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1:46am

Fri June 29, 2012
Latin America

Mexican Leftist Faces Uphill Task In Presidential Bid

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 5:00 am

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, presidential candidate for the Democratic Revolution Party, waves at supporters during the closing rally of his campaign at the main Zocalo plaza in Mexico City on Wednesday.
Esteban Felix AP

With just two days left before Mexicans elect a new president, polls show that the candidate of the former ruling party is poised to win the race by a wide margin. But there are those who don't want to see a return of the PRI, which ruled Mexico for more than 70 years until 2000 with a mix of corruption and cronyism. They say their best hope is leftist PRD party candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

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11:13pm

Thu June 28, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

High Court Health Care Ruling Shifts Action To States

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 9:27 pm

Protesters and supporters of President Obama's health care law await the Supreme Court's ruling Thursday. The court ruled to uphold the law. The focus now shifts to the states, which are responsible for the lion's share of getting people without insurance covered.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold nearly all of the Affordable Care Act may move the debate to the presidential campaign trail. But it shifts much of the burden of implementing the law to the states.

States are actually responsible for the lion's share of getting people without insurance covered under the health law.

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12:25pm

Thu June 28, 2012
NPR Story

Health Care Ruling: Business, Legal Reactions

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 2:03 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We have been devoting this hour of MORNING EDITION to the Supreme Court's decision upholding President Obama's signature health care law that came through less than two hours ago. Within minutes of the court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, health care related stocks swung up and then down.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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12:25pm

Thu June 28, 2012
NPR Story

Health Care Ruling: Examing Dissent

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:48 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And I'm Linda Wertheimer. In a momentous and long-anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court has decided to uphold President Obama's health care law. The decision is a major victory for the president.

MONTAGNE: His challenger, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, will offer his own response in a few moments. For their part, House Republicans have vowed to repeal the law.

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11:44am

Thu June 28, 2012
NPR Story

How Does The Ruling Change The Health Care Law?

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:37 pm

The entire health care sphere has been bracing for what might happen and all the chaos that might ensue from what the court might do, but the ruling doesn't change much about the Affordable Care Act.

11:35am

Thu June 28, 2012
NPR Story

Health Care Ruling: Surprising Decisions, Votes

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:28 pm

There was a lot of speculation about how the Supreme Court would decide, but almost every prognostication was wrong: from who the swing vote would be (it was Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the opinion), to what the basis for the opinion would be (it wasn't the Commerce Clause).

10:59am

Thu June 28, 2012
NPR Story

Update On The Supreme Court's Health Care Ruling

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:21 pm

The law was upheld thanks to Chief Justice John Roberts, who sided with the court's more liberal wing, on a very narrow grounds: Instead of saying Congress has the authority to regulate interstate commerce, they said Congress has the authority to levy taxes. And the penalty for people who do not have health care is a tax and therefore constitutional.

10:53am

Thu June 28, 2012
NPR Story

5 Justices Agree: Insurance Penalty Considered A Tax

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:21 pm

Renee Montagne and Linda Wertheimer has the latest on the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act. The court ruled that the law — with its "individual mandate," or requirement that virtually all Americans buy health insurance — is constitutional.

10:34am

Thu June 28, 2012
Regional Coverage

Niagara Falls offers to pay student debt in exchange for living downtown

Niagara Falls is testing a novel approach to attracting new residents. The city is offering to pay a portion of recent college graduates' student debt in exchange for living downtown for two years.

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10:11am

Thu June 28, 2012
NPR Story

Supreme Court Rules On Health Care Law

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 1:14 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The Supreme Court has just wrapped up its term with one of the most consequential cases in decades.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The justices have ruled that the landmark health care law that has become a signature of Barack Obama's presidency is largely upheld. The opinions run hundreds of pages. We're looking at all those pages now and we'll bring you detailed news and analysis all morning.

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9:36am

Thu June 28, 2012
Politics and Government

End of session: Mixed results for Governor Cuomo

The just concluded 2012 legislative session brought mixed results for Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is in his second year as governor.  While Cuomo and lawmakers could claim credit for a calm and functional end to the session,  the governor had to drop some of his original goals  in order for that to happen.

Cuomo’s second legislative session was far less dramatic than his first legislative session in 2011, when he convinced the legislature to authorize same sex marriage, instate a two percent property tax cap, and close a massive $10 billion budget deficit.

