6:14am

Fri September 21, 2012
It's All Politics

Latest Fundraising Picture Shows Strong Month For Obama

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 10:21 am

Fundraising reports filed last night by the presidential campaigns show President Obama with a slight advantage in fundraising last month, while Republican Mitt Romney has the edge by some other measures.

Each candidate is raising money for his own campaign committee, plus his national party committee and a joint fundraising committee or two.

So what you see depends on what you look at.

In cash on hand, the overall Romney organization finished August with more than $168 million — that's $43 million more than the overall Obama organization.

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6:11am

Fri September 21, 2012
The Two-Way

Here's Where And When To See Space Shuttle Endeavour Today In California

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 2:28 pm

Endeavour passed by the Golden Gate Bridge today.
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The last leg of space shuttle Endeavour's flight to its retirement home in Los Angeles began at 8 a.m. Pacific time today, NASA says.

And the space agency has put together a timetable for Endeavour's flybys that will give folks from San Francisco to Southern California a chance to see the shuttle aboard the jumbo jet that's carrying it to L.A.

Update at 4:25 p.m. ET. Touchdown:

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5:30am

Fri September 21, 2012
KALW Almanac

Friday September 21, 2012

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5:02am

Fri September 21, 2012
The Two-Way

As Last Surge Troops Leave, Some Afghans Take Up Arms Against Taliban

January 2011: Boys in the Andar district of Afghanistan gathered to collect candy from passing U.S. Army soldiers. Now, there are reports from that area of locals rising up against the Taliban.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

As Defense Secretary Leon Panetta notes that the last of the 33,000 so-called surge troops who were added to the U.S. force in Afghanistan last year have now left the country, there's this interesting news:

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4:33am

Fri September 21, 2012
The Two-Way

More Protests In Muslim Nations; Some Violence

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 8:45 am

In Islamabad today, this demonstrator threw a tear gas canister back toward police.
Aamir Qureshi AFP/Getty Images
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Tens of thousands of people are protesting in all of Pakistan's major cities today, NPR's Jackie Northam reports from Islamabad, as those who oppose U.S. policy in the region continue to use outrage over an anti-Islam video to whip up anti-American sentiment.

There are also reports of new protests in other Muslim nations, including Bangladesh and Malaysia.

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4:24am

Fri September 21, 2012
Europe

Woman Who Popularized Fresco Of Jesus Wants A Cut

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 4:26 am

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4:14am

Fri September 21, 2012
World

Record Soap Bubble Holds 181 people

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3:47am

Fri September 21, 2012
Economy

Despite Economic Jitters, Stock Market Climbs

unemployment is still above 8 percent and some companies are warning of lower profits. Yet the stock market keeps climbing. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, about why markets are at their highest levels since the financial crisis four years ago.

3:04am

Fri September 21, 2012
Election 2012

President Obama Outraises Mitt Romney In August

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 3:58 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renée Montagne.

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And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. Fundraising reports filed last night by the presidential campaigns look like recent public opinion polls - they show President Obama with a narrow advantage in monthly fundraising last month, although Republican Mitt Romney has the edge by some other measures.

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3:04am

Fri September 21, 2012
Election 2012

Romney Argues For The Proper Role Of Government

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been busy after a tape emerged of him telling wealthy donors that nearly half of Americans see themselves as victims dependent on the federal government. Now he's trying to make those remarks part of a broader argument: What is the proper role of government and who should pay for it?

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