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12:25pm

Tue February 28, 2012
The Two-Way

At UAW Conference, Obama Defends Auto Bailout

President Barack Obama alongside UAW President Bob King prior to his speech at the United Auto Workers conference in Washington, D.C.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

In a speech to a convention of United Auto Workers, President Obama vigorously defended his administration's bailout of the auto industry.

Without naming his Republican opponents, a combative President Obama took shots at their opposition to the bailout.

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12:20pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Author Interviews

Putin 101: Understanding Russia's 'Strongman'

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 12:36 pm

Macmillan

Russia's presidential election is on Saturday. The projected winner is current prime minister — and former president — Vladimir Putin, the subject of a new biography, The Strongman. Author Angus Roxburgh is a longtime journalist who served briefly as a public relations adviser to the Kremlin. He joined Morning Edition's David Greene to discuss the complicated figure who dominates and defines Russian politics.


Interview Highlights

On Putin's ability to manipulate others

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12:00pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Religion

Obama Gets Heat For Koran Burning Apology

Obama administration officials sent apologies after fatal riots broke out in Afghanistan, following the burning of Korans. But was saying sorry necessary? Host Michel Martin talks with two Muslim Americans with differing views: Arsalan Iftikhar, author of Islamic Pacifism, and Asra Nomani, who trains the U.S. military on cultural sensitivity.

12:00pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Around the Nation

Finding Room For Fashion In The Courtroom

Tricia Elam once worked in a small Washington, DC law firm — where she learned, to her dismay, that proper attire meant plain suits and flat shoes. But she discovered a way to combine her passions for justice and fashion. She shares her vision with host Michel Martin. Elam is profiled in this week's Washington Post Magazine.

12:00pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Money Coach

The Fight Over Overdraft Fees

Banks recently made huge profits from overdraft fees. Now the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau asks how much of that was bad money management by customers, and how much was banks gaming the system. Host Michel Martin talks with Washington Post Financial Reporter Ylan Mui and regular financial contributor Alvin Hall.

12:00pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Parenting

Single Motherhood: Good For Babies And Moms?

The non-profit Child Trends reports that a growing number of children are born to single mothers. Journalist Bonnie Goldstein — who was a single mom — argues that single women should think twice before deciding to have children. Host Michel Martin talks with Goldstein, single mom Resa Barillas, and Dani Tucker, a regular parenting contributor.

11:55am

Tue February 28, 2012
Politics

As GOP Races On, Puerto Rico Could Be Battleground

Mitt Romney campaigns with Puerto Rican Gov. Luis Fortuno at Lanco Paint Co. in Orlando, Fla., last month. The Puerto Rico's March 18 primary could be a significant source of delegates for the GOP candidates.
Charles Dharapak AP

Residents of Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens, but they get a say in who should be president only by voting in the Democratic and Republican party primaries. Because Puerto Rico is a territory, not a state, Puerto Ricans are not allowed to vote in the general election. The political parties, on the other hand, can set their own nominating procedures, and on occasion Puerto Rico becomes a primary battleground.

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10:41am

Tue February 28, 2012
The Salt

When Food Truck Horns Meet Wedding Bells

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 2:02 pm

Many food trucks, like Carpe Donut, are finding new business catering weddings.
Courtesy of Jack Looney

Owning a food truck may sound like fun – it's a free wheeling, superhip, and low-cost way to experiment with food service. But increasingly food truckers are finding that they're up against some unfriendly realities of city streets, namely a shortage of parking spots.

That's why many, like Nida Rodriguez, who steers the helm of The Slide Ride, a Chicago truck that dishes out gourmet mini sandwiches, are now focused on catering events from office parties to weddings.

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10:33am

Tue February 28, 2012
The Two-Way

As Bombardment Continues, Rebels Smuggle Journalist Out Of Syria

A man burns a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a demonstration on the outskirts of Idlib, northern Syria, on Sunday.
Rodrigo Abd AP

A British photojournalist hurt during the government shelling of Homs is now safe in Lebanon, his employer told Reuters.

Reuters adds that The Sunday Times said Paul Conroy was in "good shape and good spirits."

