8:00am

Sun August 21, 2011
NPR Story

Gov. McDonnell On His New National Influence

Originally published on Sun August 21, 2011 11:00 am

Transcript

JOHN YDSTIE, host: Another Republican governor made a move on to the national scene this past week. Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia was named chairman of the Republican Governor's Association. While that role isn't as dramatic as Governor Perry's high-octane campaign, it could influence the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Governor McDonnell joins us now. Good morning, Governor.

Governor BOB MCDONNELL: Hey. Good morning, John. Nice to be on with you.

YDSTIE: Nice to be on with you and congratulations on your new job.

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8:00am

Sun August 21, 2011
NPR Story

GOP Hopefuls Spread Out; Obama Gives Chase By Bus

With President Obama on vacation and Congress out of town, Washington, D.C., was relatively quiet this week. That, however, doesn't mean the political buzz has stopped. Guest host John Ydstie talks to Matt Continetti of the Weekly Standard and political consultant Karen Finney about President Obama's bus tour-slash-vacation, and about Gov. Rick Perry's take-no-prisoners speech.

6:13am

Sun August 21, 2011
Asia

A Battle Is Under Way For The Forests Of Borneo

A dirt road passes through remote Sekendal village in Indonesia's western Borneo. Some 60 percent of the island's forests have been cut down, and only 8 percent of the islands virgin forests remain, mostly in national parks.
Andrew Limbong for NPR

A spry 80-year-old cruises through the thick vegetation of western Borneo, or western Kalimantan, as it's known to Indonesians. Dressed in faded pinstripe slacks and a polo shirt, Layan Lujum carries a large knife in his hand. The chief of the island's Sekendal village is making his morning rounds.

Layan is a member of an indigenous ethnic group called the Dayaks, who once had a reputation as fierce headhunters. As on most mornings, his first job on a recent day is to tend to his rubber trees.

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6:12am

Sun August 21, 2011
Law

Strauss-Kahn Case A Big Test For Manhattan D.A.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. leaves court after a bail hearing was held for Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

The next few days may tell us a lot about the case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The former International Monetary Fund chief is due back in court on Tuesday, and prosecutors in New York are weighing whether to go forward in spite of big questions about the credibility of Strauss-Kahn's accuser.

The man who will make that call is Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. It may be the hardest decision he's faced since taking office 20 months ago.

The Path Back To NYC

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6:09am

Sun August 21, 2011
Around the Nation

New Policy Gives Hope To Some Facing Deportation

The Obama administration on Thursday said it would review the deportation cases of 300,000 illegal immigrants.

The policy might make a difference to thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children because the administration wants to put high priority on removing convicted criminals, and low priority on cases that involve people who pose no security threat.

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1:37am

Sun August 21, 2011
Africa

Libyan Rebels Say They've Launched Attack On Tripoli

Tens of thousands of Libyans celebrate what the rebels claim to be the first uprising in Tripoli against the Gadhafi's regime on Sunday at freedom square in Benghazi, Libya.
Gianluigi Guercia AFP/Getty Images

Heavy two-way gunfire and mortar rounds have been heard in Tripoli, as rebels inch closer to the Libyan capital from the western mountains.

In the west, rebels control the road leading to the border with Tunisia. To the east, they control Misrata and Zlitan. Since taking the city of Gheryan, rebel forces have cut off the road from the south.

"Tripoli is essentially being strangled," says NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro.

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4:11pm

Sat August 20, 2011
Politics

Should The Government Subsidize Your House?

Viral Acharya is an economics professor at New York University.
New York University Stern School of Business

Say you own a house in Gainesville, Fla., or St. Paul, Minn. It cost you $172,000 — that's the median sales price of a single family home in the United States. You put 20 percent down when you bought the house, and you're able to make your monthly payments — but just barely. This property is your little slice of the American dream.

Now what if someone tells you the plan is to raise your interest rate, cut your house value and eliminate the tax deduction you get for mortgage interest?

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2:27pm

Sat August 20, 2011
Television

'Intrepid Cub Reporter' Living With A 'Colbert Bump'

Katie Eastman's first appearance on The Colbert Report wasn't her last.

A couple weeks ago, Katie Eastman was asleep at her boyfriend's place in Chicago. She had the night off from her job as a reporter at WOI-ABC 5 in Des Moines, Iowa. She'd been on the job about two months, after graduating from college in the spring.

"I woke up to a barrage of voicemails, text messages, tweets" she says. One message, from a friend across the country, said only, "Katie. I just saw everything. I hope you're all right. Call me."

As she was sleeping, Eastman had just broken into the national spotlight.

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10:07am

Sat August 20, 2011
Middle East

Libyan Rebels Take Hold In Strategic City

Rebels in Libya are tightening their grip on territory they've seized from forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi. They are fighting battles in coastal cities around the capital of Tripoli, capturing the main square in the strategic western city of Zawiya after more than a week of heavy fighting.

NPR has not independently confirmed wire reports that the rebels control Zawiya, but a victory in that city would be an important boost for the rebels as they try to tighten the noose on Gadhafi's stronghold in Tripoli, just 30 miles to the east.

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8:00am

Sat August 20, 2011
Around the Nation

Hotel Maid's Lawyer Fights To Keep DSK Case Alive

Dominique Strauss-Kahn is due back in court next Tuesday. The sexual assault case against him has been on shaky ground since prosecutors announced they had serious concerns about the credibility of his accuser. But there's one person who's determined to prosecute: the woman's lawyer, Kenneth Thompson. Ailsa Chang of member station WNYC profiles Thompson, a federal prosecutor turned victim's lawyer. Note: This report contains graphic language.

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