3:15pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Mitt Romney

An Adviser To Both Plans Explains The Differences

As Mitt Romney's opponents continue to compare "Romneycare" unfavorably with "Obamacare," we decided to take another look at the plans' similarities and differences. For additional insight, we turned to John McDonough, director of Harvard's Center for Public Health Leadership.

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3:14pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Mitt Romney

A Tale Of Two Health Plans: Romney Versus Obama

President Obama, surrounded by lawmakers and guests, signs health care insurance legislation during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010.

Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to be headed into the 2012 GOP presidential primary season as the consistent, if not overwhelming, favorite for his party's nomination.

But there remains great discomfort among a wide swath of party members over the striking similarity of the Massachusetts health care reform legislation Romney signed in 2006 as governor, and the federal health care overhaul President Obama put his signature on last year.

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3:00pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Book Reviews

Book Review: '1Q84'

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 12:05 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

If you loved the novel "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," if you loved following the main character, Lisbeth Salander, on her adventures, then our book reviewer, Alan Cheuse, has good news for you. Lisbeth Salander has a sort of soul sister. She's one of the two central characters in a new novel by a different author. It's by Haruki Murakami, and the book is called "1Q84."

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3:00pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Business

What Is The Future Of Natural Gas Use In The U.S.?

The Kinder Morgan deal will likely make the company the largest natural gas pipeline operator in North America. This comes at a time when more people in the U.S. are becoming reliant on the fuel. For more, Robert Siegel speaks with Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Associates and author of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.

3:00pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Politics

Letter Carrier Union Hires Former Obama Adviser

The union representing the nation's letter carriers has hired a former Obama administration adviser as it faces proposals that could lead to layoffs of thousands of its members. Ron Bloom oversaw the administration's auto industry task force. His hiring by the National Association of Letter Carriers comes as the union is negotiating a new contract with the U.S. Postal Service, which cannot find a way to make delivering mail by hand profitable. It is losing billions of dollars and is considering drastic steps to cut costs.

3:00pm

Mon October 17, 2011
NPR Story

Kinder Morgan Announces Plan To Buy El Paso

A huge deal in the energy business is just the latest signal that natural gas is a hot commodity. One of the largest natural gas pipeline operators, Kinder Morgan, is buying its rival El Paso for $21 billion.

3:00pm

Mon October 17, 2011
NPR Story

N.Y. Prosecutors Investigate SAT Cheating Ring

Prosecutors in New York are broadening their investigation into an SAT cheating ring at Great Neck North High School. They allege Sam Eshaghoff was paid thousands of dollars to impersonate and take the test for at least six high schoolers. Educational Testing Services, the company that makes the SAT, says this is a rare and isolated incident. But investigators and lawyers say this is the tip of the iceberg, more arrests are coming, and hard questions are being asked of ETS.

2:53pm

Mon October 17, 2011
Latin America

Cuba's 'Ladies In White' Mourn Leader's Death

Pollan founded the Ladies in White after her husband, Cuban dissident Hector Maseda, was jailed. He was released in February this year. In this photo from March, Maseda kisses Pollan before a meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Havana, Cuba.

Javier Galeano AP

In Cuba, the leader of the island's most prominent dissident group has died. Laura Pollan was a founder of the Ladies in White, but her death at age 63 Friday after a brief illness comes at an especially difficult time for Cuba's small opposition movement.

The only officially tolerated act of public protest in Cuba occurs on Sundays, after the Ladies in White gather for mass at the Santa Rita church in Havana.

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2:50pm

Mon October 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Harbaugh, Schwartz And The Back Slap Heard 'Round The NFL

Originally published on Mon October 17, 2011 4:14 pm

Harbaugh (in dark cap and jacket) and Schwartz (in white jacket with blue stripes) are separated by the 49ers' Venron Davis (85).

Rick Osentoski AP

2:30pm

Mon October 17, 2011
The Two-Way

A Camera's Not The Only Thing Tourists Bring On Visits To Lady Liberty

The Statue of Liberty is seen through fog prior to the start of the 125th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty ceremony on Liberty Island in Sept. 2011.

Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

Quick: What's the first thing you'd grab for a day trip to Liberty Island to get an up-close look at the Statue of Liberty?

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