Conroy was hurt in the same incident that killed two other journalists, including his colleague Marie Colvin and Frenchman Remi Ochlik. There is no word whether French journalist Edith Bouvier, who is also hurt, is still in Syria.

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10:31am

Tue February 28, 2012
It's All Politics

A 'New Low'? Romney Has Admitted Voting In Other Party's Primary

Following a visit to his Michigan campaign headquarters on Feb. 28, Mitt Romney told reporters that Republican voters should choose the party's nominee.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

In a final burst of campaigning in Michigan Tuesday, embattled GOP front-runner Mitt Romney complained that rival Rick Santorum was making automated phone calls to Democrats and urging them to vote against Romney in the Republican race. (Although only declared Republicans can vote in the party primary, voters can change their affiliation to cast a ballot.)

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10:17am

Tue February 28, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Coming To A Strip Mall Near You, A Health Insurance Store

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 10:47 am

Now you can add health coverage to your shopping list.
iStockphoto.com

Soon millions of people will shop for health insurance on their own.

The health care overhaul requires nearly everyone to have health insurance, after all, and employer coverage has been slowly, steadily declining.

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10:11am

Tue February 28, 2012
Around the Nation

A Nation Divided: Can We Agree On Anything?

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 6:09 pm

Chris McDonough, a Republican (left), and Robert O'Brien, a Democrat, argue about political issues outside a caucus in Portland, Maine, in February.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

Like baseballs in a batting cage, the controversies that divide us just keep on coming. Fast and unpredictable.

Last month it was the flap over the Susan G. Komen foundation and its move to cut financial support of Planned Parenthood. The resulting imbroglio dredged up deeply held convictions among Americans about women's health issues and "cause marketing" that, in this case, has resulted in profits for companies promoting breast cancer awareness and research through pink and omnipresent product tie-ins.

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9:57am

Tue February 28, 2012
It's All Politics

As Michigan Heads To Polls, Romney Buoyed By Santorum Stumbles

Originally published on Tue February 28, 2012 11:14 am

In a final bit of campaigning before Tuesday's vote, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, wave to his supporters during a campaign stop in Royal Oak, Mich., on Monday night.
Rebecca Cook Reuters /Landov

Less than a month ago, it seemed inconceivable that Mitt Romney would have to fight for his political life in his home state of Michigan.

But fast-moving economic changes, the candidate's verbal stumbles and event venue blunders, and the ascent of flamethrower social conservative Rick Santorum have left Romney sweating to eke out a win Tuesday in Michigan's Republican presidential primary, where the latest polls show a tight race.

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8:49am

Tue February 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Order For Durable Goods Drops 4 Percent

The Commerce Department says a drop in spending on transportation and business equipment contributed to a 4 percent decrease in manufactured durable goods in January.

The decrease follows three consecutive monthly increases, including a 3.2 percent increase in December.

The AP reports:

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8:35am

Tue February 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney Calls Santorum's Robocalls To Democrats A 'Terrible Dirty Trick'

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, addresses supporters at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Michigan on Monday.
Carlos Osorio AP

With the latest polls showing a dead heat in Michigan, the leading Republican presidential candidates are taking swipes at each other just hours before voters will head to the polls.

The latest spat between former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is over a Santorum "robocall" campaign that targets Democratic voters.

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7:58am

Tue February 28, 2012
Japan In Crisis

One Year Later, 'Inside Japan's Nuclear Meltdown'

After the earthquake, workers were sent inside Reactor 1 to release some of the pressure building up inside of the reactors.
Frontline

Almost one year ago, the Fukushima nuclear disaster nearly led to a global catastrophe, if not for the efforts of a small group of engineers, soldiers, and firemen, who risked their own lives in the days after the disaster to prevent a complete nuclear meltdown.

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7:56am

Tue February 28, 2012
The Two-Way

Second Student In Ohio School Shooting Dies

Community members attend a a prayer service for victims of a school shooting at Chardon Assembly of God in Chardon, Ohio on Monday.
Mark Duncan AP

A second student has died as a result of injuries he received during yesterday's shooting rampage at a Chardon, Ohio school.

Russell King Jr., 17, was pronounced dead early this morning. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports:

"Russell was described by students as a sociable kid who got along well with people.

