2:36pm

Mon September 19, 2011
Youth Radio

Calif. Community Takes Action Against Sex Trafficking

High-heel shoes hang from a gated window in an empty alley behind the National Lodge Motel. The Oakland city attorney has filed suit against the motel, arguing that it knowingly facilitates child sex trafficking.
Denise Tejada

In the San Antonio neighborhood in Oakland, Calif., sex trafficking has been a problem since several motels moved into the community decades ago attracting pimps.

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2:30pm

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

In Their Words: Obama, Boehner On Taxes

Far apart: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and President Obama in July.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

For comparison purposes, here's a look at the latest words about taxes from President Obama (D) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). As NPR's Mara Liasson said earlier, "yes, we're at a stalemate."

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2:18pm

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Abbas: 'Matters Will Be Bad' For Palestinian Authority After Statehood Move

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas sounded a defiant note, today, while still recognizing the consequences of asking the United Nations to grant Palestinians statehood.

Abbas said he planned on presenting a formal request to the U.N. during his speech on Friday. As Reuters reports, Abbas also said "all hell has broken out" against them because of the decision.

Reuters adds:

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2:12pm

Mon September 19, 2011
Afghanistan

Afghan Parliament Still Stymied By Election Dispute

Protesters in Kabul, Afghanistan, demonstrate against the results of last September's parliamentary poll, Jan. 23, 2011. A year after the elections were held, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and lawmakers are still fighting over the results, and the Parliament has accomplished very little.
Musadeq Sadeq AP

Last weekend marked a milestone for Afghanistan's Parliament that should have been cause for celebration: It's been a year since Afghans braved the threat of insurgent violence to go to the polls to pick a new legislature.

But a dispute over election results has smoldered between President Hamid Karzai and lawmakers ever since. And the resulting gridlock has prevented the new parliament from passing a single notable law, confirming any of the president's ministers, or giving any oversight to the president or his cabinet.

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1:05pm

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Welcome To The List: Italian Sparrow Is A Species, Researchers Say

An Italian sparrow.
L. B. Tettenborn

Bird watchers, and other nature lovers, take note:

"Scientists in Norway say they have conclusive genetic evidence that sparrows recently evolved a third species," the BBC reports. "The Italian sparrow, they argue, is a cross between the ubiquitous house sparrow and the Spanish sparrow."

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1:00pm

Mon September 19, 2011
Opinion

Op-Ed: Time For U.S. To Recognize A New Middle East

Originally published on Mon September 26, 2011 1:36 pm

Transcript

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1:00pm

Mon September 19, 2011
NPR Story

'The Boy Who Became Mark Twain' Finds Himself

Hal Holbrook is best known for his timeless portrayal of Mark Twain. But before becoming a beloved actor, Holbrook endured a painful childhood. In Harold: the Boy Who Became Mark Twain, Holbrook shares how he found his own identity by playing others on the stage and screen.

1:00pm

Mon September 19, 2011
Politics

The Details, And Politics, Of Obama's Deficit Plan

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 5:33 pm

Transcript

NEAL CONAN, host: This morning at the White House, President Obama laid out his plan to reduce the federal deficit by an additional $3 trillion over the next 10 years. The plan calls for reduced spending for benefit programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. But about a third of it consists of new revenues, higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans and the president drew a line in the sand.

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1:00pm

Mon September 19, 2011
Your Money

No Single Solution For Emerging From Poverty

2010 Census data shows a record 46 million Americans now live in poverty. For each person below the poverty line, there is a unique story of how they got there. Regaining your financial footing, many experts argue, requires a number of specific steps.

12:59pm

Mon September 19, 2011
The Two-Way

UBS Ups Estimate On Rogue Trader Loss

UBS equities trader Kweku Adoboli (L) is led into a prison van as he leaves City of London Magistrates Court in central London on Friday.
Adrian Dennis AFP/Getty Images

The Swiss bank UBS announced last night that a rogue trader lost more money than it originally announced. UBS said the total loss is $2.3 billion. In a statement, the bank also gave some detail about the alleged actions of Kwaku Adoboli, who was arrested and charged in London on Friday.

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