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Meet The New Stars Of Campaign Ads: Mom And Dad

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 13:07

The smiling spouse, kids and a dog once made for a perfect campaign ad. But politicians are increasingly turning to their parents to help them make the pitch to voters.

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Living Up To His Past, Suarez Apparently Bites Italian Opponent

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 13:04

Uruguay's win against Italy was overshadowed by a bite. Once again, Luis Suarez courted controversy at a World Cup Game.

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In Wyoming, Going Deep To Draw Energy From Coal

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 12:58

The United States has lots of coal, but most of it is buried far underground. A new method can extract it, but the environmental costs might prove too high for nearby landowners.

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Report Points To 'Dangerous Militarization' Of U.S. Law Enforcement

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 12:58

The American Civil Liberties Union studied 800 deployments of SWAT teams in 20 locales across the country and found most were for drug searches.

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Ukraine's Cease-Fire Jeopardized By Deadly Attack

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 12:53

Pro-Moscow separatists shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter, killing nine servicemen, one day after the rebels vowed to respect the cease-fire.

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Addressing Border Crisis, Politicians Find Invitation In Misperception

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 12:50

The House Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing Tuesday to address the influx of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America.

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3-D Mammography Finds More Tumors, But Questions Remain

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 12:35

A newer form of mammogram that takes multiple X-rays makes it less likely that women will be called back for more screening, a study finds. But it's still too early to know if it increases survival.

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In Rift Over Interfaith Ban, A New Fault Line For Burmese Politics

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 12:18

Myanmar's parliament is now considering a bill that would restrict marriages of people from different religions. Critics are lambasting the proposed law as discriminatory.

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Iraqi Crisis Brings Focus On Indian Migrants Who Seek Profit Amid Peril

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 12:15

When the northern Iraqi city of Mosul was captured by Sunni militants, 40 Indian construction workers were taken hostage. It's one of the first diplomatic challenges for the new government in India, which sees millions of migrant workers move abroad and send some $70 billion back home to family.

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A 'Major Shift' Promised In Oversight Of Special Education Programs

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 12:15

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan has announced new procedures for how the department oversees state special education programs.

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At Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery, Siege Nears A Complicated Conclusion

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 12:15

Both ISIS militants and the Iraqi government claim to control the country's largest oil refinery. But NPR's Deborah Amos reports that the rebels have closed in and are negotiating with the beleaguered forces inside.

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A 'Major Shift' In Oversight Of Special Education

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 12:15

Education Secretary Arne Duncan announces new measures for ensuring that students with disabilities are making progress.

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U.S. Faces Challenges In Shoring Up Iraq's Crumbling Military

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 12:15

U.S. military advisers sent to Iraq to assess the state of the country's military will find an army in far worse shape than the one they left behind in 2011. It lacks troops, training and leadership.

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A Wild West In Flight: Drones Outpace The Rules Reining Them In

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 12:15

Drone technology has moved at a quicker pace than the rules regulating their use, creating an environment that journalist Craig Whitlock likens to the Wild West.

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The Map Of Native American Tribes You've Never Seen Before

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 12:03

Aaron Carapella couldn't find a map showing the original names and locations of Native American tribes as they existed before contact with Europeans. That's why the Oklahoma man designed his own map.

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The numbers behind the Export-Import bank

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-24 11:59

The Export-Import Bank of the United States is a government agency that facilitates exports by U.S. companies. It's been doing this since 1934.

It works like this: A U.S. company wants to sell stuff to a foreign buyer but the foreign buyer needs some kind of financing to buy that stuff. Sometimes, U.S. banks won't offer that financing because the foreign buyer is in an unstable country, or perhaps because the bank doesn't think it's worth it to send someone abroad to vet a small loan that won't be repaid for five years, or otherwise considers lending abroad too risky. And sometimes, foreign banking systems aren't robust enough to offer these kinds of loans themselves, or they charge very high interest rates.

The Export-Import Bank offers insurance on loans to convince a bank to make that loan to a foreign buyer, and sometimes the Export-Import Bank will make that loan itself.

The total amount of international trade facilitated by this in 2013 comes out to $36 billion, a small fraction of the $2.3 trillion in U.S. exports. But the support goes primarily (90 percent) to small businesses, and the large businesses that do use these tools are generally of major economic significance, such as satellite or airline manufacturers.

1.2 million

The number of jobs the Ex-Im Bank reports it has supported since 2009

$2 billion

The amount of money the bank has generated over and above the cost of its operations over the last five years

0.211 percent

The bank's default rate, as reported to Congress this year. That's less than a quarter of one percent.

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 The number of other export credit agencies around the world competing with the U.S.'s Ex-Im Bank.

(Source: The Export-Import Bank of the United States)

The U.S. Export-Import Bank - by the numbers

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-24 11:59

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is an independent, self-sustaining government agency that finances the export of American goods and services. For 80 years, it has provided working capital guarantees, trade capital insurance, medium- and long-term loan guarantees, and direct loans to exporters.

1.2 million

The number of jobs the Ex-Im Bank reports it has supported since 2009

$2 billion

The amount of money the bank has generated over and above the cost of its operations over the last five years

0.211%

The bank's default rate, as reported to Congress this year. That's less than a quarter of one percent.

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 The number of other export credit agencies around the world competing with the U.S.'s Ex-Im Bank.

(Source: The Export-Import Bank of the United States)

What is the biggest business in your home state?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-24 11:28

Here's a bit of trivia that maybe only the host of a business program can love: A map, from a cloud computing company called Broadview Networks, that lists the biggest company by revenue in each of the 50 states.

My favorites? 

In Vermont, the Keurig Green Mountain company, of coffee fame.

Utah, the Huntsman Corporation, of Jon Huntsman 2012 GOP presidential candidate's family.

And Nebraska...c'mon...any guesses? Berkshire Hathaway... of Warren Buffett fame.

 

Draft Of Bob Dylan's 'Like A Rolling Stone' Sells For $2 Million

NPR News - Tue, 2014-06-24 11:18

The scribbled lyrics of one of the most iconic rock songs of all time are recorded on hotel stationery and contain a number of alternative lines as well as doodles of animals.

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LeVar Burton on digital learning and Reading Rainbow

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-06-24 10:59

The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign has a week to go. So far, LeVar Burton and his company have raised nearly $4 million.  

And no, they are not planning to use that cash to bring back the TV show from my childhood. 

Instead, Burton is looking to expand the reach of the Reading Rainbow app.  

I asked him why today's version of Reading Rainbow is online instead of on TV.  And why he thinks it's better to teach literacy on a computer. "If you want to reach today's kids," he said, "you need to be on today's technology."

You can listen to part of our conversation here:

 I couldn't resist asking him to sing a few lines of the Reading Rainbow theme song. You can thank me later.

 

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