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11:57pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Politics

Tea Party May Be Losing Steam, But Issues Still Boil

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 6:56 am

The battle over how to avoid the looming cuts and tax increases known as the fiscal cliff is a frustrating one for the Tea Party. The movement is still a force within the GOP, even as its popularity has fallen over the past two years.

But in the current debate, there have been no big rallies in Washington, and Tea Party members in Congress seem resigned to the fact that any eventual deal will be one they won't like — and one they'll have little influence over.

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11:56pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Music Interviews

Barry Manilow On Singing Standards And His Real Job

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 4:47 am

Barry Manilow's latest release, The Classic Christmas Album, includes holiday classics from his previous three Christmas albums.
Jacob Langston Courtesy of the artist

11:55pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Shots - Health News

Post-Election, 'Morning After' Pill Advocates Want Age Rules Revisited

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 6:20 am

Currently, you need a doctor's prescription to obtain emergency contraception, such as Plan B, if you are younger than 17.
AP

Friday marks a not-so-happy anniversary for some of President Obama's biggest supporters: It's exactly one year since Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius decided not to lift the age restrictions on availability of the so-called morning-after pill, Plan B.

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11:54pm

Thu December 6, 2012
Planet Money

Why The Falling Birthrate Is Bad News For My 2-Year-Old Son

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 4:26 am

Please don't make me pay for your retirement.
Alex Blumberg NPR

The U.S. birthrate just fell to its lowest point since we've been keeping track. Here's why that may be a problem for my 2-year-old son.

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11:50pm

Thu December 6, 2012
The Salt

In Farmers Market, A Free Market Rises In Cuba

Originally published on Fri December 7, 2012 5:30 pm

Cuba has relaxed some business rules, allowing street vendors to sell produce and a large wholesale produce market to open at night on the edge of Havana.
Greg Kahn Getty Images

Cuba has no shortage of fertile farmland, but the country spends $1.5 billion a year importing about 70 percent of its food.

The communist government's chronic struggle to get farmers to produce more is forcing authorities to grudgingly accept a greater role for market principles and the profit motive.

Now authorities seem willing to go another step further, tolerating the rise of what might be described as Cuba's "free-est" market.

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