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Generational Politics: Silents to Millennials
5:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Generation X Divided Over 2012 Candidates

Generation Xers — grown up now and in their 30s and 40s — are feeling hardest-hit by the recession, and are the most divided over the presidential candidates for 2012, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

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Latin America
5:00 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Daniel Ortega Seeks Re-Election In Nicaragua

Daniel Ortega is seeking a third term in Sunday's elections despite a constitutional limit on holders of the office to two terms.
Rodrigo Arangua AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:16 am

Nicaragua has a constitutional ban on sitting presidents running for re-election. But Daniel Ortega is doing just that, and he looks set to win an unprecedented third term.

This is an election filled with shifting ghosts. Characters from all sides of Nicaragua's tumultuous recent history are involved in the campaign.

Ortega, the former Marxist guerrilla and longtime Sandinista leader, is promising neoliberal reforms and a pro-business environment to attract foreign capital.

Ortega is leading in the polls — but legal scholars say he is ineligible to run.

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It's All Politics
6:14 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

No Interview Planned, Gloria Cain Continues To Shun Spotlight

Yet another woman seemed ready to break her silence about Herman Cain on Friday, but it was not to be.

The emergence this week of sexual harassment accusations made against Herman Cain has intensified curiosity about Gloria Cain, the candidate's wife of 43 years. Cain himself helped pique the interest earlier this week when he said America would soon "meet my wife publicly in an exclusive interview that we are currently planning."

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The Two-Way
5:40 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Greek PM Faces Confidence Vote

Greek deputies debate during a confidence vote at the Greek Parliament in Athens.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 8:13 pm

(Note that we've re-written the headline and lede of this post to reflect the latest news.)

To cap a dramatic week, in which the Greek prime minister angered both his European Union partners and his own political party, George Papandreou survived a vote of confidence.

The AP reports that his Socialist party backed him with 153 votes — out of 300 — in his favor.

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It's All Politics
5:32 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Cain Accuser Issues Statement, Alleges 'More Than One Incident' Of Harassment

A woman who accused GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s alleged Friday that the incidents were "a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances from the CEO."

In a brief statement released by her lawyer, the woman, who continued to maintain her anonymity, responded to Cain's claims this week that the harassment charges were either false, or that the woman had misinterpreted his brand of humor.

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The Two-Way
5:09 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Cain Accuser Says She Complained Over A 'Series Of Unwanted Advances'

The attorney for one of the women who filed a sexual harassment complaint against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain says the woman made a complaint in 1999 to the National Restaurant Association about "a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances from the CEO." At the time the CEO was Cain.

Attorney Joel Bennett said the woman did not want to go into the details of the incident, because it would be "extremely painful to do so."

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Generational Politics: Silents to Millennials
4:18 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

What's The Defining Moment Of Your Generation?

As a major new survey from Pew Research Center examines the generation gap in politics, we take a closer look at what, besides year of birth, differentiates one generation from the next. From the dawn of rock 'n' roll to the emergence of hip-hop, from "We Like Ike" to "Yes We Can," from a man on the moon to an iPhone in the pocket, here are some highlights from each of the four generations covered in the survey.

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Around the Nation
4:12 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

MAP: TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline

NPR

Originally published on Thu September 12, 2013 6:26 pm

In 2010, TransCanada completed a major pipeline — the Keystone — which runs from Alberta to Illinois. The company is now planning a second line, called the Keystone XL, that would run from Alberta to Nebraska with an extension from Oklahoma to the refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

The Two-Way
3:58 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Oregon Lawn-Chair Balloonist Will Take His Show To Bagdhad

Kent Couch made news back in 2008, when he tied a lawn chair to a cluster of helium balloons and flew it 235 miles from Oregon to Idaho. Yesterday, Couch boarded a plane and announced he was headed to Baghdad to attempt a similar trip with Iraqi extreme sports enthusiast Fareed Lafta.

Couch's story has been making the rounds in Oregon since Wednesday. But it's now beginning to make its way across the country. Here's how he describes his plans for Iraq on his website:

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Generational Politics: Silents to Millennials
3:41 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Baby Boomers Remain Skeptical Of The Establishment

The baby boomers were born in the two decades after World War II and known for their anti-establishment liberalism in the 1960s. But their beginnings have not made them a predictable Democratic voting block. In 2008, boomers narrowly backed Barack Obama, but they swung over to Republicans in 2010.

