3:39pm

Mon May 7, 2012
Europe

For A Third Time, Putin Returns As Russia's President

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 8:26 am

Vladimir Putin takes the oath of office during his inauguration as Russia's president at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Monday. Putin will be serving his third term as president, after four years as prime minister and two previous presidential terms.
Dmitry Astakhov, AP

Vladimir Putin is once again the president of Russia.

Putin, who held the job from 2000 to 2008, spent the past four years as prime minister because the Russian Constitution prohibits a third consecutive term.

So his hand-picked successor, Dmitry Medvedev, held the office for the past four years. Now they are switching places, with Putin returning as president and Medvedev tapped to be the prime minister.

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3:09pm

Mon May 7, 2012
The Salt

What HBO And iCarly Can Do To Get Kids Psyched About Veggies

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 3:16 pm

Getting kids to eat right is an age-old challenge
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2:51pm

Mon May 7, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: In Copenhagen, A Very Classy Flash Mob On The Metro

A woman listens to a violinist on the Copenhagen Metro.
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2:37pm

Mon May 7, 2012
Asia

What Putin's Latest Election Says About Russia

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2:17pm

Mon May 7, 2012
The Two-Way

In Photos: Vladimir Putin Assumes The Presidency In Russia

Police officers carry an anti-Putin protester, who was detained in central Moscow, on Monday.
Andrey Smirnov AFP/Getty Images

As we've reported, Vladimir Putin's return to Russia's presidency was fraught with drama. But a disputed parliamentary election and many unprecedented protests later, Putin took the oath of office for a third time today.

Putin took the oath amid protests. The New York Times reports 300 were detained, following the round up of 400 detained after a surprisingly large anti-Putin demonstration popped up on Sunday.

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2:03pm

Mon May 7, 2012
Religion

When Religious Leaders Lose Their Faith

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 2:41 pm

Teresa MacBain was pastor of a United Methodist church. In March, she made a confession: She is now an atheist. MacBain, NPR religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty and Jerry DeWitt, executive director of Recovering from Religion talk about how losing faith changes lives and communities.

2:03pm

Mon May 7, 2012
Opinion

Op-Ed: Obama Should Endorse Gay Marriage

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 2:23 pm

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

The president and gay marriage on The Opinion Page this week. Yesterday on NBC's "Meet the Press," David Gregory asked Vice President Joe Biden whether he was comfortable with same-sex marriage now.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "MEET THE PRESS")

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2:03pm

Mon May 7, 2012
Europe

Greek, French Voters Hope For Fresh Start

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 2:19 pm

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and a number of Greek incumbents in parliament became the latest victims of growing frustration among voters across Europe over the ongoing debt crisis and widespread austerity measures. President-elect Francois Hollande has promised France a "fresh start."

1:17pm

Mon May 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Some U.S. Conservatives See Obama In France's Hollande

President-elect Francois Hollande waves from a Socialist Party headquarters balcony in Paris Monday May 7, 2012.
Michel Spingler AP

The election of socialist Francois Hollande as France's new president has leached into the U.S. election as some conservatives view it as giving them an opening to attack President Obama who, along with his agenda, has been labeled socialistic by many on the right.

U.S. Senate candidate from Florida, George Lemieux, for instance, took the opportunity of Hollande's win to tweet a warning:

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1:16pm

Mon May 7, 2012
The Picture Show

The Visual South, Part I: Unseen Scenes Of Gitmo

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:49 am

Christopher Sims

The current issue of Oxford American magazine (known as "the Southern magazine of good writing") is titled the "Visual South Issue." In its 100 under 100 list, the magazine identifies "the most talented and thrilling up-and-coming artists in the South." This week, we'll take a look at five of the photographers on that list.

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