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11:09 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Russian Protest Draws Tens Of Thousands, Opposition Leaders Questioned

Protesters gather for a demonstration in central Moscow against President Vladimir Putin.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Under rain clouds, thousands of people turned out in Moscow to protest newly (re) elected President Vladmir Putin and his new efforts to quash dissent.

Before the huge rally even got off the ground, Russian authorities searched the apartments of opposition leaders and demanded they show up for questioning today, one hour before the demonstration was supposed to start, notes VOA.

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Opinion
11:08 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Foreign Policy: 5 Ideas To Save Obama's Presidency

President Barack Obama waves as he speaks on the economy at Florida Atlantic University on April 10, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. The President hopes to recapture the enthusiasm of his 2008 campaign.
Marc Serota Getty Images

David Rothkopf is CEO and editor at large of Foreign Policy.

The disappointment of President Barack Obama's supporters is palpable. He has gone from being a vessel for their greatest hopes into being a confirmation of their deepest fears about the American political system.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:07 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Conducting Business: Crowdfunding Classical Music

Better than busking or writing endless grant applications? Raising funds via sites like Kickstarter.
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Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:47 pm

Dress shirts inspired by NASA technology, gourmet pepper mixes and ... a new recording and study guide for Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time? That's just a tiny sample of Kickstarter's current array of "creative projects" seeking funding. Forget writing endless grant applications and long dinners with angel investors, the thinking goes — just tap into your social networks to raise money instead.

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The Two-Way
11:04 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Elinor Ostrom, First Woman To Win Nobel In Economics, Dies

Elinor Ostrom in January 2011.
Raveendran AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 3:10 pm

  • Elinor Ostrom, speaking with Michele Norris

Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, died this morning at Indiana University's Health Bloomington Hospital.

The university says that the 78-year-old distinguished professor succumbed to cancer.

Ostrom shared the 2009 Nobel. As the prize committee said at the time:

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The Two-Way
10:03 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Alcatraz Escapees Didn't Return 50 Years Later? Says Who?

An Alcatraz cell.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Sure, "there was no sign of the men," as Laura Sullivan and Ben Bergman reported on Morning Edition.

The legend was that Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin would reappear Monday on Alcatraz Island — 50 years to the day after they escaped in one of the most daring prison breaks in U.S. history.

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Economy
9:55 am
Tue June 12, 2012

The Fed's Tough Job Gets Harder In Election Year

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke hasn't said whether the central bank will act to further stimulate the economy.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Americans who fear the economy is losing steam would like to see the Federal Reserve turn up the heat.

That might happen when the central bank holds its next meeting June 19-20. The Fed could take steps to drive interest rates even lower, or create fresh piles of cash to stimulate growth.

But with the election season gearing up, the Fed's ability to act boldly may be restrained. That's because the monetary policymakers want to preserve the Fed's credibility as a nonpartisan entity.

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The Two-Way
9:33 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Western Myanmar Faces Religious Violence, Emergency Declared

Policemen walk toward burning buildings in Sittwe, where some residents fled burning homes and gunshots as deadly ethnic violence broke out.
Khin Maung Win AP

Fighting has escalated in western Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, between stateless Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists, who are the country's predominant religious group. President Thein Sein has declared a state of emergency and sent in army troops.

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Opinion
9:24 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Weekly Standard: Slow Learner

President Barack Obama leaves after a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House June 8, 2012 in Washington, D.C. He has faced sharp criticism of his economic policies since last month's disappointing jobs numbers.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 12, 2012 11:38 am

Fred Barnes is Executive Editor of The Weekly Standard.

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Monkey See
9:07 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Morning Shots: Tom Cruise Validated By Bret Michaels, Fortunately

Bret Michaels has given Tom Cruise the thumbs-up for Cruise's performance in Rock Of Ages. So that's one thing you don't have to worry about today. [L.A. Times]

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Planet Money
9:06 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Why It's Illegal To Braid Hair Without A License

Jestina Clayton, would-be braider.
Jim Urquhart AP

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 6:21 am

Note: This post was updated to add audio from Morning Edition.

Jestina Clayton learned how to braid hair as a girl growing up in Sierra Leone. When she was 18, she moved to America. Got married, had a couple kids, went to college.

When she graduated from college, she found that the pay from an entry-level office job would barely cover the cost of child care. So she decided to work from her home in Utah and start a hair-braiding business.

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