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12:45 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Security, Diplomacy A Difficult Balance For U.S.

An armed police officer stood guard on a machine gun-mounted jeep outside the U.S. embassy in Manila, Philippines, amid warnings of a terrorist plot June 6, 2007.
Romeo Ranoco Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:07 am

The order to tighten security at all U.S. diplomatic posts around the globe following attacks in the Middle East may be necessary, but it will come at a cost.

There has been an enormous increase in security precautions at American embassies and consulates over the past 30 years, and the bubble that many diplomats now operate under makes it more difficult for them to interact with people in other countries, limiting their ability to gather information and promote the American "brand."

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Middle East
12:29 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Outrage Builds After U.S. Embassy Attacks

Ambassador Chris Stevens and four other Americans died Tuesday after a mob attacked the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya in protest of a film that mocks Islam. In Egypt, protesters stormed the U.S. embassy in Cairo. These attacks raise concerns about U.S. policy in the region.

It's All Politics
12:19 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

With No Latino Moderators For Debates, Univision Announces Its 'Own Party'

Univision host Jorge Ramos will be one of the moderators at the "Meet the Candidate" events featuring President Obama and rival Mitt Romney.
Lynne Sladky AP

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 12:54 pm

  • Jorge Ramos Talks To 'Tell Me More'

Spanish-language network Univision announced Wednesday that, along with Facebook, it will host discussions with the presidential candidates next week, calling them "the first-ever events of their kind targeting Hispanic Americans."

The "Meet the Candidate" events — featuring Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Sept. 19 and President Obama on Sept. 20 — will be held at the University of Miami and will be broadcast on Univision and streamed online in English.

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NPR Story
12:03 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

The Turns Ahead On The Campaign Trail

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan at NPR West today. We'll bring you the latest on Libya and Egypt later this hour, after the death of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and an attack on the U.S. embassy in Cairo, where a mob took down the American flag.

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NPR Story
12:03 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

The Role For The U.S. In The South China Sea

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 12:35 pm

As tensions mount between China and several neighboring countries over control in the Asia-Pacific region, U.S. Sen. James Webb talks with NPR's Neal Conan about the role the United States can and should play in the growing disputes in the South China Sea.

NPR Story
12:03 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Christopher Hitchens' Widow On Loss And 'Mortality'

Christopher Hitchens with his wife, Carol Blue, during a trip to Romania in 1989.
Courtesy of Carol Blue

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 1:09 pm

For 18 months, while undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer, Christopher Hitchens chronicled his year of "living dyingly" in a series of essays for Vanity Fair. Those essays, as well as never-before published notes from the end of his life, are compiled in the posthumous book Mortality.

The columnist, author and avowed atheist died Dec. 15. Carol Blue, Hitchens' wife of 20 years, shares memories of her husband and moments from their final days together in the book's afterword.

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Book Reviews
12:02 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

'The Scientists': A Father's Lie And A Family's Legacy

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 1:20 pm

Every New York story ever written or filmed falls into one of two categories. The first — like Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, or the musical On the Town — regards New York as the representative American city, a jam-packed distillation of the country's dreams and nightmares. The second group views New York as a foreign place — a city off the coast of the U.S. mainland that somehow drifted away from Paris or Mars. Think every Manhattan movie ever made by Woody Allen.

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Politics
12:00 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Michael Lewis Studies 'Obama's Way'

Contributing editor Michael Lewis played basketball with President Obama while working on a piece for Vanity Fair.
Pete Souza The White House

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 2:05 pm

Author Michael Lewis made a radical request to the White House that he says he was almost certain would be denied: He wanted to write a piece about President Obama that would put the reader in the president's shoes.

To do this, the Vanity Fair contributing editor would need inside access. So what did he propose?

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The Two-Way
11:31 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Apple Unveils New, Thinner, Lighter iPhone 5

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller announces the new iPhone 5 during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 2:02 pm

Moments ago in San Francisco, Apple's Phil Schiller unveiled the latest incarnation of the company's massively popular smartphone.

The iPhone 5, said Schiller, is "the most beautiful product we've ever made."

Of course, you want to know what's different about this model: Essentially it's thinner, lighter, faster and also has a bigger screen than the iPhone 4s.

