12:30pm

Fri July 20, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Texas Slow To Review Health Insurance Rate Hikes

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 3:56 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has opposed the expansion of Medicaid under the Accountable Care Act, and his administration has yet to review big health insurance rate hikes under the law.
L.M. Otero AP

Few governors have been as vocal and as unequivocal in their opposition to the federal health care law as Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Perry, a Republican, has vowed not to expand Medicaid and not to create an insurance exchange. Consumer advocates in Texas say the Perry administration has also been dragging its feet when it comes to insurance rate review.

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12:16pm

Fri July 20, 2012
The Two-Way

From Our Readers: Colorado Massacre Stir Emotions

Two-Way readers were immediately struck by a sense that the victims of the Aurora, Colo., shooting could have been anyone, as well as shock that something as simple and fun as going to a movie could turn violent without warning:

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11:38am

Fri July 20, 2012
The Picture Show

Fighting For Photos Of The Tour De France

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 1:55 pm

James Startt Courtesy of Bicycling magazine

One of the first times photographer James Startt recalls seeing Lance Armstrong was during the 1992 Olympic trials as the two rounded a corner together. Startt, an avid cyclist, says he only came close to Armstrong once during the tryouts.

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10:10am

Fri July 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Romney: Now Is The Time 'To Remember How Much We Love One Another'

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 12:23 pm

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney who was in Bow, New Hampshire for a campaign event addressed the mass shooting in Colorado, during a speech this afternoon.

Romney said he was addressing the nation, not as "political candidate," but as "a father, a grandfather, a husband, an American." Now, he said, "is the time to look into our hearts and remember how much we love one another and how much we love and how much we care for our great country."

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10:03am

Fri July 20, 2012
The Salt

Soul Food Fans Say Goodbye To 'Queen' Sylvia

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 8:11 am

Sylvia Woods moves to the music outside her restaurant in Harlem neighborhood of New York, during the restaurant's 40th anniversary celebration in 2002.
Stuart Ramson AP

Sylvia Woods, known as the Queen of Soul Food, died yesterday at age 86. She opened the legendary Sylvia's restaurant in Harlem 50 years ago, around the corner from the Apollo Theater, and it soon became a gathering place for prominent African Americans, politicians, and foodies of all ages and races.

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9:32am

Fri July 20, 2012
The Two-Way

Colorado Mass Shooting Suspect Described As 'Recluse'

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 11:40 am

A photo of James Holmes released by the University of Colorado Denver.
University of Colorado Denver

Authorities have identified 24-year-old James Holmes as the suspect in the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo.

According to witnesses, the gunman showed up at a midnight screening of the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises and opened fire. Quoting a federal law enforcement official, the AP reports the gunman had an assault rifle, a shotgun and two pistols."

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9:30am

Fri July 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Movie-Theater Shootings Put Presidential Politics On Hold

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 3:56 pm

President Obama turned a planned campaign speech in Fort Myers, Fla., into a brief statement about the shooting rampage. He asked the audience to join him in a moment of silence for the victims.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

(Updated @ 1:11 pm ET)

As deeply as the mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., shocked the national conscience, they also quickly affected the U.S. political scene, with both major party presidential campaigns ripping up their scripts for Friday, and the mayor of the nation's largest city using the issue to put the candidates on the spot on gun control.

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9:04am

Fri July 20, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, July 19, 2012

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Mitt Romney, under attack over taxes, Bain and outsourcing, is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad month. But he's still tied with President Obama in nearly every poll. Plus, we weigh in on potential veeps, Ron Paul and Sarah Palin await their convention invites, Harry Reid complains, and Anthony Weiner mulls a comeback. Really.

Join NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving in the latest installment of the It's All Politics podcast.

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9:04am

Fri July 20, 2012
Middle East

'Shadow War' Between Israel And Iran Creeps Wider

Originally published on Sun July 22, 2012 6:44 am

An Israeli survivor is carried on a wheelchair to an ambulance as he leaves a hospital in Burgas, Bulgaria, on Thursday. A suicide bomb attacker killed eight people in a bus transporting Israeli tourists at a Bulgarian airport, the country's interior minister said, and Israel pointed its finger at Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants.
Stoyan Nenov Reuters/Landov

At the core of the Israel-Iran dispute is the latter's nuclear program. But it's been playing out in a strange way, in a shadow war that stretches across continents.

Almost immediately after a bomb killed several Israeli tourists and wounded more than 30 on a Bulgarian bus Wednesday, Israel blamed Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

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8:56am

Fri July 20, 2012
Around the Nation

Aurora Shooting Is 'Evil, Sensless; Beyond Reason'

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 11:42 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Police soon arrested a suspect, and they were still searching suspect's apartment when President Obama stepped before a crowd this morning in Fort Myers, Florida. It was a political campaign event. It was supposed to be, but the president said it was not a day for campaigning.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

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