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'Darkhorse' Battalion And The Afghan War
3:34 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

For Wounded Marines, The Long, Hard Road Of Rehab

Lance Cpl. Jake Romo does physical therapy at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif. He lost both legs in an explosion in Sangin, Afghanistan, in February 2011, while serving with the 3/5 Marines.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:17 am

A year ago, nearly 1,000 U.S. Marine officers and enlisted men of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment deployed to restive Helmand province in southern Afghanistan. By the time their tour ended in April 2011, the Marines of the 3/5 — known as "Darkhorse" — suffered the highest casualty rate of any Marine unit during the past 10 years of war. This week, NPR tells the story of this unit's seven long months at war — both in Afghanistan and back home.

Sixth of seven parts

Jake Romo loved running.

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Europe
3:13 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

G-20 Leaders Head Home With Euro Crisis Unresolved

British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Obama at the G-20 summit Friday in Cannes, France.
Chris Ratcliffe Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 7:03 pm

President Obama joked that the G-20 summit in Cannes, France, offered a crash course in European politics, with impromptu bargaining sessions that stretched late into the evening.

Yet the summit produced no big breakthroughs, only vague promises to prevent the political and economic turmoil in Greece from spreading.

After huddling with leaders from throughout the eurozone, Obama reiterated his belief that the countries on the continent can solve their own debt problems.

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The Salt
2:57 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Do People Pick Super-Sized Portions To Boost Their Social Status?

Denny's Beer Barrell in Clearfield, Penn. features a 15 pound burger for $39 that is free if the customer can finish it.
Jeff Swensen Getty Images

Choosing a Triple Whopper burger off the menu may say a lot more about feeling inadequate than it does about feeling hungry. In a new study, people chose jumbo portions of food and drink when they felt they lacked power and status.

If true, this data nugget could go a long way towards explaining why 32 percent of Americans are obese. Who doesn't have a day when they feel powerless and dissed? A Super Big Gulp or an extra-large pizza could seem like a quick, cheap fix.

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The Two-Way
2:10 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Dippin' Dots, 'Ice Cream Of The Future,' Files For Bankruptcy Protection

Dippin' Dots.
Facebook.com/DippinDots

Don't panic if you're a fan of those tiny beads of ice cream. They're still going to be available.

But the cold, hard fact is that Dippin' Dots this week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, according to WPSD-TV in Paducah, Ky., where the company that makes the so-called ice cream of the future is headquartered.

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Shots - Health Blog
1:54 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Public Health Innovators On The Silver Screen

Public health innovation gets its closeup.
Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah FastForward Health

For a peek at some fresh ideas in public health, I went to the movies.

Physicians, entrepreneurs, students, activists and at least one blogger gathered at the West End Cinema in Washington this week for the first FastForward Health public health film festival.

"We're at the cusp of innovation in public and community health," co-organizer Andre Blackman told the audience.

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The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Justice Dept Drops Non-Disclosure Proposal For FOIA Requests

The United States Justice Department announced, yesterday, that it was dropping a proposed controversial rule that would allow it to deny the existence of sensitive documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Republican from Iowa, sent a letter to the Justice Department about the rule and in a press release said the department had told him it was dropping plans to implement it. Grassley said:

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The Two-Way
12:54 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Groupon: The Biggest Tech IPO Since Google

In its initial public offering, Groupon is selling about $700 million in stock. As The Wall Street Journal puts it that's "the biggest tech IPO of its kind since Google's stock-market debut."

If you're not familiar, Groupon is an Internet deals company. It for example, sells $50 worth of food at a restaurant for $25. It splits the profits with the restaurant on coupons redeemed and keeps the ones that customers don't use.

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Europe
12:37 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

The Euro Crisis Puts Political Leaders At Risk

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, shown speaking at the parliament in Athens on Friday, is facing a no-confidence vote.
Louisa Gouliamaki AFP/Getty Images

George Papandreou is not the only European politician who is nervous about his job. Greek's prime minister wouldn't be the first leader to lose his position as a result of the ongoing euro crisis, and more are likely to follow.

Papandreou faces a vote of confidence on Friday, which could bring down his government. Even if he survives this test, he may not remain in power for long.

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The Salt
12:33 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

From Nebraska Lab To McDonald's Tray: The McRib's Strange Journey

Fast food giant McDonald's has brought back the McRib until Nov. 14. The sandwich has gained cult acclaim over the past three decades because of its limited availability.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 4, 2011 4:40 pm

Since McDonald's announced the seasonal revival of its popular McRib sandwich last month, there's been a round of reports about what's in the sandwich that have ranged from glib (on its 70 ingredients) to McFib (on the alleged inhumane treatment of the pigs that

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Asia
12:31 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

In Bangkok, Residents' Anger Rises With Floodwaters

In Bangkok, floodwaters are rising in some parts of the city, leading to charges that the government is sacrificing the homes and businesses of the poor while protecting the rich . On the west side of Bangkok (shown here Nov. 1), areas are mostly submerged, while the opposite side of the Chao Phraya river is dry.
Alexander Widding Landov

Heavy monsoon rains that began two months ago in Thailand have killed more than 400 people and show no sign of abating as the floodwaters make their way south into the crowded capital, Bangkok.