The device also comes equipped to work with faster wireless networks like LTE, which AT&T, Sprint and Verizon carry.

The AP adds:

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It's All Politics
10:48 am
Wed September 12, 2012

U.S. Embassy Attacks In North Africa Reverberate On White House Campaign

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on as President Obama hugs a State Department employee Wednesday. Obama met with State Department workers after the killing of four Americans in Libya.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 7:45 pm

Updated and revised at 4:26 pm ET:

The death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans at the hands of extremists there became the latest fodder in the 2012 presidential race early Wednesday.

Republican Mitt Romney used the incident to continue his campaign's attacks on President Obama's approach to foreign policy.

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Race
10:43 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Is The Black Middle Class Disappearing?

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:33 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We've been talking a lot about the economy in the past couple of weeks. The issue was at the forefront of the two political conventions that just ended and put a further exclamation point on the debate over whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney would be the best person to address the issue.

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Education
10:40 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Basic School Supplies, Glue Sticks, Tablets?

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 9:33 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, he is the biographer of Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois and Jackie Robinson, and now Arnold Rampersad is the winner of a prestigious lifetime achievement award for his body of work. We'll speak with this legendary writer in just a few minutes.

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Election 2012
10:33 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Jorge Ramos: Debate Commission Stuck In 1950s

This year's presidential debates have no Latino moderators on the slate. So one network is taking matters into its own hands. Univision's Jorge Ramos is set to moderate discussions with each of the major party presidential candidates. He tells host Michel Martin it's time for the Commission on Presidential Debates to move into the 21st century.

The Two-Way
10:32 am
Wed September 12, 2012

What We Know About Sam Bacile, The Man Behind The Muhammad Movie

A trailer for the film Innocence of Muslims was uploaded to YouTube in early July.
YouTube

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 6:02 pm

Most Americans knew nothing about Innocence of Muslims. That's the film that has set the Muslim world on fire, causing protests in Egypt and Libya that led to the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens.

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The Salt
10:29 am
Wed September 12, 2012

McDonald's Adds Calorie Counts And Maybe Grilled McNuggets To Menu

The iconic Big Mac is still 550 calories.
courtesy McDonald's

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:47 pm

If you didn't know that a Big Mac has 550 calories, or the Southwest Chicken Salad has 290, those numbers will be hard to miss the next time you visit McDonald's.

That's because the fast-food giant announced today that it will begin posting calories on its menu boards right above customers heads in the restaurant, and at the drive-thru starting next week.

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Shots - Health Blog
10:20 am
Wed September 12, 2012

How Cheap Can Lipitor Get? Try Free

Generic versions of Lipitor, like these made by Watson Pharmaceuticals, are now free at some retailers, as long as you have a prescription.
Bill Gallery AP

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 11:46 am

Since cholesterol-fighter Lipitor went generic late last year, the price has plunged.

You can pick up atorvastatin, the generic version of Lipitor, starting at about 50 cents a pill, if you buy a month's supply at Costco. A year ago, the brand-name version went for $3.50 and up per dose. And the brand-name pills still cost around $4.28 at Costco.

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The Two-Way
10:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Slain U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens Thrived On Tough Assignments

Glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. Consulate. Ambassador Stevens died as he and a group of embassy employees went to the consulate to try to evacuate staff as a crowd of hundreds attacked the consulate, many of them firing machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
Ibrahim Alaguri AP

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 12:59 pm

Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a very special diplomat. He made a career of going to difficult places and insisting that he witness tumultuous events firsthand.

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It's All Politics
9:44 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Pro-Romney SuperPAC: 'Enormous Opportunity' In Western Swing States

Americans for Prosperity brought its "Failing Agenda" bus tour to suburban cities in Colorado's heavily populated Front Range.
Kirk Siegler KUNC

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 12:55 pm

Some well-funded pro-Mitt Romney superPACs and other advocacy groups are pulling their TV ad dollars in Pennsylvania and Michigan and are doubling down on efforts in what they consider to be more crucial swing states — such as Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Colorado.

Those are states where President Obama has also been spending considerable time campaigning lately, but where he's facing a barrage of attack ads from his Republican rival and the conservative superPACs, such as American Crossroads, and nonprofit advocacy groups, like Americans for Prosperity.

