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It's All Politics
3:06 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Pros And Cons: Ryan As Romney's VP

Newly announced Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks during a campaign rally in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 4:25 pm

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate seems to be uniting both Republicans and Democrats. The GOP is embracing the young, wonky addition to the ticket, while the left seems happy to be taking him on.

Here's a quick look at the pluses and minuses of the decision, from the point of view of the man at the top of the ticket.

PROS:

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Election 2012
3:04 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Paul Ryan At A Glance

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., looks on during a campaign rally in Manassas, Va., after being named Mitt Romney's running mate Saturday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 10:07 am

Who Is He? The young chairman of the House Budget Committee came to national prominence as architect of a Republican budget plan after the GOP took the House in the 2010 midterm elections. Ryan's plan would slash government spending, simplify tax laws while cutting taxes on the wealthy, and fundamentally change entitlement programs, including Medicare and Medicaid.

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The Torch
2:36 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Mexico Devastates Brazil In Historic 2-1 Olympic Soccer Final

Oribe Peralta of Mexico celebrates scoring his second goal as Mexico beat Brazil, 2-1, to win Olympic gold medal in London's Wembley Stadium.
Michael Regan Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 4:18 pm

Mexico shocked Brazil in the Olympic men's soccer final, winning gold 2-1, in a game in which it never trailed. Mexico's Oribe Peralta scored just 29 seconds into the game, after pouncing on a turnover to scorch a ball that tracked low and bounced to elude goalkeeper Gabriel.

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Books
2:36 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Batman's Biggest Secret (No, It's Not Bruce Wayne)

Bill Finger (left) helped create the Batman we know today, including his iconic costume, his tragic backstory, and many of his adversaries.
Ty Templeton

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 4:41 pm

Batman has many secrets — the best-known one, of course, being his millionaire alter ego, Bruce Wayne. But that may not be the Dark Knight's biggest secret.

Since the 1930s, only one man has been given credit for creating the caped crusader and his home city of Gotham. Bob Kane's name appears in the credits of all the movies, the campy TV show and the associated merchandise, from video games and action figures to sheets and underwear.

But what if Bob Kane didn't do it all by himself?

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It's All Politics
2:05 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Historically Cautious Romney Takes 'Shot Down The Field' In Ryan

Mitt Romney introduces Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin as his vice presidential running mate Saturday in Norfolk, Va.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 3:03 pm

Some of those who know Mitt Romney best or have studied his political and business careers say the Republican presidential candidate tends toward caution and deep analysis in making decisions.

That helps explain why his choice of Rep. Paul Ryan surprised more than a few: Among the candidates reportedly on Romney's short list, Ryan was widely perceived as one of the less-safe choices.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Preparing For A 'Horrible Event'; The U.S. And Turkey Plan For Syria's Collapse

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (top right) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pose for a photograph with Syrian refugees in Turkey on Saturday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 1:20 pm

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu got straight to the point in their joint news conference Saturday. They announced the creation of a new working group that will monitor what's happening next door in Syria and prepare for crises.

One of those crises could include the possibility that the Syrian government decides to deploy chemical weapons against rebels or other perceived enemies.

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A Blog Supreme
12:44 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Branford Marsalis On Sensitive Musicians And The First Family Of Jazz

Branford Marsalis spoke with NPR about modern jazz, his family, and his new album, Four MFs Playin' Tunes.
Courtesy of Marsalis Music.

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:13 pm

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, oldest son of New Orleans pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, released an album with his quartet this week. He spoke to weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz about the failings of modern jazz, his hopes for the next generation and leaving New York City to move back to the South.

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Participation Nation
12:33 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Seeing The Best Of The U.S. By Bus

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On the road with Bus 52.
Courtesy of Bus 52.

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 10:23 am

Right now, five of us — recent college graduates — are traveling across the country on a big blue converted school bus. Our mission is to showcase news of organizations and people who are doing inspiring things to help their communities in America.

The non-profit web series is called Bus 52. For one year, we are visiting the lower 48 states to show that good news is all around.

Our ultimate goal is to highlight 100 inspiring stories across America. Last week we released our 50th tale — about a non-profit pub in Portland, Oregon.

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Participation Nation
12:33 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Finding A 'Kind World' In Boston, Mass.

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Rebecca Johnson from Paxton, Mass., tells a story on the Kind World blog of how, 38 years ago, a man purchased a book of poetry for her.
Courtesy of WBUR

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 12:59 pm

Kind World, an online experiment at WBUR in Boston, celebrates the effect random acts of kindness can have on others.

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It's All Politics
12:22 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

Romney's Not Alone In Stumbling Over 'Next President' Line

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney laughed off his momentary lapse Saturday, when he introduced his new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, as "the next president of the United States." In 2008, President Obama had a similar slip.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 11, 2012 3:21 pm

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