12:04pm

Fri September 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Struggles To Find Foreign Policy Footing

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 1:32 pm

Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally Thursday in Fairfax, Va.
Nicholas Kamm AFP/Getty Images

Mitt Romney has sought to distinguish his views on foreign policy and the world from positions held by President Obama. So far, it hasn't gained him much traction.

The Republican presidential nominee has insisted that Obama has not done enough to promote America's values and interests, instead "apologizing" and appeasing the nation's enemies.

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11:32am

Fri September 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Ryan Slams Obama On Social Issues And Foreign Policy

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 1:31 pm

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan speaks Friday at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan used an appearance at an annual gathering of his party's social conservatives Friday to pointedly criticize President Obama's foreign policy record and to testify to his own Catholic faith and opposition to abortion.

"We're all in this together," said Ryan, a representative from Wisconsin, echoing a theme of Obama's convention speech. "It has a nice ring."

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11:12am

Fri September 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Britain's Royals Sue Magazine Over Topless Photos Of Kate Middleton

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 12:45 pm

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge during their visit to Singapore Botanical Gardens on Tuesday.
Getty Images

The Brits are in the middle of another scandal involving a semi-nude royal: After issuing a strong condemnation, the royal family said it would sue a French magazine for publishing photos of a topless Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duchess, if you're not a royal watcher, is Kate Middleton, Prince William's wife and ostensible the future queen of England.

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11:00am

Fri September 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Chinese Patrol Boats Stand Down In Islands Row With Japan

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 11:51 am

A squadron of Chinese patrol vessels has turned back from a tense standoff with the Japanese coast guard near a small group of islands claimed by both countries.

The uninhabited islands in the East China Sea, known to Japan as Senkaku and to China as Diaoyu, have been the subject of a decades-long dispute between Tokyo and Beijing.

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10:45am

Fri September 14, 2012
Movies

'Chico & Rita': An Animated Film With A Cuban Beat

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 9:24 am

Chico's story mimics the stories of many Cuban musicians who left Havana and arrived in New York City in the 1940s โ€” a time when musicians like Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were starting to emerge.
Luna Films

This interview was originally broadcast on April 12, 2012. Fernando Trueba's Chico & Rita is now out on DVD.

The animated film Chico and Rita is set in 1940s Havana, at a time when Cuban musicians were starting to leave the country and join the jazz scene in New York. It was also a time when musical styles were fusing โ€” and changing the Afro-Cuban jazz scene entirely.

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10:36am

Fri September 14, 2012
The Two-Way

No Deal Yet: Chicago Teachers On Strike For Fifth Day

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 2:41 pm

Chicago public school teachers pose for a photo on a picket line as their strike extends into a fifth day.
M. Spencer Green AP

Update at 3:00 p.m. ET. No Settlement Expected Today:

NPR's Ken Barcus says that no settlement is expected today. The most likely scenario is a contract vote sometime on Sunday, he says.

The Chicago Tribune reports quotes a union attorney who said that the outlines of an agreement are there, but a vote on ending the strike is not likely until Sunday.

Our Original Post Continues:

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10:32am

Fri September 14, 2012
Interviews

Going Under The 'Boardwalk' With Michael Shannon

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 11:26 am

Michael Shannon plays federal agent Nelson Van Alden on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. "I think inside of Van Alden is a child รขย€ย” that arrested child รขย€ย” that never really got to develop its own identity," he says.
Macall B. Polay HBO

This interview was originally broadcast on Oct. 24, 2011. The third season of Boardwalk Empire starts Sunday.

HBO's Boardwalk Empire, set in Atlantic City in the 1920s, is about organized crime in the era of Prohibition. The show stars Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, an Atlantic City politician who sees the coming of Prohibition as an opportunity to make even more money from illegal activities and kickbacks.

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10:30am

Fri September 14, 2012
Movie Reviews

'The Master': Filling A Void By Finding A Family

Originally published on Fri September 14, 2012 10:45 am

Joaquin Phoenix stars as Navy veteran Freddie Quell in The Master.
Phil Bray The Weinstein Company

Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master is both feverish and glacial. The vibe is chilly, but the central character is an unholy mess โ€” and his rage saturates every frame. He's a World War II South Pacific vet named Freddie Quell, played by Joaquin Phoenix to the hilt โ€” the hilt above the hilt. We meet him at war's end on a tropical beach where he and other soldiers seek sexual relief atop the figure of a woman made out of sand.

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9:54am

Fri September 14, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, Sept. 13, 2012

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In an election that's supposed to be about the economy, tragic deaths overseas push foreign policy onto the political stage in the race between Mitt Romney and President Obama. While Romney seems to have lost the initial battle, questions remain about the administration's Middle East goals.

Join NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin for the latest "It's All Politics" roundup.

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9:52am

Fri September 14, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

How's Your Cholesterol? The Crowd Wants To Know

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 11:33 am

Members of the online community Track Your Plaque get advice from a doctor and each other on how to cook low carb meals.
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Our impulse to share intimate details about our lives within our social networks (and even sometimes with complete strangers) seems to know few bounds.

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