4:32am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Iran, Israel, Defense Cuts To Be Key Topics At Hagel Hearing

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 9:52 am

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense.
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What's shaping up to be one of the more contentious nomination hearings for one of President Obama's cabinet choices is set to open at 9:30 a.m. ET when members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services get their chance to publicly grill former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been tapped for the post of defense secretary.

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3:33am

Thu January 31, 2013
Politics

Gun Hearing Airs Issues, Disagreements On Solutions

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

This is the time when we begin to find if the emotional power of the Newtown school shooting will translate into political change. People affected by mass shootings are now talking with state and federal lawmakers.

Susan Aaron's daughter escaped the shooting in Newtown after seeing her teacher and friends killed.

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3:10am

Thu January 31, 2013
NPR Story

Syria Accuses Israel Of Bombing Its Military Facility

Originally published on Sun February 3, 2013 9:52 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's sort through what we know and do not know about Israel's reported airstrike on Syria. Syrian officials, the government of Bashar al-Assad, have affirmed that Israeli warplanes struck, although we have conflicting reports about what the target was. We're going to work through the information with NPR's Jerusalem correspondent, Larry Abramson. Hi, Larry.

LARRY ABRAMSON, BYLINE: Hi there, Steve.

INSKEEP: What do you know, and how do you know it?

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2:16am

Thu January 31, 2013
Planet Money

Should Gun Owners Have To Buy Liability Insurance?

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Note: We originally published a version of this post a few weeks ago. We are republishing it now to coincide with our story airing today on Morning Edition.

All kinds of proposals to reduce gun violence have been floated recently. One idea that has gotten the attention of economists is liability insurance. Most states require car owners to have liability insurance to cover damages their vehicles cause to others; some economists think we should require the same of gun owners.

We reached out to a few economists to get their thoughts.

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1:08am

Thu January 31, 2013
Business

Boeing Contract Offer Could Prompt Engineers Strike

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 11:18 am

A Boeing 787 under construction inside a production facility at a Boeing plant in Everett, Wash., last year.
Susan Walsh AP

Boeing is scrambling to figure out why batteries malfunctioned on its 787, prompting officials to ground the airplane this month. And at a time when Boeing most needs its skilled engineers, they're weighing a possible strike. Union leaders are considering the company's final contract offer.

The standoff between Boeing and about 23,000 engineers and technicians — mostly in the Seattle region — has been brewing for months. Dozens of them recently packed a union hall south of Seattle for training in how to run a picket line.

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12:18am

Thu January 31, 2013
It's All Politics

Cabinet Picks Show A Shift In How U.S. Wages War

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 5:34 am

President Obama shakes hands with his nominee to head the Defense Department, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, at the White House on Jan. 7. John Brennan, Obama's choice for director of the CIA, looks on.
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Chuck Hagel, who spent more than a decade in the Senate asking witnesses questions at hearings, will be the one answering them Thursday as his confirmation hearing to be secretary of defense begins.

His hearing follows that of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who was confirmed this week to be secretary of state.

Kerry and Hagel have a prominent biographical detail in common: service in Vietnam.

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12:17am

Thu January 31, 2013
Sports

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Colin Kaepernick?

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 4:55 pm

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick throws before the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 20.
David Goldman AP

There's always a question surrounding San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Years ago, people wondered whether the talented athlete would be good enough to start in college.

Then there was the question of what role he would play in the NFL. And after the 49ers took him, fans questioned whether he could throw enough to be more than a backup.

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11:03pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Music Interviews

Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite Get Muddy

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 10:12 am

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite's new collaborative album is titled Get Up!
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Ben Harper grew up roaming the aisles and restoring guitars at his family's music store, the Claremont Folk Music Center. Going on its 60th year of business, the storefront in Southern California is where Harper first discovered the harmonica playing of blues legend Charlie Musselwhite.

"We had Charlie's records stacked high at my family's store and at my house," Harper tells NPR's Steve Inskeep.

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5:58pm

Wed January 30, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: January 30, 2013

DACA, the newest addition to the discussion on US immigration reform; Adobe Books still fighting to keep its doors open; What does it take to open a business in San Francisco?; StoryCorps: Apollo 11 engineer recalls the thrill of the first lunar landing; and local band the Mezzacappa-Phillips Duo.

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5:56pm

Wed January 30, 2013
YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS 1/30

Family Law

Chuck Finney is joined by Family Law attorneys Esther Rosenfeld, Jill Mondry, and Lauren Zorfas to discuss alternative dispute resolution and mediation in Family Law cases.

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