In his second session, the governor’s record of achieving his stated goals was not as complete.

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7:30am

Thu June 28, 2012
Around the Nation

Comedian Sells Out Concert Tour In Less Than 2 Days

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:50 pm

Comedian Louis C.K. sold out his tour while bypassing ticket services like Ticketmaster. He sold tickets on his website for a flat fee of $45. He raised $4.5 million.

7:26am

Thu June 28, 2012
Europe

Smell Leads Police To 9.5 Tons Of Stolen Garlic

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer with a culinary misadventure. Even before Austrian police pulled over three trucks near the Hungarian border yesterday, they could sense something kinky - make that stinky. The trucks had foreign license plates, were way overloaded and police did not need sniffer dogs to know what kind of contraband they'd captured. More than nine tons of stolen Spanish garlic, presumably bound for goulash. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

7:11am

Thu June 28, 2012
Sports

NBA Hopeful Davis Trademarks Unibrow Phrases

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The NBA draft is today. And the likely number one pick has two amazing physical features. Anthony Davis is 6'10" and he'll make millions with his shot-blocking skills. He's also got a famous unibrow. Davis has just trademarked the phrases his unbroken brow has inspired - fear the brow and raise the brow. Davis told CNBC not even a deal with a razor company could get him to shave it. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

5:51am

Thu June 28, 2012
Business

Google Is The Latest To Get Into Computer Tablets

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Google opened its World Wide Developers conference yesterday with a few announcements — the most notable is its entry into the highly competitive tablet market.

LAURA SYDELL, BYLINE: As NPR's Laura Sydell reports, with the Nexus 7, Google is headed for a market somewhere between the Amazon Fire and Apple's iPad.

It's called the Nexus 7 because it's a seven-inch tablet. Google also announced more content for its online store. In addition to music, movies and books, they will have TV shows and magazines.

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5:45am

Thu June 28, 2012
Politics

Tentative Deal On Transportation Reached

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

In Washington, House and Senate negotiators have reached a deal to fund highway and transportation projects for the next two years. This averts what could have been a dramatic shutdown after years of temporary extensions. The Senate could vote as soon as today, with the House likely to vote Friday.

NPR's Tamara Keith has details.

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5:39am

Thu June 28, 2012
Business

News Corp. To Announce Company Split

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And we reported, yesterday, that Rupert Murdoch's media conglomerate News Corp. was considering splitting itself into two separate companies. The company's board of directors approved a split last night.

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5:24am

Thu June 28, 2012
Television

FX Welcomes Sheen Back To TV, But Will Viewers?

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Tonight, one of the most famously dysfunctional Hollywood stars is coming back to television. Charlie Sheen's new sitcom, on FX, is called "Anger Management." Last year, he was the star of "Two and a Half Men," but his erratic behavior led CBS to fire him. TV critic Eric Deggans says the big question is whether people really want to watch more Charlie Sheen on the small screen.

ERIC DEGGANS: My best tip for enjoying Charlie Sheen's new show?

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5:16am

Thu June 28, 2012
Law

Common-Law Marriage Suit Could Alter Canadian Law

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

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5:16am

Thu June 28, 2012
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a possible deeper debt for JPMorgan.

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3:26am

Thu June 28, 2012
Music

The Bajo Quinto: The Instrument That Will Not Go Gently

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

Don Telesforo next to a bajo quinto, holding a jarana mixteca.
Courtesy of Ruben Luengas

Almost 20 years ago, a young student at the National University of Mexico went in search of a very old instrument in the mountains of the southern state of Oaxaca. Today, he has become a leading force in the revival of the instrument called the bajo quinto and the music played on it.

Ruben Luengas was working on a research project at the National School of Music in Mexico City in 1995. He wanted to focus on the music of his hometown, in the Mixtec region of Oaxaca, so he asked his 97-year-old grandmother to tell him about the music played at her wedding.

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3:25am

Thu June 28, 2012
The Salt

Unlike Chicken And Pork, Beef Still Begins With Small Family Ranches

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 7:47 pm

Barbara and Norman Roux stand in front of cattle pens on their farm outside of Moundridge, Kan., where she has raised cattle for nearly 70 years.
Peggy Lowe Harvest Public Media

In the chicken and pork industries, nearly every aspect of the animals' raising has long been controlled by just a handful of agriculture conglomerates. But the cattle industry is still populated by mom-and-pop operations, at least at the calf-raising level.

