2:41pm

Wed August 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Could Ryan Lure Younger Voters To GOP?

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 6:08 am

Rep. Paul Ryan greets supporters during a campaign rally Sunday in Waukesha, Wis.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the newly chosen vice presidential running mate for Republican Mitt Romney, was in Ohio on Wednesday to speak at his alma mater.

Ryan graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1992 with degrees in economics and political science. And his ascension to the GOP ticket thrills Rob Harrelson, a member of the school's College Republicans (as was Ryan, two decades earlier).

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2:41pm

Wed August 15, 2012
American Dreams: Then And Now

A Baseball School For Big League Dreamers

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 6:11 pm

Ketchum Marsh, a senior from Massachusetts, walks back to the dugout during an intrasquad game at IMG Baseball Academy, where he trains and goes to school.
Chip Litherland for NPR

If you have ever dreamed of playing big-league baseball, chances are the dream started to fade sometime in high school.

It gradually becomes clear: You won't be starting in Game 7 of the World Series, and tipping your cap after hitting a walk-off homer. So at some point you go from player to fan — watching others chase greatness on the diamond.

But not every baseball dreamer is willing to give up so early. And in Bradenton, Fla., there's a place that lies somewhere between the Little League field and Yankee Stadium.

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2:40pm

Wed August 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Ecuador Says U.K. Threatened To Storm Embassy, If Assange Isn't Turned Over

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 4:55 pm

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Kirsty Wigglesworth AP

The diplomatic battle in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has taken a dramatic turn today: In an angry press conference streamed live on the Internet, Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño said Britain threatened to storm their embassy in London if Assange was not handed over to police.

"Ecuador is not a British colony," Patiño said. "The days of colonialism are over."

He added that "such a threat is improper of a democratic and civilized country."

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1:46pm

Wed August 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Judge Refuses To Block Pa. Voter ID Law; Appeal Headed To State Supreme Court

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 5:04 pm

Demonstrators hold signs at an NAACP-organized rally on the steps of the Pennsylvania Capitol to protest the state's new voter identification law on July 24 in Harrisburg, Pa.
Marc Levy AP

A judge's decision Wednesday to uphold the new Pennsylvania voter identification law shifted attention to the state's highest court, which could now determine if the requirement will be imposed on Election Day.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs had asked the judge to stop the law from taking effect as part of a constitutional challenge. Their complaint claims the law would make it disproportionately harder for seniors, minorities and others to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

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1:38pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Safety Flag Raised For Codeine In Kids

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 1:45 pm

When it comes to pain relief for kids, there may be better options than codeine.
iStockphoto.com

The Food and Drug Administration has warned doctors to be careful with codeine to relieve children's pain.

The agency noted reports of three kids who died and one who almost did after taking codeine following surgery. The kids had their tonsils or adenoids removed to treat obstructive sleep apnea.

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1:34pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Participation Nation

Giving Folks A Chance In Medford, Ore.

A young girl hangs out at the Maslow Project.
Courtesy of David Gibb Photography
  • The mission of the Maslow Project in Medford: To increase the coping skills of, and self-sufficiency in, young people who are homeless — to give them a decent chance in the adult world.
  • Founder and Executive Director Mary Ferrell was born and raised in Medford.
  • Lacey Renae is the group's counselor and art therapist. Most art supplies are donated by the local community.
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1:33pm

Wed August 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama's Iowa Hosts Say They'll Pray For Him, But They Won't Vote For Him

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 2:02 pm

President Obama walks with members of the Heil family as he arrives to deliver remarks on wind power at the Heil Family Farm in Haverhill, Iowa, on Tuesday.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Iowans are famously nice — so nice, it seems, they'll let you hold a campaign event on their property even if they won't vote for you.

Hours after President Obama paid a visit to a central Iowa farm Tuesday afternoon, the farm owner's adult son issued a statement not exactly in line with the Obama campaign's talking points.

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1:17pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Education

Tax Credit Scholarships Reignite Voucher Debate

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 6:23 am

In Georgia, among those returning when school resumes this month are several thousand students who attend private religious academies on scholarships paid for by taxpayers. Georgia is one of several states that allow businesses and individuals to receive tax credits for contributions to scholarship programs for kids, kindergarten through 12th grade.

The tax credit scholarships are popular with school choice advocates. Like vouchers, they use public money to pay for private education. But in Georgia, even some supporters say the scholarships may be open to abuse.

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12:45pm

Wed August 15, 2012
It's All Politics

Ryan Role In Thompson Win Debated

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 1:47 pm

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson at his primary election night party Tuesday in Waukesha, Wis.
Jeffrey Phelps AP

The question of whether GOP vice presidential pick Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin will ultimately help or hurt Mitt Romney's quest for the White House is the subject of fierce debate.

But some politicos are calling Ryan a kingmaker following former longtime Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson's slim victory Tuesday in the hotly contested, four-way Republican U.S Senate primary.

Why? Ryan gave Thompson a shout-out at a Badger State homecoming rally Sunday, and the former governor quickly incorporated the veep pick's endorsement-of-sorts into a campaign ad.

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12:42pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Politics

New immigration initiative inspires undocumented Americans to DREAM

Rev. Debbie Lee addresses Dreamers on the steps of the Grace Cathedral
Ashleyanne Krigbaum

This morning, thousands of young undocumented immigrants became eligible for temporary legal status due to the implementation of President Obama's policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is considered the most expansive immigration policy to take effect in the past 25 years. The federal initiative grants access to work permits and temporary protection from deportation to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

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