6:09pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: May 13, 2013

Veteran Profile: Cindy Alejandrez; A conversation with reporter Mac McClelland: How PTSD can affect veterans' families; and a mother shares what it's like to deal with her son's buried pain.

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4:40pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

O.J. Simpson Seeks Retrial On Robbery-Kidnapping Conviction

O.J. Simpson appears at Monday's hearing in Clark County District Court in Las Vegas.
Getty Images

O.J. Simpson, shackled and wearing a blue prison uniform, was back in court on Monday asking for a new trial in the 2008 robbery-kidnapping case that landed him in prison.

The Associated Press described 65-year-old football star and TV pitchman as "Looking grayer and heavier ... flanked by guards as he nodded and raised his eyebrows to acknowledge people he recognized in the audience."

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3:55pm

Mon May 13, 2013
It's All Politics

Clinton White House Crisis Manager Dings Obama's Message Team

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 8:07 am

President Obama listens as British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during their joint news conference Monday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Lanny J. Davis, a former special counsel for President Clinton, is a man who knows something about managing a White House crisis. And he isn't exactly impressed by how President Obama's aides have handled the fallout from numerous crises, from Solyndra to Benghazi and now with the Internal Revenue Service controversy.

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3:41pm

Mon May 13, 2013
It's All Politics

Exactly What Did The IRS Want To Know?

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 5:47 pm

Eric Wilson, head of the Kentucky 9/12 Project, portrays a representative of the tyrannical kingdom as he talks to children on the first night of Vacation Liberty School at a church in Georgetown, Ky., in 2010.
Ed Reinke AP

What would you do if the IRS wanted to see your interactions on social media?

At least one Tea Party group in Ohio received just such a request. As part of a broad inquiry for information about the group's activities after it had applied for tax-exempt status, the IRS wanted details about how the Ohio Liberty Coalition promotes or publicizes itself on social media such as Facebook.

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3:35pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Associated Press: Feds Secretly Obtained Reporter Phone Logs

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 4:04 am

Mario Tama Getty Images

The Associated Press news agency says that the Department of Justice secretly obtained two months of telephone records on 20 lines used by its reporters and editors.

The records covered April and May 2012, and according to the AP:

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3:33pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

TV Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers Dies At 85

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 3:08 am

Dr. Joyce Brothers in a January 16, 2004 in New York City.
Peter Kramer Getty Images

Dr. Joyce Brothers, whose long-running television show dispensed advice on life and relationships to her viewers, has died in New York at age 85, according to her publicist.

She died on Monday of natural causes, Sanford Brokaw said.

Brothers, who was a pioneer of the television advice show, first gained fame as a winning contestant on the television game show "The $64,000 Question" in 1955, becoming the only woman ever to win the top prize. The AP says:

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2:48pm

Mon May 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Poll: Americans Split Over Benghazi Issue

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 4:17 pm

Americans appear to be split over the Obama administration's handling of the aftermath from the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

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2:41pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Parallels

A Pricey In-Flight Bed Gives Netanyahu Political Nightmare

Originally published on Sun May 19, 2013 7:37 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads the weekly Cabinet meeting in his office in Jerusalem on Monday. He's facing criticism for spending $127,000 of public money to outfit an El Al jet with a double bed plus a wall around it so he and his wife could rest well (and privately) on a flight to London last month.
Uriel Sinai AP

First it was ice cream, now a good night's sleep.

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2:15pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Parallels

As Stigma Eases, Single Motherhood In Mexico Is On The Rise

Originally published on Mon October 7, 2013 4:25 pm

Maria Carlotta Santa Maria is a single mother in Mexico and is the sole wage earner in her household. Women like her are becoming more common there, and the stigma once associated with having children out of wedlock is fading.
Carrie Kahn NPR

On her daily route delivering laundry in her working-class neighborhood in southern Mexico City, Maria Carlotta Santa Maria, or Mari, as she is known, seems to know everyone: the mailman, the woman on the corner selling salty nuts, and her favorite greetings are for the guys at the corner gas station.

Mari is the kind of person that can make this inhospitable and overwhelming megacity seem almost small and friendly. But as a single mother, she says raising her 10-year-old daughter Jimena alone hasn't been easy.

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2:14pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Arts & Culture

Radio Ambulante: El chamán / The Shaman

Clouds over Bogotá, Colombia
Flickr user AnnGrlk CC License

The intense winter rains of 2011 left thousands of Colombians flooded out of their homes and claimed hundreds of lives. That same year, a man named Jorge Elías González became infamous for taking public money to keep the skies clear over Bogotá. Melba Escobar tells us his story.

Las intensas lluvias del invierno del 2011 dejaron a miles de colombianos sin casas y cientos de muertos. Ese mismo año, un hombre llamado Jorge Elías González se volvió famoso por cobrar dineros públicos para mantener el cielo de Bogotá despejado. Melba Escobar nos cuenta su historia.

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