7:57am

Fri November 16, 2012
Planet Money

Hidden Housing Subsidy May Soon Come Out Of Hiding

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 11:47 am

Lam Thuy Vo NPR

The federal government has all these ways of paying people to buy houses without actually, you know, paying people to buy houses.

We've talked a lot about two examples of this:

1. The mortgage-interest tax deduction is effectively a government payment to people who are paying a mortgage.

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7:13am

Fri November 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Fiscal Cliff Talks Get Started

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 9:13 am

Getting started: President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at the start of today's meeting.
Larry Downing Reuters /Landov

President Obama and congressional leaders from both major parties met at the White House this morning for the first of what will likely be many negotiations aimed at averting a plunge over the so-called fiscal cliff.

We watched for news from the key players — who include House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio — and updated with highlights.

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6:23am

Fri November 16, 2012
The Two-Way

East German Political Prisoners Made Some Of Its Products, IKEA Admits

Denis Charlet AFP/Getty Images

News outlets in German and Sweden have been reporting for the past year that some of the products made in past decades for Swedish furniture giant IKEA were produced by political prisoners in Cold War-era East Germany.

Today, IKEA conceded that the reports are true and that some of its "representatives" were aware of what was happening.

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5:52am

Fri November 16, 2012
KALW Almanac

Friday November 16, 2012

1959 - The Sound Of Music (highlighted story below)
  • 321st Day of 2012 / 45 Remaining
  • 35 Days Until The First Day of Winter
  • Sunrise:6:51
  • Sunset:4:58
  • 10 Hours 7 Minutes of Daylight
  • Moon Rise:9:50am
  • Moon Set:8:05pm
  • Moon’s Phase: 12 %
  • The Next Full Moon
  • November 28 @ 6:47 am
  • Full Beaver Moon
  • Full Frosts Moon

For both the colonists and the Algonquin tribes, this was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froz

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5:46am

Fri November 16, 2012
It's All Politics

Can A Lame-Duck Congress Save The Day?

Originally published on Tue December 4, 2012 4:23 pm

The Capitol on Monday, as Congress prepared to return for its post-election lame duck session.
Alex Brandon AP

As the lame ducks waddle up to Capitol Hill for the final few weeks of this Congress, some political observers are hoping they will bring the "Spirit of 2010" with them.

Despite all the partisan bickering, the lame-duck session two years ago — bolstered by a bevy of outgoing Democrats with nothing to lose — actually got big things done, including the $850 billion stimulus and tax cut deal, a measure setting in motion the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," passage of the defense authorization bill and an arms treaty.

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5:22am

Fri November 16, 2012
The Two-Way

No More Twinkies? Hostess Brands Is Shutting Down

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 6:53 am

Stock up now.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Carrying through on its warning about what could happen, the management of Hostess Brands announced this morning that the company is going out of business and laying off its 18,500 employees.

At issue: According to Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn, "we simply do not have the financial resources to survive an ongoing national strike."

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4:53am

Fri November 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Petraeus Supports White House On Post-Benghazi Accounts, Lawmakers Say

Originally published on Fri November 16, 2012 9:44 am

Sept. 11: The U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was aflame after coming under attack.
AFP/Getty Images
  • Dina Temple-Raston on 'Morning Edition'
(We added a new top to this post at 12:40 p.m. ET to round up the latest developments.)

The White House did not insert politics into the process of determining what could be said about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in the days immediately afterward, former CIA Director David Petraeus told Congress this morning, according to lawmakers who were inside closed briefings today.

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4:29am

Fri November 16, 2012
The Two-Way

Both Sides 'Ready To Escalate' As Israel And Hamas Fire Away

Originally published on Sun November 18, 2012 6:26 am

Israeli tanks on the border with the Gaza Strip earlier today. Israeli officials have said they are prepared to mount a ground offensive.
Menahem Kahana AFP/Getty Images
  • NPR's Anthony Kuhn talks with Steve Inskeep

Even though there were talks of a ceasefire to coincide with the visit of the Egyptian prime minister to Gaza, today, the fighting has instead escalated.

Avital Leibovich, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces confirmed that for the first time, rockets fired from Gaza hit an area outside Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, who leads the West Bank, said that the "escalation is at its peak," both in Gaza and out of Gaza.

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4:21am

Fri November 16, 2012
Around the Nation

Colorado Charity Sends Underwear To Sandy Victims

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. People trying to help victims of Hurricane Sandy have hit bottom. People sent clothes but did not think to send underwear. Apparently this is a regular problem for people in need. Enough so that a Colorado nonprofit called Underwearness exists to send underpants to the needy. They raise money with an annual race, which people run without any pants. This nonprofit is sending 2,500 pairs of kids' underwear to storm-soaked Staten Island. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:13am

Fri November 16, 2012
Asia

Sips And Dips: Spa Celebrates Beaujolais Noveau

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer. A Japanese spa resort made quite a splash yesterday in a pool spiked with Beaujolais Nouveau, the first vintage of the season from the famous French wine region. The fresh and fruity drink was released yesterday. The spa near Mt. Fuji celebrated with wine in glasses, as well: sips and dips for spa customers. The spa also promised beautiful, smooth skin. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright National Public Radio.

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