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3:17am

Thu June 28, 2012
Middle East

In A Syrian Souk, Support For The Regime Falters

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 8:25 pm

People walk through Hamidiyah market in Damascus, Syria, Feb. 28. The merchants of this landmark bazaar were once ardent supporters of President Bashar Assad. That's no longer the case.
Bassem Tellawi AP

In Syria's capital, Damascus, the Hamidiyah souk is a landmark — a centuries-old covered market linked to a maze of alleyways in the heart of the capital. Over the 15-month uprising, Syria's merchants have supported the regime of President Bashar Assad. But that support is crumbling.

Shops selling everything from cold drinks, ice cream and spices to wedding dresses and electric guitars line Hamidiyah's cobblestone streets.

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3:17am

Thu June 28, 2012
Asia

Amid Fierce Debate, Japan To Restart Nuclear Plants

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

Anti-nuclear activists in front of the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, June 22. Some 20,000 demonstrators protested against the Japanese government's decision to restart two idle nuclear reactors in western Japan, ending a brief period without any nuclear power generation.
Rie Ishii AFP/Getty Images

After taking all 50 of its nuclear reactors offline following a devastating accident last year, Japan is planning to restart the first of two of them in western Fukui prefecture as early as Sunday.

The catastrophe at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in March 2011 forced Japan to scale back plans to aggressively expand its nuclear energy sector. But the highly controversial move to restart the two reactors on the other side of the country is a sign that the nuclear power lobby isn't throwing in the towel yet.

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3:16am

Thu June 28, 2012
Planet Money

Going Public Is A Hassle

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 5:09 pm

Meh.
Richard Drew AP

Here's a classic story of how a multimillion-dollar company gets started.

A young guy named Seung Bak is on a trip to China. He gets back to his hotel room late one night and turns on the TV.

"I'm flipping through channels, and in the middle of China they are showing Korean dramas all around the clock," Bak says.

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12:03am

Thu June 28, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

Great Expectations, And Some Hope Of Meeting Them

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

In plays like FOB, M. Butterfly and Chinglish, David Henry Hwang, seen here at a 2006 gala, touches on the obstacles that can stand between immigrants and the American dream.
Amy Sussman Getty Images

David Henry Hwang is a playwright from Los Angeles, currently living in New York, who has dealt with issues of cultural identity in his work, especially as it pertains to the Asian-American experience. He spoke to NPR's Morning Edition about his thoughts on the American dream.

"I define the American dream as the ability to imagine a way that you want your life to turn out, and have a reasonable hope that you can achieve that.

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12:03am

Thu June 28, 2012
Movies

In France, A Star Rises From An Oft-Neglected Place

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

Omar Sy plays Driss in the hit French film The Intouchables. The feel-good movie won numerous awards in France, but has met with a mixed reaction in the U.S.
Thierry Valletoux Weinstein Co.

Frenchman Jean Dujardin may have won this year's Academy Award for best actor for his role in The Artist, but in France he was beat out for the country's most prestigious acting award, the Cesar, by a new acting sensation: The 34-year-old son of African immigrants, Omar Sy.

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9:46pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Horse vaccination clinics against deadly EEE virus to be held

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Last year the mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis killed at least a dozen horses and a four-year-old Oswego County girl. This week, state Senator Patty Ritchie is hosting two clinics in the North Country where horse owners can have their animals vaccinated for free.

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8:25pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Music

Third Time's The Charm: J-Lo And Pitbull 'Dance Again'

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull perform onstage at the 2011 American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

1:42pm

Wed June 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

FDA Approves First New Weight-Loss Drug In More Than A Decade

Originally published on Thu June 28, 2012 12:34 pm

Belviq, the first new prescription drug in years to help people lose weight, is expected to be available in four to six months.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

For the first time in 13 years, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug to help people lose weight.

The FDA gave the green light to Arena Pharmaceuticals to sell Belviq, or lorcaserin generically, a twice-a-day pill that suppresses appetite and appears to affect metabolism by influencing levels of the brain chemical serotonin.

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