Fri May 17, 2013

Venezuelans Stock Up On Toilet Paper Amid Shortage

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 7:00 am

A woman who just bought toilet paper at a grocery store reads her receipt as she leaves the store in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday. The government says it will import 50 million rolls of toilet paper amid a shortage.
Fernando Llano AP

Venezuelans may be used to a dearth of medicine, milk and sugar, but there's a new shortage that's, shall we say, a bit more problematic: toilet paper.

The government of socialist President Nicolas Maduro announced this week that it would import 50 million rolls of toilet paper to meet the growing demand.

"We will saturate the market so the people will be calm," Commerce Minister Alejandro Fleming told the official AVN news agency.

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Fri May 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Gingrich Cautions GOP About 'Overreach' On Scandals

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 8:36 am

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in April 2012.
Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch MCT /Landov

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was front-and-center during the Republican-led impeachment of President Clinton in 1998, is cautioning his GOP colleagues about the risk of appearing to be too eager as they dig into the scandals now dogging the Obama administration.

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Fri May 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon May Be Called Before Parliament Over Taxes

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 6:39 am

Amazon's U.K. unit racked up sales of $6.5 billion last year, but only paid $3.7 million in corporate taxes.
David McNew Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Fri May 17, 2013
KALW Almanac

Friday May 17, 2013

  • 137th Day of 2013 / 228 Remaining
  • 35 Days Until The First Day of Summer
  • Sunrise:5:57
  • Sunset:8:14
  • 14 Hours 17 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:12:32pm
  • Moon Set:1:12am
  • Moon’s Phase: First Quarter
  • The Next Full Moon
  • May 24 @ 9:27pm
  • Full Flower Moon
  • Full Corn Planting Moon
  • Full Milk Moon

In most areas, flowers are abundant everywhere during this time.

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Fri May 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Kai The 'Hatchet Hitchhiker' Is Accused Of Murder

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 8:10 am

Caleb "Kai" McGillvary.
Union County (N.J.) Prosecutor's Office AP

Caleb "Kai" McGillvary, who became an Internet sensation in February with his colorful account of how he bashed a man with a hatchet to stop an attack on a utility worker in California, has been arrested and charged with murdering a lawyer in New Jersey.

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Fri May 17, 2013
Around the Nation

Washington D.C. Man Advertises For Wedding Date

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 4:27 am



Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with best wishes to a man on Craigslist. He advertised for a date to attend a wedding. The Washington, D.C., man says he had a last-minute cancellation. Ladies, you could accompany him. He describes himself as a clean man with a job and no arrest record, who adds: I don't like murder. For extra motivation, he promises an open bar, and adds: You only YOLO once.

YOLO is you only live once, so that's you only you only live once once. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


Fri May 17, 2013
Around the Nation

Theater Lover Takes A Stand Against Annoying Cell Phone

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 8:18 am



Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Kevin Williamson took a stand against annoying cell phone use. The National Review writer attended a musical in New York and says the crowd was disruptive. One woman was Web surfing on her phone, violating theater rules. Mr. Williamson tells Gothamist he complained to the woman. She replied: So don't look. That's when Williamson grabbed her phone and threw it across the theater, an offense for which he says he's glad to go to jail if he is prosecuted.

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Fri May 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Reports: Russia Sends More Missiles, Has Ships Near Syria

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 8:03 am

Friday's major news about the conflict in Syria:

-- "Russia Sends More Advanced Missiles to Aid Assad in Syria."

According to The New York Times, "Russia has sent advanced antiship cruise missiles to Syria, a move that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American officials said Thursday."

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Fri May 17, 2013
The Two-Way

Congress Due To Grill Ousted IRS Chief

Originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 9:53 am

Outgoing acting Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner Steve Miller as he was being sworn in Friday before a House Ways and Means committee hearing.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

(Most recent update: 12:50 p.m. ET.)

Saying that "foolish mistakes were made by people trying to be more efficient in their workload selection," the outgoing head of the Internal Revenue Service told Congress on Friday that he and the agency want to apologize for the targeting of some conservative groups during the 2012 campaign cycle.

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Fri May 17, 2013

Obama Names OMB Controller As Acting IRS Commissioner

On Thursday, President Obama named Daniel Werfel, 42, acting IRS commissioner. The announcement comes a day after the resignation of Steven Miller, who got caught up in the controversy over the IRS targeting Tea Party groups.