moon. NPR's Neal Conan remembers the man his family called a "reluctant hero."

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