2:15pm

Sat December 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama's Cabinet 2.0 Coming Into Focus

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 9:50 am

Then-Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., observe voting in parliamentary elections in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2008. President Obama is reportedly considering Hagel as his next defense secretary, and Kerry for secretary of state.
KM Chaudary AP

In the category of unintended consequences, Susan Rice's announcement about her future could — under one scenario — mean a Republican in President Obama's inner circle, decorated Vietnam veterans overseeing the nation's military and its foreign policy, and another special election for Senate in Massachusetts.

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1:40pm

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Mandela Recovering After Gallstone Surgery

Originally published on Tue December 18, 2012 2:49 pm

Former South African President Nelson Mandela at his home in Qunu, South Africa, in February. The 94-year-old underwent surgery to remove gallstones on Saturday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Former South African President Nelson Mandela was recovering Saturday after surgery to remove gallstones, the government said. There was no indication when the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader would be released from the hospital, though the government said he was recovering well.

Mandela was admitted to the unnamed hospital in the capital, Pretoria, a week ago. As the BBC's Karen Allen told our Newscast Unit, there's been much concern about his health and limited detail about his medical condition.

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1:35pm

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Sandy Hook Elementary Victims' Names Released

Originally published on Mon December 17, 2012 7:49 am

At a news conference Saturday afternoon, Connecticut's Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver II released a list of the victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

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1:23pm

Sat December 15, 2012
Politics

Cannabis News Roundup: December 15, 2012

Cannabis leaf

(Raw Story) // US Senator Patrick Leahy wants to know “What assurance can and will the administration give to state officials involved in licensing of marijuana retailers,” protecting them from federal intervention. This question is from a letter sent by Senator Leahy earlier this month to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. One assurance would be to amend the law to allow possession, where permitted.

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9:37am

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Hillary Clinton Falls, Suffers Concussion

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 10:52 am

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier this month in Dublin.
Kevin Lamarque AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who earlier this week canceled a trip to Morocco and the Middle East because she was ill with a stomach virus, is at home recovering from a concussion she suffered in a fall, her spokesman says.

According to an email that State has sent to reporters, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Philippe Reines says that:

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9:11am

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Will Newtown Killings Shift Public's Attitude On Guns?

Originally published on Sun December 16, 2012 7:22 am

A gun shop in Glendale, Calif.
Gabriel Bouys AFP/Getty Images

The tragedy in Newtown, Conn., will surely spur pollsters to ask Americans again about guns, gun ownership, gun laws and the Second Amendment.

If recent experience is a good guide, public opinion may not shift too much.

Pew Research Center writes that:

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8:48am

Sat December 15, 2012
The Salt

Your Kitchen Trash Reborn As Abstract Art

Originally published on Thu December 20, 2012 10:37 am

Mixed Drinks
Courtesy of Huguette Roe

Consider the lowly soda can. After the pop, the fizz, the guzzle, it's dumped into a recycling bin and chucked curbside with the rest of the trash.

But just as it has reached a sort of existential low point — empty, forgotten, discarded — voila! The can transforms into a thing of beauty.

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6:03am

Sat December 15, 2012
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Daniel Handler And Paul Lukacs

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 8:39 am

Meredith Heuer Courtesy of Little, Brown & Co.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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4:56am

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Other News: Egyptians Vote; Assad's Forces Fight Back

In Cairo earlier today, a man dips his finger on an ink pad so that he can mark having voted during a referendum on the new Egyptian constitution.
Daniel Berehulak Getty Images

We continue to follow the tragic news from Newtown, Conn., about Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school.

There is, of course, other news:

-- "Some Polling Issues As Egyptians Vote On Draft Constitution." (NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson)

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4:30am

Sat December 15, 2012
The Two-Way

'We Have Endured Far Too Many Of These Tragedies,' President Says

Originally published on Sat December 15, 2012 5:21 am

Flags were were lowered to half-staff at the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings after Friday's mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

President Obama focuses on the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in his weekly radio/Web address. His message echoes the emotional comments he made to the nation Friday afternoon.

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