5:00am

Sun April 15, 2012
Presidential Race

Presidential Campaign Enters A New Phase

Originally published on Fri April 20, 2012 12:10 pm

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This past week marked the unofficial start of the general election for President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum's departure from the presidential race cleared the way for Romney and signaled a shift to a new phase of the campaign. For more, we are joined by NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Hi, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Rachel.

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5:00am

Sun April 15, 2012
Around the Nation

Storms Rip Across The Midwest

Several deaths and injuries have been reported following a tornado that rolled across Woodward, Okla. It was just one of the twisters that struck the Midwest on Saturday and overnight. As Kansas Public Radio's J. Schafer reports, more than 100 tornadoes touched down across four states.

3:06am

Sun April 15, 2012
Around the Nation

The 2080 Census: The World As We (Don't) Know It

Vallarie Enriquez iStockphoto.com

3:03am

Sun April 15, 2012
Latin America

At Americas Summit, Allies Nudge U.S. To Change

President Obama participates in a forum with the presidents of Brazil and Colombia at the Summit of the Americas on Saturday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

President Obama emphasized at a summit of leaders from across the Americas that the U.S. would not shift strategies in the war on drugs. His administration had, in recent weeks, faced criticism from some presidents who said the U.S. approach to the drugs trade had simply generated more violence in Latin America.

That wasn't the only thorny issue Obama faced in his trip to Colombia.

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3:02am

Sun April 15, 2012
Europe

Norway 'Still Shattered' As Extremist Goes On Trial

Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing extremist who confessed to killing 77 people on July 22, 2011, will go to trial in Oslo, Norway, on Monday.
Lise Aserud AP

Norwegians will be confronted again this week with the terrible details and trauma of the worst peacetime attack in the country's history.

Police say last July 22, Anders Behring Breivik set off a car bomb in the center of Oslo near government offices. The blast killed eight people and spun residents and police into a state of chaotic alarm and confusion.

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10:58pm

Sat April 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Tornadoes, Storms Swirl Through Midwest And Plains

Originally published on Sun April 15, 2012 6:29 am

A tornado forms and touches down north of Soloman, Kan., Saturday.
Orlin Wagner AP

The midsection of the U.S. was wracked by storms and tornadoes overnight, with the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center forecasting more severe weather to come. Five deaths have been confirmed in northwest Oklahoma, the state's Department of Emergency Management tells NPR.

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2:24pm

Sat April 14, 2012
Election 2012

How Can Romney Win? GOP Women Have Some Ideas

To get to the White House, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will need to win over women voters.
Steven Senne AP

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will spend the next seven months convincing us to send him to the White House. To get there, he'll have to make a strong case to one very important voting bloc: women.

A poll out this week by ABC and the Washington Post shows President Obama with a 19-point lead over Romney with women voters. For Romney to win, he's got to make a significant dent in that margin.

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2:11pm

Sat April 14, 2012
Education

New York Teacher Ratings Renew Evaluation Debate

Originally published on Sat April 14, 2012 3:49 pm

Katherine Moloney, principal of P.S. 100 in Brooklyn, says that evaluating teachers on test scores alone is not enough.
Beth Fertig

How do you measure who is an effective teacher?

More states are wrestling with that question, now that the Obama administration is encouraging schools to evaluate teachers with a combination of student test scores and classroom observations.

The question of whether teacher evaluations are reliable indicators for teacher effectiveness has long been controversial. But New York City reignited the debate when it rated thousands of teachers with test scores alone — and then released those ratings to the public.

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12:00pm

Sat April 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Arrest, Charges Push Trayvon Martin Case Forward

NPR's Joel Rose has a round-up of the week's news in the Trayvon Martin shooting case. Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman is in jail and the legal case is moving forward.

12:00pm

Sat April 14, 2012
Environment

Storms Threaten Great Plains With Hail, Tornadoes

Originally published on Sat April 14, 2012 3:49 pm

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GUY RAZ, HOST:

From NPR News, it's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Guy Raz.

Our cover story today: the GOP's gender gap. We'll get to that in a few moments, but first to the severe weather in much of the Great Plains. The National Weather Service is warning that today's outbreak of tornadoes could be a, quote, "high-end, life-threatening event." Several confirmed tornadoes have already touched down across Kansas and Oklahoma, and more are expected in Nebraska and Iowa.

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