9:00am

Tue January 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Scorsese's 'Hugo' Leads The Oscars With 11 Nominations

In the movie "Hugo," abandoned by an alcoholic uncle after the death of his father, Hugo services the train station tower clock by day and sleeps in it by night.
Jaap Buitendijk Paramount Pictures

The Academy Awards announced this morning that Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," a film about the adventure of an orphan in 1930s Paris, was nominated for 11 Oscars, including best picture and best director.

The mostly silent film "The Artist" came in second with 10 nominations.

The AP reports:

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8:30am

Tue January 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Advisor Plouffe: Expect A State Of The Union Heavy On The Economy

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 9:03 am

White House advisor David Plouffe.
AP

Tonight, President Obama is set to deliver the final state of the union address of his first term. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne spoke to White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe for a preview of the president's speech.

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8:22am

Tue January 24, 2012
Politics and Government

Anti-fracking protest at State Capitol draws hundreds

Actress Debra Winger at an anti-fracking rally in Albany Monday
Karen Dewitt

Actress Debra Winger and Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox were among hundreds of anti fracking protesters who descended upon the State Capitol Monday, in one of the largest demonstrations against the natural gas drilling process so far.

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7:44am

Tue January 24, 2012
Regional Coverage

Schumer pushing for release of Syracuse native being held captive in Syria

N.Y. Senator Charles Schumer is pressing for the release of a Syracuse native being held captive in Syria.

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7:12am

Tue January 24, 2012
The Two-Way

Mitt Romney's Tax Returns Show $43 Million Income In Past Two Years

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, seen at a weekend campaign event in Ormond Beach, Fla., released 2010 tax returns showing he is among the top 1 percent of taxpayers.
Charles Dharapak AP

In releasing details of his tax burden for the past two years, Mitt Romney offered a small window into a vast wealth. The tax records show that the former Massachusetts governor made $42.6 million over the past two years and because most of it came from capital gains, he paid $6.2 million in taxes.

That means that in 2010, his tax rate was 13.9 percent, and in 2011, it's expected to be 15.4 percent, lower than many Americans who pay taxes on wages.

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7:10am

Tue January 24, 2012
Around the Nation

Disney Alters Facial Hair Policy At U.S. Theme Parks

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 10:00 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. At Disneyland and Disney World, everyone working there has a clean-cut image. It goes back to the 1950s, when Disneyland first opened and facial hair was banned. Even though Uncle Walt Disney had one, moustaches weren't even allowed until 2000. But starting next month, employees will finally be allowed to have beards, as long as they're kept short and trim, unless maybe you're one of the seven dwarves. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:01am

Tue January 24, 2012
Around the Nation

Competitive Eater Set Twinkie-Eating Record

Competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi is best known for eating hot dogs. He once ate 69 in 10 minutes. Now he's on to a different food. TV host Wendy Williams invited Kobayashi on her show to set the Guiness record for most Twinkies consumed in a minute. There was no previous record for Twinkie eating.

7:00am

Tue January 24, 2012
Politics

Is The State Of The Union Address Obsolete?

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 5:07 pm

President Obama delivers last year's State of the Union Address on Jan. 25, 2011.
Evan Vucci AP

Given the nonstop, stereo-rock news cycle, the warp speed tempo of geopolitics and the constant to-and-fro between the media and the president, has the State of the Union address become obsolete?

Traditionally, the speech — an annual where-we-stand lecture delivered by the president to a joint session of Congress — has for decades been an opportunity for the professor in chief to issue a national report card and put current events in calm, codifiable context.

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4:00am

Tue January 24, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Campaign Finally Releases His Tax Returns

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 10:00 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

All right, so Romney has gone on the attack in Florida, and he'll also be answering a lot of questions today about those taxes that he is releasing. As we heard from Mara, it turns out over the last few years, the effective tax rate Romney has paid is just under 15 percent.

Now, Newt Gingrich has been pressing Romney to publicly disclose the documents. And the former House speaker released his own tax returns, to dramatic effect, during a debate last Thursday.

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4:00am

Tue January 24, 2012
Around the Nation

Mass. Senate Race To Block Third-Party Political Ads

The two dominant candidates for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts say they want to keep superPAC ads out of the state. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren have signed a pledge requiring that each candidate donate half the cost of any outside ad to charity, if that ad either supports their candidacy or attacks their opponent.

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