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7:28am

Tue February 28, 2012
Around the Nation

A Touch Of Paris Arrives In Los Angeles

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. A touch of Paris has arrived in L.A. Angelinos, like Parisians, can now enjoy fine dining with their pet dogs. The Health Department has deemed dogs perfectly safe as eating companions. Effective immediately, canines will be welcomed in the outdoor seating areas of restaurants. But pet dogs will be denied some elements of standard restaurant service. For one thing, dining does not include sitting on a chair. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

7:22am

Tue February 28, 2012
The Two-Way

After Rain Then Fire, Matt Kenseth Wins Daytona 500

Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Best Buy Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane with champagne after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday.
Jared C. Tilton Getty Images for NASCAR

7:16am

Tue February 28, 2012
Around the Nation

Lost Wallet Turns Up 35 Years Later

Gean Brown Jr. was installing pipes in an attic in Spring Hill, Kan., and somehow he lost his wallet. He never expected to see it again. More than three decades later, Brown received a call last week. The current owner of that house had found the wallet.

7:00am

Tue February 28, 2012
It's All Politics

Santorum Could Lose Michigan Vote But Still Gain Delegates

Polls show Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in a tight race heading into Tuesday's Michigan primary. Santorum's campaign signs are stuck in the snow before his campaign stop at the The Colonial Valley Suites on Feb. 26 in Davison, Mich.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

If primaries and caucus victories are still all about media attention and momentum, then, yes, it's critical who wins Michigan's statewide vote Tuesday. All the more so if that winner is not Mitt Romney, who grew up there and whose dad was governor in the 1960s.

But as to collecting actual delegates for the actual GOP nomination? Tuesday's vote in Michigan probably will not matter much at all.

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4:41am

Tue February 28, 2012
Middle East

AP Source: Israel Won't Warn U.S. Before Iran Strike

Israeli officials say they won't warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, according to one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions. The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone ahead of meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill.

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4:00am

Tue February 28, 2012
NPR Story

Business News

David Greene has business news.

4:00am

Tue February 28, 2012
NPR Story

Ford's High-Tech Solutions May Ease Gridlcok

Ford is betting technology can help relieve traffic congestion around the world. In a speech Monday, Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. said the company is investing in systems that will bypass traffic jams, locate parking spots and communicate with other vehicles to avoid accidents.

4:00am

Tue February 28, 2012
NPR Story

The Last News In Business

Matt Spaccarelli was one of those unlimited data customers being throttled by AT&T. He took his beef to small claims court, and last Friday he was awarded $850. His was a lone suit. AT&T's contract forbids class-action lawsuits.

4:00am

Tue February 28, 2012
Technology

Google To Ramp Up Online Tracking

Privacy protections on Internet browsers are anything but ironclad. Companies circumvent them routinely. Most people know they are being observed online but figuring out how is complicated.

4:00am

Tue February 28, 2012
Media

2nd Murdoch Tabloid Focus Of Bribery Scandal

The senior police official investigating wrongdoing by journalists in London says there was a culture of illegal payments at the Sun tabloid to create a network of paid informants across the British government. The Sun is the second tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp to be the focus of wrongdoing.

4:00am

Tue February 28, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Campaigns in Michigan

Arizona and Michigan voters cast their ballots Tuesday in the Republican presidential primary. A month ago, nobody expected these states to be consequential, but it's clear that the results could dramatically change the direction of the race.

4:00am

Tue February 28, 2012
Economy

Where Does The Economic Recovery Stand?

Morning Edition's Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, of "The Wall Street Journal," and Zanny Minton Beddoes, of "The Economist," about how to read the latest economic signs, and whether there are any bright areas for growth.

4:00am

Tue February 28, 2012
Middle East

Ordinary Israelis Ponder An Attack Against Iran

Originally published on Sun March 4, 2012 8:37 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's stay in the region and turned to Israel now, where concerns are growing over Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program. Israel's minister of defense travels to the U.S. today, that's ahead of that's ahead of a visit by his boss, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, next week. The subject of Iran is expected to dominate much of those high-level talks in Washington.

NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro visited the Israeli city of Tel Aviv to gauge concern among residents there.

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