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Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 06:40

A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.

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Poets Give Voice To The Toll Of Type 2 Diabetes

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 06:34

Doctors and poets are collaborating in California to encourage young people to tell stories about Type 2 diabetes in their communities.

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Ukraine: Peace Disrupted By Barrage; Russia Sends New Aid Convoy

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 05:39

Rocket fire tested — but didn't break — a week-old cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists Friday night. And the EU made concessions to Russia on a trade pact.

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Obama's Hawkish Plan For Islamic State Puts Doves In A Quandary

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 05:34

The president's proposal to degrade and destroy the Islamic State poses a challenge for members of his own party, who have traditionally provided the anti-war voices in Congress.

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Northern Lights Put On Show, Thanks To Large Solar Flare

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 04:35

If you weren't far enough in the north — or well-rested enough – to see the show, don't worry: stunning images were posted to Twitter and elsewhere. Here's a selection.

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It Was One Of The Roughest Weeks Ever For America's Favorite Sport

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 03:39

In the wake of players being accused of domestic abuse, the NFL has enacted a tougher policy on domestic violence. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks to correspondent Tom Goldman about the latest sports news.

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Former Ambassador: It's Not Too Late To Arm Syrian Rebels

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 03:39

Former Ambassador Fred Hof tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that air power is not enough to defeat the Islamic State. A ground component, even if it is not American, is needed for long-term success, he says.

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White House Tries To Ease Hispanic Caucus Frustrations

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 03:39

Many were disappointed when President Obama announced he would delay immigration reform until after mid-term elections. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to White House domestic policy chief Cecilia Munoz.

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International Students Save N.Carolina Academy From Shutdown

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 03:39

Oak Ridge Military Academy looked as if it was going to close a few years ago because of low enrollment. The academy turned things around by appealing to international students, from Asia to Africa.

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Israeli, Palestinian Parents Share Their Painful Stories Of Loss

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 03:39

The Parents Circle is a group of Israeli and Palestinian mothers and fathers who have lost children in the conflict. Two of them visited NPR and said this summer's war has only made conditions worse.

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Judge: Government Can't Arbitrate The Truth In Politics

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 03:39

A federal judge has struck down an Ohio law that banned lies in political ads. He ruled that it is up to voters to decide what the truth is.

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2 Troopers Shot At Pennsylvania State Police Barracks

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 03:28

The attack killed one trooper and left another wounded, police say. The troopers were shot during a shift change at a barracks in Pike County in northeast Pennsylvania.

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What The U.S. Has Given To Fight Ebola (And Why It's Not Enough)

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 03:03

U.S. aid is beginning to flow into the countries fighting the deadly virus. But while protective equipment and food supplies are vital, what's really needed now are health workers.

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Reality Check For Young Farmers: It's An Expensive 'Habit'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 03:03

More young people are trying their hand at farming, hoping to make a living out of it. But, as it turns out, passion and grit are just a few of the prerequisites for success.

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Nightmares And Darkness Follow Marine Home From Iraq War

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 01:48

Jeff Lucey deployed to Iraq with the Marines in 2003. He returned home later that year, and initially, all seemed well. But it slowly became apparent that Lucey was struggling with invisible wounds.

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Why Michael Che's New Role Could Change More Than 'SNL'

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 01:40

The Daily Show correspondent will become the first black co-anchor of Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update." NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says his hire could help diversify comedy well beyond NBC.

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Tech Week: The Internet 'Slowdown' And Apple's New Crop

NPR News - Sat, 2014-09-13 01:37

In our weekly roundup, the battle against big cable showed up on many of our favorite websites. And Apple's new mobile payment system and watch announcement made it a big week for tech news.

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Retired Gen. Hayden Compares U.S. ISIS Strategy To 'Casual Sex'

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 16:15

"The reliance on air power has all of the attraction of casual sex: It seems to offer gratification but with very little commitment," retired Gen. Michael Hayden told US News.

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Vikings Star Peterson Indicted On Child Abuse Charges

NPR News - Fri, 2014-09-12 15:08

The charges relate to reckless or negligent injury to his son, who was visiting the Minnesota Vikings running back in Texas in May.

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What if the Fed just gave households money to help

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-09-12 14:54

It's raining cash, hallelujah, to (sort of) paraphrase what the Weather Girls sang. If you want to solve recessions, what about throwing cash at households instead of lowering interest rates by buying bonds or tweaking the interest rates American central bankers control more directly?

This is the proposal coming from a Brown University political economist and a London-based hedge fund guy. The professor, Mark Blyth, says if you took all the money the Federal Reserve has spent on its bond-buying and quantative-easing splurge, every household in America could have been handed $56,000.

Sure, the Fed waved its magic wand to "print" the money that bought the bonds. Under this cash-from-helicopters idea, central bankers would still have to use the magic of inventing money. But it's Blyth and Eric Lonergan's idea that the central banks could print less, give households more, and the stimulus would help a much wider cross section of the population than is helped now by QE.

Blyth told me that our current policies are designed to get people to borrow who don't really want to borrow. When interest rates are forced sown, this encourages people who already have excess cash to put more of their money into financial instruments, rather than spending it on business ventures in the real economy that might do more to create jobs.

Cash from helicopters is not a new idea. On the right, Blyth says Milton Friedman liked the idea. On the left, Keynes also embraced this.

We have done smaller versions of it before. Remember cash-for-clunkers, in which the feds handed out checks if you swapped an old car for a new one during the depths of the financial crisis? And the payroll tax holiday? Academic research shows that for every dollar spent on these programs, many more dollars went forth and multiplied through the economy.

The idea is the central bankers would still have to print money by saying the word "abracadabra" and making it appear, which can be inflationary. Some say that's the only way inflation happens. But Blyth and Lonergan believe under their proposal, the U.S. or Europe would have to print less of it than we do using the usual thinking.

Print less but transfer more, in their rallying cry. Details of this argument are in the September/October edition of Foreign Affairs. Will cash for households catch on? Blyth isn't optimistic at a time that political polarization means nothing catches on these days in Washington.

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