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

Transcript

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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12:59pm

Mon May 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Early Report: U.S. Highway Deaths Fall To Lowest Number Since 1949

Skid marks left by a van are visible on a highway after a van plunged over both the concrete and iron railing, killing three generations of a Bronx family, in New York.
Louis Lanzano AP

If a preliminary report holds true, the number of road deaths fell again in 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 32,310 people died on highways last year, down almost 2 percent from the 32,885 people who died in 2010.

The Detroit News reports:

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12:49pm

Mon May 7, 2012
Political Junkie

Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar May Not Survive Tuesday's GOP Primary

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 11:03 pm

Both Democrats come off unsuccessful gov. campaigns; Barrett lost to Walker in 2010, and Falk lost the primary in 2006.
Ken Rudin collection

When Richard Lugar, the mayor of Indianapolis, first ran for the Senate, against Democratic incumbent Birch Bayh in 1974, a big part of his problem was that he was a partisan Republican.

In fairness, there was nothing wrong with being a partisan Republican in good GOP years ... in, say, 1972, when President Richard Nixon was on his way to a landslide re-election and Lugar was the keynote speaker at the GOP national convention.

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Mon May 7, 2012

12:14pm

Mon May 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Making $200 Million, 'The Avengers' Breaks Weekend Box Office Record

Marvel's The Avengers total worldwide haul is estimated to be $641.8 million in barely a week. The U.S. opening has set a new record at $200.3 million.
Walt Disney Pictures

12:04pm

Mon May 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Even A Small Slowdown In Obesity's Rise Would Save Big Money

iStockphoto.com

Slowing the rising rates of obesity in this country by just 1 percent a year over the next two decades would slice the costs of health care by $85 billion.

Keep obesity rates where they are now — well below a 33 percent increase that's been expected by some — and the savings would hit nearly $550 billion over the same 20 years.

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