12:49pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Book Reviews

A Quaint, Compelling 'Pilgrim' Tale In The New World

I'll admit, it's kind of hokey to be talking about a novel called The Pilgrim right before Thanksgiving. What's even more quaint is the fact that The Pilgrim is one of those straightforward works of historical fiction the likes of which we don't see so much anymore.

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12:48pm

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Head-On Collision Kills 18 Kindergarteners In China, Prompting Outcry

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 2:12 pm

Chinese police stand beside a damaged school bus after it collided with a red truck on a road in the Yulinzi township in northwest China's Gansu province.
AFP/Getty Images

A truck carrying coal slammed into a overcrowded bus this morning in the Northwest Chinese township of Yulinzi, killing 18 children and two adults. According to China's official news agency Xinhua, 44 other children were injured. Xinhua reports that "a van with nine seats was carrying 64 people."

Reuters reports that the accident has prompted anger toward the government:

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12:31pm

Wed November 16, 2011
It's All Politics

Wisconsin's Governor: Recall Drive Is About Unions Seeking 'Power'

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, March 7, 2011.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Many of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's citizens may be signing petitions for his recall in reaction to the battle he led earlier in the year to weaken his state's public-employee unions.

But Walker doesn't appear to be backing off one inch from his stance that he did what was right for his state.

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12:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Movies

Documentary Shows Language Saved From Extinction

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 11:45 am

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

The Thanksgiving holiday is next week and while many hosts are still refining their menus or planning their travel, many school children are probably learning the legend of the first Thanksgiving. A feast of thanks held after the native people of the area taught the English Pilgrims to survive in a world that was new to them.

The irony of course is that the holiday survived, while the language and the culture of the people who made it all possible seem to be on the verge of extinction.

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12:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Politics

Small Business Owner On Why Walker Must Go

Host Michel Martin continues the conversation surrounding the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. He is under fire after pushing through legislation that stripped most public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Martin speaks with Lynn Freeman of United Wisconsin, a group leading the recall effort.

12:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Beauty Shop

Beauty Shop: Role Of Media In GOP Primary Race

Sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain are still dominating headlines, but many political commentators are calling it a distraction. In this week's Beauty Shop, host Michel Martin hears from a panel of politically savvy women who weigh in on this and other political news.

12:00pm

Wed November 16, 2011
Politics

Gov. Walker: Recall Effort Wastes Time, Resources

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is fighting back opponents who want him out of office. If organizers gather more than 500,000 signatures in 60 days, a new election will be held in 2012. Host Michel Martin speaks with Gov. Walker, who defends his record and criticizes the recall effort that began Tuesday.

11:29am

Wed November 16, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

A Texas-Size Health Insurance Mandate For Heart Tests

Everything's big in Texas. Even health insurance mandates, it seems.

The Center for Public Integrity is out with a story about a Texas law that made it mandatory for health insurers to reimburse patients up to $200 for CT scans and ultrasound tests to look for heart trouble.

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11:15am

Wed November 16, 2011
The Two-Way

Bullets Found At White House, One Struck A Window

Originally published on Wed November 16, 2011 2:27 pm

The "Israel" tattoo on Ortega-Herndandez's neck.
U.S. Park Police
(New top to this post added at 2:20 p.m. ET)

The U.S. Secret Service just confirmed that Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez has been arrested in connection with the gunshots fired Friday night in Washington — one of which apparently hit a window at the White House.

In a statement sent to reporters, the agency says:

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9:47am

Wed November 16, 2011
The Upstate Economy

Sen. Gillibrand pushing "Upstate Works Act" in Senate

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Tuesday that a package of measures to create jobs in upstate New York is now in the Senate Finance Committee.  The legislation would do five things: spur clean energy businesses, help farmers diversify their products, retrain workers for specific local manufacturer needs, invest in infrastructure and expand rural broadband access.

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