1:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Afghanistan

Deal Reached On U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 3:36 am

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1:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Business

The Last Word In Business

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 4:03 am

The denim store in Kobe, Japan, sells jeans for $350. The store is able to sell a pair of jeans for that price because it's tapped into a Japanese subculture that is obsessed by 1950s Americana.

1:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Middle East

In Bahrain, Protesters Kept Away From Grand Prix

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 4:27 am

Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix over the weekend, but in a larger sense the winners were the race organizers. They managed to hold the race which was canceled last year by political unrest, which was part of the uprisings of the Arab Spring. Bill Law, of the British Broadcasting Corporation, talks to Steve Inskeep about the weekend's events in Bahrain.

1:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Business

N.C. Company Handcrafts Artisan Jeans In Raleigh

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 6:50 am

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Back a half-century ago, much of North Carolina's work force, 40 percent, got a paycheck from the textile industry. These days, it's less than 2 percent, with many of those lost jobs going overseas.

But one company - Raleigh Denim - has found a way to thrive in North Carolina, by making blue jeans the old-fashioned way. Here's Laurin Penland with the story.

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1:42am

Mon April 23, 2012
Business

Continued Job Growth Will Help Housing Industry

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 3:36 am

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Later this week, we get some key data to help judge the state of the nation's housing market. There are some early signs of recovery, but home prices are still falling in many areas, as NPR's Chris Arnold reports.

CHRIS ARNOLD, BYLINE: Tomorrow, we'll get the latest word on home prices from what's called the S&P Case-Shiller index. That keeps showing price declines in many areas. Though those price drops have been leveling off, so things definitely aren't as bad as they were.

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Mon April 23, 2012
Business

Nestle To Buy Pfizer's Infant-Nutrition Line

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 4:09 am

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NPR's business news starts with an acquisition for Nestle.

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1:35am

Mon April 23, 2012
Europe

State-Owned German Banks Suffer After Risky Investments

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 4:19 am

Unlike the United States, Germany never had a housing bubble. Its mortgage market is too tightly regulated. But some German banks did lose a lot of money in the financial crisis, and they're still paying a big price for it.

1:35am

Mon April 23, 2012
Analysis

Politics In The News

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 3:46 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now Marco Rubio happens to be one of those regularly mentioned as a possible vice presidential choice for Mitt Romney. And that's where we pick up our discussion with Cokie Roberts, who joins us most Mondays. Cokie, good morning.

COKIE ROBERTS, BYLINE: Hi, Steve.

INSKEEP: So is the vice presidential choice an opportunity for Romney to appeal to Hispanics?

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1:35am

Mon April 23, 2012
Europe

Incumbent Sarkozy Faces French Presidential Runoff

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 3:36 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Renee Montagne is back with us. Renee, welcome back.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Glad to be back, Steve. Thanks.

Let's begin with one of the most colorful European leaders, who is on the verge of losing his job. Nicolas Sarkozy has walked the world stage with his supermodel wife on his arm.

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12:41am

Mon April 23, 2012
Mitt Romney

Immigration Remains A Dicey Issue For Romney, GOP

Originally published on Mon April 23, 2012 5:29 am

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign rally in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday.
Jae C. Hong AP

At a Republican candidates' forum in Wisconsin before the state's primary earlier this month, a speaker who wasn't on the ballot had strong words for the GOP regarding its low standing among Hispanic voters.

"The way the party ... talks about immigration is going to impact the future course of this party and the future course of this nation," said former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the first Hispanic to hold the nation's highest law enforcement post.

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