12:28am

Mon September 10, 2012
Around the Nation

Los Angeles VA Has Made Millions On Rental Deals

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 4:59 pm

The 388-acre campus of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in West Los Angeles was donated to the federal government more than 100 years ago for use as a home for disabled veterans, but is no longer used for that purpose. In 2007, Building 209, pictured here, was designated as a place to house disabled homeless vets. It is currently abandoned.
Nancy Pastor for NPR

Most Los Angeles residents only know the Veterans Affairs medical center in West Los Angeles as something they glimpse from their cars when they're on traffic-choked Wilshire Boulevard. From the road it looks like a park, but within the grounds is the largest medical facility in the VA's health care system.

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12:27am

Mon September 10, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Doctors Take Aim At Epidemic Kidney Stones With Lasers

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 2:17 am

Henry Owens, a 69-year-old retired lawyer from Cape Cod, suffered a kidney stone attack last month. His doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital used a laser to break up the stone.
Richard Knox NPR

The nation is in the midst of a kidney stone epidemic.

New research shows 1 in 10 American men and 1 in 14 women has had one. And prevalence of kidney stones has shot up in recent years.

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12:25am

Mon September 10, 2012
Middle East

Next U.S. President Faces A Middle East 'In Turmoil'

Originally published on Sun September 16, 2012 5:25 am

A rebel fighter fled after attacking a tank with a rocket-propelled grenade last week in Aleppo, Syria. The escalating Syrian conflict is among several issues in the Middle East that the next U.S. president must confront.
Manu Brabo AP

Foreign policy has not been a major focus of this election campaign, but whoever wins in November will have a messy inbox when it comes to the delicate tangle of issues in the Middle East.

For decades, the U.S. relied on authoritarian regimes to provide stability in the region. Now, it must deal with a new government in Egypt, an intensifying conflict in Syria, nervous allies in the Persian Gulf — and a major decision about Iran.

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12:00am

Mon September 10, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: The State of Public Higher Education in California

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a special two-hour live broadcast of Your Call from the City College of San Francisco.  We’ll talk about the state of higher education – in the first hour, exploring the role public universities play in California ’s economy, and in the second hour focusing on the crisis at CCSF.  Join the conversation in person at the Diego Rivera Theater on the CCSF campus, or tune in Monday at 10 am here on KALW, San Francisco.

Guests:

Daniel Newell, Job Development & Marketing Specialist San Jose State University Career Center

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8:22pm

Sun September 9, 2012
Minds Over Matter 09/09

Minds Over Matter

The Bay Area's Favorite Game Show for 9/09/12

2:08pm

Sun September 9, 2012
Politics

Who Benefits In Money Game: Democracy Or Donors?

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 3:07 pm

There's a new stimulus plan underway in America: $5.8 billion is being injected into the U.S. economy, particularly in states like Ohio, Virginia, Colorado and Florida.

We're talking of course about campaign spending, and this year's elections will be the most expensive in history. In fact, by the time we all head to the voting booth on Election Day, nearly $6 billion will have been spent on campaigns — big and small — all across America.

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12:32pm

Sun September 9, 2012
The Two-Way

States' Rights And DOMA Clash On A Shifting Battlefield

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 1:07 pm

Carri Jo Anderson joins the protest in front of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Pompano Beach, Fla., in August. As views on homosexuality change, more states are challenging the federal definition of marriage
J Pat Carter AP

The debate over states' rights versus federal power is as old as our country. The latest brush-up comes in a doubly-sticky challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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11:59am

Sun September 9, 2012
Election 2012

Critics Say Ryan's Record Belies Tough Deficit Talk

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 2:08 pm

Paul Ryan waves as he takes the stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29. Ryan has been celebrated as a deficit hawk with bold vision, but some critics have called his record on deficit-reduction "dismal."
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Paul Ryan has a reputation as a deficit hawk. Mitt Romney's running mate has proposed budgets that cut non-defense spending significantly, and advocated controlling Medicare costs by making it a voucher program. But critics argue there's a lot in the Wisconsin congressman's record that undermines his deficit-hawk reputation.

When Ryan gave the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address last year, he restated his commitment to debt and deficit reduction.

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11:56am

Sun September 9, 2012
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6:53am

Sun September 9, 2012
It's All Politics

For Both Parties, Spanglish Is The Unofficial Convention Language

Originally published on Mon September 10, 2012 8:34 am

Cristina Saralegui waves at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

If you grew up in a bilingual Hispanic household, listening to the Democratic and Republican conventions may have sounded a lot like home.

It's no coincidence that both parties highlighted politicians like Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.

Rubio, whose parents are from Cuba, introduced Mitt Romney at the Republican convention; Castro, whose grandmother immigrated from Mexico, became the first Latino to give the Democrats' keynote address.

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