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It's All Politics
9:12 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Bill Clinton, Obama's New 'Secretary Of Explaining Stuff,' Takes Show On Road

Former President Bill Clinton speaks Tuesday at Florida International University in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

President Obama has joked that he should appoint former President Bill Clinton to a new post: "Secretary of Explaining Stuff."

That's basically the role Clinton played at the Democratic National Convention in telling Americans why — in his view — they should give Obama another four years in office.

Now Clinton is on the campaign trail in the key battleground state of Florida. He's in Orlando today after stumping for Obama in Miami on Tuesday.

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The Two-Way
8:12 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Striking Chicago Teachers And City Still 'Miles Apart' On Contract

Chicago public school teachers and their supporters picket in front of the Chicago Public Schools headquarters.
Scott Olson Getty Image

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 9:23 am

As a strike by Chicago's schoolteachers enters a third day, the president of their union says negotiators are still "miles apart" from an agreement to get 350,000 students back in the classroom, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The talks were set to resume Wednesday morning, but Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said there had been only "centimeters" of progress and that the union and city were still "kilometers apart."

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Africa
8:12 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Attack In Libya Threatens To Upset U.S. Ties

Originally published on Thu September 13, 2012 5:31 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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Africa
8:03 am
Wed September 12, 2012

U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, 52, Killed In Libya

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 7:36 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

United States ambassadors do not always have a close connection to the countries where they serve. Sometimes, the ambassadors are friends of an American president. Sometimes, they're career diplomats who have posted to many countries over the years.

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Pakistan Factory Fires Kill More Than 300

A man tries to identify body of his relative at a mortuary following a huge fire at a garments factory in Karachi, Pakistan.
Rehan Khan EPA /Landov

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 11:13 am

The death toll from two factory fires in Pakistan has reached 314, most of them killed by suffocation when they were unable to escape the buildings, officials said Wednesday.

The fires in a shoe factory in Lahore and a garment factory in the southern port city of Karachi, broke out Tuesday night. The Karachi fire killed at least 289 people, while the other 25 deaths were reported at the Lahore factory.

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All Tech Considered
6:34 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Do iPhone Announcements Get More Attention Than They Deserve?

There will be a lot of questions about the iPhone 5 before its release Wednesday. Less popular among them: Why do we care so much?

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Africa
6:16 am
Wed September 12, 2012

U.S. Condemns Killing Of Ambassador, Staff In Libya

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 7:28 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. We come to you this morning with grim news. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans have been killed when protesters stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The protests were sparked yesterday by an American-made video circulating on the Web that ridicules Islam and the prophet Muhammad.

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Africa
6:15 am
Wed September 12, 2012

U.S. Confirms Deaths Of U.S. Ambassador, Staff

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 7:28 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONSTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. All through the morning we've been getting more details about the attack against the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

In the city that was at the heart of the Libyan revolution, protesters killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. Here's Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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The Two-Way
6:09 am
Wed September 12, 2012

U.S. Ambassador To Libya, Three Other Americans Killed In Benghazi Attack

The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was in flames during a protest by an armed group angry over a film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 5:13 pm

Update at 7:02 p.m. ET. The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other staff members were killed in an attack against the American consulate in Benghazi, last night. The attack happened over an American-produced film that criticized the prophet Muhammad.

Here's the latest on the story:

-- Quoting U.S. officials, the AP reports that the Pentagon is moving two warships toward the Libyan coast. CNN is also reporting the move.

-- The remains of all four Americans killed in Libya have been recovered.

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Education
4:37 am
Wed September 12, 2012

As Chicago Teachers Strike, Unions At A Crossroad

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 7:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

On the face of it, the teacher's strike in Chicago is about money, job security and how teachers are evaluated. But it's also about the political pressure on teachers' unions to make concessions that not long ago would've been unheard of. Teachers' collective bargaining rights these days have taken a backseat to bare-bones budgets and to claims that unions are an obstacle to efforts aimed at improving the quality of schools. As NPR's Claudio Sanchez reports, all these elements have come together in Chicago.

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Around the Nation
4:02 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Alaska Fisherman Rescued From Plastic Bin

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 7:28 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Around the Nation
4:01 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Gettysburg's Electric Battle Map Up For Sale

Originally published on Wed September 12, 2012 7:28 pm

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