Anxious residents have stripped store shelves bare of water, rice and other essentials as they wait. And tempers are flaring as some poorer residents complain that their homes and businesses are being sacrificed to protect more affluent and industrial areas closer to the city center.

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The Two-Way
12:20 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords: 'I Will Return' To Congress

"I will get stronger. I will return" to Congress, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, (D-Ariz.), vows in a new book she has written with her husband about the devastating injuries she received last Jan. 8 when a gunman opened fire during an event she was hosting in Tucson.

It's one of the surest signs yet that she intends to remain in politics and seek re-election next year.

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Economy
11:39 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Stores May Be Slow To Hire For The Holidays

NPR

The latest jobs report shows the U.S. economy is continuing to grow. But the pace is slow enough to suggest the holidays may not be very bright, especially for people seeking seasonal work.

Employers added a total of 80,000 jobs last month — about half the number needed to keep pace with population growth and begin pulling nearly 14 million job seekers back into the workplace.

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Shots - Health Blog
11:20 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Pumped-Up Hoodia Weight-Loss Claims Put Vacation House On Block

Hoodia gordonii plants like this one have been used by generations of bushmen in Southern Africa's Kalahari desert as an appetite suppressant. But the Federal Trade Commission isn't sold on that idea.
David Silverman Getty Images

Hoodia may not help you lose weight. But the supplement, derived from an African plant, may help you lose your vacation house, if you're marketing the stuff with claims that go too far in the eyes of regulators.

The Federal Trade Commission said it has reached a settlement with David J. Romeo and two companies he controlled that bans them from "making any weight-loss claims while marketing foods, drugs, and dietary supplements."

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Education
10:41 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Ahoy Students! Cruise Ship Doubles As College Dorm

St. Mary's College of Maryland students were relocated to the 300-foot Sea Voyager after mold spores were discovered in two dorms.
J. Eric Elder via flickr

Students at St. Mary's College of Maryland are starting an impromptu semester at sea — sort of. They will live on a cruise ship that's docked in a river just off campus. The 300-foot Sea Voyager will serve as a floating residence hall because two dorms infested with mold spores were deemed uninhabitable.

Joseph Urgo is president of the small liberal arts college, which is on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay in St. Mary's City. He says the floating residence hall on the St. Mary's River makes perfect sense for the college.

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Fri November 4, 2011

VIDEO: After 520 Days, 'Astronauts' Emerge Following Fake Mars Mission

Fast-forward to about the 3-minute mark in this video if you want to see the moment when six men who had lived together in a mock spaceship for 18 months emerged today in Moscow.

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It's All Politics
10:22 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Poll: Cain Still Tied With Romney Despite Sex Harassment Claims

There's been anecdotal evidence, and certainly plenty of signs on social media, that many Republicans still say Herman Cain is their choice for president despite the revelation that the restaurant trade group he once headed paid monetary settlements to women who accused him of sexual harassment.

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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Coming Up: Obama Holds News Conference In Cannes

President Obama held a news conference today in Cannes, France, where he and other leaders from the G-20 nations have wrapped up a two-day summit. We live-blogged as he spoke.

Update at 11:20 a.m. ET. On The President's Comments About GDP And The Economy Since He Took Office:

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The Two-Way
9:44 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Cain Allegations: The Latest Developments

Tuesday: Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is surrounded by police, body guards, staff members and journalists on Capitol Hill.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The It's All Politics blog is handling most of NPR.org's coverage of the sexual harassment allegations against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain — who has said the charges that stem from his time as head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s are baseless.

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Planet Money
9:37 am
Fri November 4, 2011

32 Ways Of Looking At Unemployment, In One Chart

Jacob Goldstein, Aly Hurt, and Jess Jiang NPR

Originally published on Mon November 7, 2011 2:14 pm

The unemployment rate fell slightly to 9 percent in October, according to this morning's big jobs report. But this single number hides a huge variation among different groups.

For high school grads in their early 20s, for example, the unemployment rate is about 18 percent. For college grads in their 30s and 40s, the rate is under 5 percent.

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Business
9:15 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Groupon Makes Market Debut

Shares of the daily deal company Groupon hit the Nasdaq stock exchange Friday after an IPO raised about $700 million. The company has been dogged by investor concerns over management and questions about its accounting methods.

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