12:27am

Mon November 12, 2012
Afghanistan

As The Clock Ticks, U.S. Trains Afghan Troops

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 2:39 am

US troops from the 1-91 Cavalry patrol in Baraki Barak district in Logar Province, south of Kabul. Insurgents carry out frequent attacks in the area. The U.S. is trying to improve the capabilities of Afghan forces so they will be able to take control when U.S. troops leave.
Sean Carberry NPR

As NATO prepares to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014, Afghan forces are increasingly taking the lead against the Taliban and other insurgents. But the results are mixed.

In parts of Logar Province, just south of Kabul, Afghan troops are successfully leading security operations. In other parts of the same province, where insurgents are more active, U.S. troops are still taking the lead.

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12:25am

Mon November 12, 2012
It's All Politics

With Millions Spent, GOP 'Investors' Saw Little Return Election Night

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 2:39 am

A supporter of President Barack Obama raises his arms as it is announced that Obama was re-elected during an election night watch party in Chicago.
Jerome Delay AP

A "return on investment" is a concept better known to Wall Street than to Washington. But after President Obama and the Democrats won most of the close elections last week there are questions about the seven- and eight-figure "investments" made by dozens of conservative donors.

During the election season, it was pretty common to hear about donors making "investments" in superPACs and other outside groups, rather than a "political contribution," perhaps because the phrase has a sort of taint to it.

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12:24am

Mon November 12, 2012
The Salt

To Get Around Tax Hike, Spanish Theater Sells Carrots Not Tickets

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 2:41 pm

At the Bescanó municipal theater in northeastern Spain, director Quim Marcé (center) and actresses Meritxell Yanes (left) and Elena Martinell (right) display carrots for sale.
Quim Marcé

In Spain, new austerity measures mean higher sales tax on everything from beer and wine to clothing and movie tickets. But in Bescanó, a small town in the country's northeast, the local theater director has come up with a rather creative way to get around a new 21 percent tax on tickets for plays at his theater –- by selling carrots instead.

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12:23am

Mon November 12, 2012
Environment

Weighing The Prospects Of The Keystone XL Pipeline

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 7:17 am

President Obama speaks at the southern site of the Keystone XL pipeline in May in Cushing, Okla. Obama is under pressure to make a decision on the future of the pipeline during his second term.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Among the difficult decisions facing President Obama is whether to give the go-ahead for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would bring oil from Canada down to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.

Environmentalists want it blocked. They are concerned about endangering the Nebraska sand hills, under which is the largest aquifer in the country. It provides drinking water and irrigation water for several states.

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8:31pm

Sun November 11, 2012
Minds Over Matter

Minds Over Matter for Nov. 11, 2012

Minds Over Matter podcast for Nov. 11, 2012. Tonight, moderator Dana Rodriguez and panelist Lori Fischer

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5:49pm

Sun November 11, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Helping Your Kids and Grandkids with Career Planning, airs 12/9/12

Parents and grandparents can really help their kids in career planning...and sometimes, in motivating them to get off their butts. (I said sometimes.) Dr. Barbara Nemko and I will kick around our and others' ideas on how to be maximally effective.

Work with Marty Nemko is heard Sundays from 11 am to noon on KALW, 91.7  FM.

2:39pm

Sun November 11, 2012
The Two-Way

Odds In Favor Of A New Supreme Court Justice In Obama's Second Term

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 3:27 am

Four of the current U.S. Supreme Court justices are over the age of 70, and many expect at least one appointment during Obama's second term.
United States Supreme Court

There has been vigorous public debate this election cycle about the Supreme Court; from the Citizens United case to the Affordable Care Act.

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1:29pm

Sun November 11, 2012
All Tech Considered

Left Homeless, Storm Victims Turn To Internet To Find Shelter

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 7:29 am

A damaged home rests on one side along the beach in the Belle Harbor section of Queens, N.Y., on Nov. 5 in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
Craig Ruttle AP

Housing is always in short supply in New York City, and Superstorm Sandy just made things much worse. The government is paying hotel costs for many of those displaced, while others are staying with friends and family.

That still leaves many people still looking for a spare bedroom, and some are now turning to the social networking website Airbnb – a site that matches people seeking vacation rentals — to find a place to stay.

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12:50pm

Sun November 11, 2012
Economy/Labor/Biz

Tips on Leadership (airs 11/11/12)

Barbara and Marty Nemko discuss the non-obvious yet potent tips in the book, The Leader's Pocket Guide. Plus 3-minute career makeovers.

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12:08pm

Sun November 11, 2012
Europe

To Scrape By, The Poor In Spain Go Dumpster Diving

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 3:24 pm

One scene has become increasingly common amid Spain's economic crisis: Thousands of people, many of them immigrants, are searching trash dumpsters by night. Some scour the garbage for food, but many others are involved in a black-market trade for recycled materials.

The scavengers have slowly become a sad fixture in many barrios across Spain, like the well-dressed, middle-aged man on a Barcelona street corner on a recent night. He averts his eyes from onlookers as he reaches his arm down deep into a dumpster.

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