11:26am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney Aide To Reporters: 'Kiss My ... This Is A Holy Site'

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 2:02 pm

Mitt Romney, at the top right, as he prepared to get into his car even as reporters were shouting questions.
Politico

Note: there is a mild obscenity in this post.

We have a feeling this quote will loom large in campaign 2012 lore:

"Kiss my ass; this is a holy site for the Polish people."

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11:25am

Tue July 31, 2012
It's All Politics

As Romney Heads Home, Campaign Steers Talk Back To Running Mate

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 1:40 pm

Mitt Romney speaks at the University of Warsaw Library in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday.
Charles Dharapak AP

After a weeklong international trip took the focus off of Bain Capital and taxes, the Mitt Romney campaign may be ready to take the focus off of its international trip.

On Tuesday, Romney wrapped up his three-nation tour with a speech in Poland, while back home, his campaign announced a new app to keep track of the running mate selection process: "The historic announcement is getting closer," said campaign adviser Beth Myers.

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10:57am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Torch

Missy Franklin On Winning Gold: 'Someone Needs To Pinch Me'

Missy Franklin stands on the podium with her gold medal, after winning the 100m backstroke at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Of that moment, she says, "I was trying to sing, but I was like, crying, at the same time."
Adam Pretty Getty Images

Missy Franklin couldn't contain herself — in the pool, on the medals stand and at her first gold medal news conference — after a dramatic finish in the 100 meter Olympic backstroke Monday night in London.

It wasn't an easy race. Out front and pulling hard with her graceful but powerful strokes, Emily Seebohm of Australia led in the last 50 meters, with the American Franklin a few strokes back.

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10:28am

Tue July 31, 2012
Politics and Government

Part II: Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner on the Campbell Conversations

Last week on the Campbell Conversations, we heard Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner talk about the city's deep financial challenges, and also reflect on the Destiny USA saga.

In this week's continuation of the conversation, she discusses suburban and rural views of the city, the Say Yes program, and her relations with the city council. She also talks about her recent experiences as co-chair of the State Democratic Party, and the political futures of Andrew Cuomo, as well as herself.

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10:13am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Torch

Let's Catch Up: Olympics Set Record Ratings; Venus Rolls To Third Round

Venus Williams of the United States returns a shot to Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada in their Olympic singles tennis match, played at Wimbledon. Williams won, 6-1, 6-3.
Clive Brunskill Getty Images

Good morning. Today will be another big one in London — we'll have a preview of the action in a jiffy. For now, here are some stories that caught our eye:

- The London Olympics are a ratings hit, as NBC's coverage has broken records. "Through the weekend NBC averaged 35.8 million viewers in London, five million more than Beijing, and over a million more than the previous record-holder, Atlanta," says the TVNewser blog.

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10:11am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Share Your Stories: Did You Do 'Bedtime Math' Or Something Like It?

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 7:14 am

A bedtime story is a longtime tradition. What about a math, science or history quiz, though?
George Marks Getty Images
  • Ashley Milne-Tyte reporting for 'Morning Edition'

Morning Edition catches up today with one New Jersey mom's way of teaching math to her children: bedtime problems "that soon became a beloved routine."

Laura Overdeck, as it says on her Bedtime Math website, "along with her husband, John, started giving math problems to their two older kids. ... [And] when their 2-year-old started hollering for his own math problem, they knew they were onto something."

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10:00am

Tue July 31, 2012
-Tuned To Yesterday

Tuned to Yesterday

# 614, Mystery, Lux Radio Theater “Deadline at Dawn” 5/20/46  

Tuned To Yesterday features programs from radio's golden era. Drama, Comedy, Western, Sci-Fi and more. Produced by Mark Lavonier.
 

9:58am

Tue July 31, 2012
Environment

What the Beijing Olympics could mean for climate change

During the 2008 Summer Olympics Beijing cut its traffic in half.
topgold Flickr

As the 2012 Summer Olympics get underway this weekend, the world's attention will be focused on London.

But a team of scientists has recently been keeping a very close eye on the city that hosted the games four years ago: Beijing. 

They've discovered that China's efforts to cut back on traffic and clean up its air during the 2008 Olympics could have big implications for curbing climate change.

A recent study published in the journal of Geophysical Research Letters shows that Beijing's traffic restrictions during the games led to a significant reduction in emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas: carbon dioxide (CO2).

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9:40am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Salt

Thank The Simple Wasp For That Complex Glass Of Wine

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 11:33 am

The European hornet, or vespa crabro, helps make wine by kickstarting the fermentation process while the grapes are still on the vine.
Otto Hahn Getty Images/Picture Press RM

The next time you take a sip of your favorite wine, you might want to make your first toast to hornets. Or, more precisely, European hornets and paper wasps.

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9:23am

Tue July 31, 2012
The Two-Way

Homes Prices Rise, Consumer Spending Flattens

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 11:55 am

Two fresh economic indicators:

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