4:02pm

Wed May 9, 2012
NPR Story

Obama Affirms Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:14 pm

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4:02pm

Wed May 9, 2012
News

Government Job Cuts Threaten Black Middle Class

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:58 pm

An employee loads flat trays onto a truck at the U.S. Postal Service processing and distribution center in Merrifield, Va. The USPS, which is projecting a $14.1 billion loss this fiscal year, is discussing restructuring options with potential advisers.
Andrew Harrier Bloomberg via Getty Images

The planned downsizing of the U.S. Postal Service, which wants to shed thousands of jobs and reduce hours at post offices, struck Baltimore native Eric Easter at his core.

For him, it will mark the end of an era in which a post office job has meant stability and a path to a better life, as it did for him and his six siblings living in public housing in the 1960s.

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3:35pm

Wed May 9, 2012
The Two-Way

President Obama: Same-Sex Couples Should Be Able To Wed

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 5:19 pm

President Barack Obama is seen on a monitor in the White House briefing room in Washington, Wednesday. President Barack Obama told an ABC interviewer that he supports gay marriage.
Carolyn Kaster AP

In an interview with ABC News, President Obama declared his support for gay marriage. This marks a departure from the president's previous stance, which has repeatedly been described as "evolving."

Here's the money quote from ABC's OTUS blog:

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3:20pm

Wed May 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Agent, Double Agent Or Mole? Which Was The Underwear Bomb Character?

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 3:45 pm

Alex Wong Getty Images

Many headlines and stories (including some of ours) have been saying that a "double agent" infiltrated al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and foiled a plot to get another underwear bomb aboard a U.S.-bound passenger jet.

But we've been looking at definitions of spy terms and think that based on what we have been told so far, the person at the center of the story wasn't a double agent.

That character was at least an "agent."

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2:49pm

Wed May 9, 2012
You Must Read This

Beyond The 'Blonde': A Look At Marilyn's Inner Life

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:19 pm

Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

Manuel Munoz's first novel is What You See in the Dark.

Think Julianne Moore's take on Sarah Palin, or Meryl Streep's depiction of Margaret Thatcher.

Actors in biopics have a major leg up on writers when it comes to developing character. Even casual viewers can judge the performance a success if it mimics what we remember of the public persona.

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2:37pm

Wed May 9, 2012
The Salt

What Our Gut Microbes Say About Us

The bacterium Enterococcus faecalis is a beautiful example of a gut microbe.
National Institutes of Health

What if it's not just our genes or our lifestyle, exactly, that makes us skinny or fat, healthy or sick? What if it's also the makeup of the bacterial ecosystem that inhabits our gut?

A growing pile of scientific studies is pointing us in that direction. Researchers in this hot new field describe the microbes in our gut as a vital organ that's as essential as our liver or kidneys. They're finding that this organ, which they call the "microbiome," varies greatly from person to person.

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2:31pm

Wed May 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Study: Plastic Garbage In Pacific Ocean Has Increased 100-Fold In 40 Years

An insect known as a "sea skater." Scientists say the abundance of floating plastic has led to an increase of these creatures.
Scripp Institution of Oceanography

The amount of plastic debris in the part of the Pacific Ocean known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" has grown 100-fold in the past 40 years.

In a paper published today by the journal Biology Letters, scientists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography report that most of that plastic has degraded into pieces no bigger than a fingernail. But that wasn't the major finding the scientists are reporting.

The scientists have found that all those pieces of plastic have provided ample opportunity for insects called "sea skaters" to breed.

The AP reports:

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2:05pm

Wed May 9, 2012
Around the Nation

Solo-Sailing The Americas: Pushing The Extremes

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 11:24 am

Matt Rutherford sailed for Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, which gives sailing opportunities to people with mental and physical disabilities.
Mark Duehmig

On June 11, 2011, Matt Rutherford set sail from Annapolis, Md., on an epic voyage. He traveled down the Chesapeake Bay, up the East Coast, then through the Northwest Passage, down the Pacific, around Cape Horn, back up the coast of South America, and all the way back home.

In 10 months, he sailed over 27,000 miles in a 27-foot sailboat — named the St. Brendan after the 6th-century explorer — and became the first person to complete a solo, nonstop circumnavigation of the Americas.

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2:05pm

Wed May 9, 2012
Middle East

The Unintended Consequences Of Libya's Revolution

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:14 pm

The fall of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi's regime in Libya was hailed as one of the great successes of the Arab Spring. More than six months later, attacks continue on the prime minister's compound and well-armed mercenary fighters and stockpiles of weapons have made their way into Sub-Saharan Africa.

2:05pm

Wed May 9, 2012
Energy

Iraq's Oil Boom And The Global Market

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:14 pm

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