5:13pm

Wed May 30, 2012
The Salt

FDA Rules Corn Syrup Can't Change It's Name To Corn Sugar

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 6:41 pm

A sweetener by any other name ...
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Corn-based-sweetener manufacturers may be singing a sour tune today. The Food and Drug Administration just ruled that the ubiquitous high fructose corn syrup that sweetens many of our candies, sodas and snacks cannot be called "corn sugar." But much like Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator character, they'll probably be baaack.

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4:57pm

Wed May 30, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

Obama's Own Story Defines His American Dream

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 12:19 pm

President Obama greets diners at Reid's House Restaurant in Reidsville, N.C., last fall. While there, he talked to a college student about the importance of education — one of the ideas Obama comes back to often.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

NPR is examining what the American dream means to our culture, our economy and our politics. On Morning Edition, we'll explore what Republicans think of the American dream. In this installment, the view from President Obama.

The American dream — the idea that in this country anyone can rise from humble beginnings and succeed — is deeply woven into our national psyche. It's a promise that draws immigrants to our shores. And it's a staple on the campaign trail.

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4:57pm

Wed May 30, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Oregon's Medicaid Experiment Represents A 'Defining Moment'

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 5:47 pm

Roel Smart iStockphoto.com

The things that Amy Vance does for James Prasad are pretty simple: She calls doctors with him, organizes his meds, and helps him keep tabs on his blood pressure, blood sugar and weight.

These simple things — and the relationship between a health coach like Vance and a chronically ill Medicaid patient like Prasad — are a big part of a $2 billion health care experiment in Oregon.

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4:55pm

Wed May 30, 2012
Election 2012

In N.J., Democratic Frenemies Wage Final Battle

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 5:47 pm

Reps. Steve Rothman (left) and Bill Pascrell went head-to-head at a debate Monday in Montclair, N.J.
S.P. Sullivan NJ.com

There was a time when U.S. House colleagues Bill Pascrell and Steve Rothman, Democrats from neighboring congressional districts in northern New Jersey, called themselves friends.

But congressional redistricting means Pascrell and Rothman will face off in the state's Democratic primary on Tuesday for one congressional seat. And despite their long friendship, the race has been anything but collegial.

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4:48pm

Wed May 30, 2012
Education

High Marks for Say Yes to Education in Syracuse

Say Yes to Education founder George Weiss signs a copy of a book written by students in the Say Yes program.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The thunderstorms that rolled through upstate New York Tuesday afternoon kept George Weiss' plane grounded in New York City.

So Weiss, the philanthropist and founder of Say Yes to Education, decided to drive up to Syracuse in order to make it to a student event Tuesday evening.

He told a crowd at McKinley-Brighton Elementary School Wednesday morning that the long drive was worth it when a student came up to him teary-eyed.

She told Weiss that he had given her a hug two years earlier when she graduated high school. Now, after graduating from a community college with the cost covered by Say Yes, she wanted another hug.

"Any time you see the smile on these kids' faces and the hope," Weiss said. "This is what it's all about, the hope."

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4:44pm

Wed May 30, 2012
It's All Politics

New Wisconsin Poll: Walker Maintains Lead; Obama Gains Strength

A new survey of Wisconsin voters shows GOP Gov. Scott Walker maintaining his lead over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democrat who is trying to oust the governor in a recall election Tuesday.

And the survey had good news for President Obama: during the last half of the month, he improved his standing against GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Wisconsin.

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4:19pm

Wed May 30, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: 'Let My People Go:' Illinois State Rep Loses Cool On House Floor

Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost.
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4:18pm

Wed May 30, 2012
It's All Politics

McCotter Joins Sorry, Brief List Of Incumbents Who Fell Short Of Ballot

Originally published on Wed May 30, 2012 4:58 pm

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) had the misfortune of being from a state that still requires signatures to get on the ballot.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

In the annals of incumbents failing to get on the ballot, Rep. Thad McCotter's epic fail has some company. Maybe not lots of it since incumbents tend to know, if nothing else, how to work the levers in their favor.

But there have been other incumbents derailed by the requirement to obtain voter signatures to get on ballots even if you sometimes have to go back quite a ways to find them. If it's a wing in the political hall of shame for incumbents, it would be a small room compared, say, to the much larger one for convicted politicos.

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4:15pm

Wed May 30, 2012
Health

New $300 million medical building opens in Buffalo

The 10-story Gates Vascular Institute/Clinical and Translational Research Center opened Thursday in Buffalo.
Daniel Robison Innovation Trail and WBFO

The newest addition to Buffalo’s skyline has opened its doors.

The 10-story, $300 million Gates Vascular Institute/Clinical and Translational Research Center houses a state-of-the-art surgery center, research labs and a business incubator.

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4:03pm

Wed May 30, 2012
The Record

A New Hip-Hop Recipe With A Familiar Sound

Originally published on Wed July 31, 2013 2:22 pm

Black Hippy are (from left) Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Ab-Soul.
Courtesy of Top Dawg Entertainment

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