1:04pm

Fri July 6, 2012
It's All Politics

Jobs Report And Politics: The Monthly Spin Cycle

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 1:32 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks about the monthly jobs report Friday in Wolfeboro, N.H.
Charles Dharapak AP

Like any Oval Office incumbent seeking re-election, President Obama would prefer to have the economy exceeding expectations in terms of job creation at this point in the campaign.

But exactly four months from Election Day, the economy isn't cooperating. In fact, it's doing just the opposite, underperforming job-growth forecasts in recent months.

Given the trend, it seems unlikely the four monthly jobs reports to be issued between Friday and Election Day will change the pattern in which our politics now seem trapped:

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12:52pm

Fri July 6, 2012
The Salt

Your Love Letters To Pie Came In Droves

Originally published on Wed July 11, 2012 12:08 pm

NPR listener Rob Siegel of Philomath, Ore., says every Thanksgiving he spends a whole day making pies with his grandchildren.
Courtesy of Rob Siegel

All good things come to an end, and we're sad to report that today marks the conclusion of Pie Week. What started as an admission of our fears of making pie crust (see Allison Aubrey's story) has become something much bigger that speaks to just how powerful pie can be as a means of bringing us together.

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12:11pm

Fri July 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Zimmerman Posts Bond, Is Released

George Zimmerman during a court hearing on June 29.
Joe Burbank AP

One day after a Florida judge set his new bail at $1 million, accused killer George Zimmerman is out of jail after posting a bond.

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12:07pm

Fri July 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Yahoo, Facebook Reportedly In Ad Deal

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 12:52 pm

Yahoo and Facebook have agreed to re-sheath their patent swords and play nice — at least for now.

The two companies have struck a broad advertising partnership as part of a deal to end a patent dispute, Kara Swisher reports on the technology blog All Things Digital, quoting "sources close to the situation."

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11:39am

Fri July 6, 2012
Law

How The Health Care Ruling Might Affect Civil Rights

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:46 pm

People gather outside the Supreme Court on June 28, the morning the health care ruling was announced. Lawyers say they're still teasing out the consequences for other key areas of the law — including civil rights.
David Goldman AP

There's been lots of talk about how the Supreme Court's landmark decision to uphold the health care law could affect the federal Medicaid program and President Obama's political standing. But days after the historic ruling, lawyers say they're still teasing out the consequences for other key areas of the law — including civil rights.

At first blush, it might seem odd that a case about the Affordable Care Act would send civil rights experts scrambling back to their law books.

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10:40am

Fri July 6, 2012
The Two-Way

Hot Damn! It's National Fried Chicken Day

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 11:23 am

Celebrating the day.
Steve Parsons PA Photos /Landov

Someone please tell us, because we've searched and can't find the answer: Who decided this is National Fried Chicken Day?

It apparently is, judging from all the stories, Web posts and tweets we're seeing.

It's why the Los Angeles Times is offering up "Fried Chicken Five Ways" — five recipes, from classic buttermilk-battered to Korean.

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10:38am

Fri July 6, 2012
Middle East

Yemen Airstrikes Punish Militants ... And Civilians

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 1:46 pm

Some of the 26 children of Saleh Qaid Toayman, who was killed with one of his sons in an airstrike on Oct. 14, 2011. The family says the eldest son, Azzedine, has joined an al-Qaida-affiliated group to avenge the father's death. The group's black banner hangs in the family's home. The family says the militant group gives them a monthly stipend.
Kelly McEvers NPR

The destruction is total. In Jaar, a town in southern Yemen, an entire block has been reduced to rubble by what residents say was a powerful airstrike on May 15.

For the first time in more than a year, the sites of the escalating U.S. air war in southern Yemen are becoming accessible, as militants linked to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula have withdrawn from the area. This retreat follows the sustained American air campaign and an offensive by the Yemeni government forces on the ground.

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9:10am

Fri July 6, 2012
Planet Money

Rigging LIBOR: Banking Scandal Hits Home (Literally)

Originally published on Mon July 30, 2012 6:20 pm

Lefteris Pitarakis AP

The biggest scandal in the world right now has nothing to do with sex or celebrities. It's about an interest rate called LIBOR, or the London Interbank Offered Rate.

Most Americans probably never heard of LIBOR. When I first moved to New York, I hadn't. Back then, I could barely afford my apartment and got an adjustable rate mortgage. And so I wondered: When my rate adjusts, how will I know how much I'll be paying?

I searched through all the documents and it was right there — LIBOR. I would be paying a few percentage points above whatever LIBOR was.

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9:10am

Fri July 6, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Under Pressure, Pfizer Agrees To Change Vitamin Claims

Originally published on Fri July 6, 2012 9:56 am

Pfizer will drop or qualify some health claims on labels and in ads for Centrum vitamins and supplements.
CSPI

If you pay any attention at all to ads for vitamins, you'd be forgiven for thinking they're good for just about anything that could ever ail you.

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8:52am

Fri July 6, 2012
'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup

It's All Politics, July 5 2012

Charles Dharapak AP

If the Supreme Court says President Obama's Affordable Care Act includes a tax, then why is his rival Mitt Romney paying a political price? And who would have guessed in the aftermath of the ruling the right would attack Chief Justice John Roberts. Plus: It's getting nerve-wracking for Charlie Rangel.

NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin have the latest political news in this week's roundup.

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