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3:06 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Obama's Immigration Move Disrupts Rubio's Dream

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., leaves the stage after speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations on May 31 in New York.
Stan Honda AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:19 am

With a single policy directive last week, President Obama took control of an issue of special importance to Hispanics this election year. Obama announced illegal immigrants younger than 30 who are brought to the U.S. as children and who meet other standards will not be subject to deportation.

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Election 2012
3:04 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Big Political Donors Shy Away From Public Scrutiny

Charles Koch of Koch Industries speaks in 2007 about his book The Science of Success in Wichita, Kan.
Bo Rader MCT /Landov

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 10:19 am

Several dozen wealthy donors have taken advantage of this post-Citizens United world, writing seven-figure checks to political superPACs.

Yet it seems there's something wealthy donors weren't counting on when they wrote those checks — attracting attention, including from the political opposition and the media.

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Sweetness And Light
10:03 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Title IX At 40: What Has Changed, And What's Next

The adoption of Title IX has spurred growth in women's collegiate sports, including soccer. But a women's pro league has struggled, cutting its season short this year. Here, Notre Dame celebrates winning the NCAA College Cup in 2010.
Gerry Broome AP

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 8:08 am

Saturday is the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which, although almost nobody anticipated it then, resulted in women's gaining the right to participate in sports commensurate with their numbers attending college.

Title IX not only had a huge effect on women's participation in sports, but also, culturally, it influenced the way both men and women view the idea of women and athletics. It's mattered greatly in our American society.

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All Songs Considered Blog
9:39 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

A Perpetual Debate: Owning Music In The Digital Age

The discussion over music sharing and compensation has been taking place since long before digital downloads were available.
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Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 11:42 am

This past weekend's post from Emily White, our current All Songs Considered intern, provoked heated discussion about the current state and possible future of music consumption and creation. Emily's personal essay — as a young person who came of age after the moment when music became widely available digitally — was about the evolution of her views toward the music industry, artists and how to support them, as those issues relate to rapidly changing technology.

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Planet Money
8:24 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Episode 380: An Austerity Wedding

Katerina Margaritou, in her wedding dress.
Courtesy Katerina Margaritou

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 9:46 am

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Say you've messed up so badly that the only people who will offer you help want your pain and suffering in exchange. They want, to use a fashionable term, austerity. Do you have to accept it? What if that turns out that the pain and suffering is a 20-year detour detour into economic collapse?

On today's show, we hear from a Greek economist about the options open to the country. And we talk to a Greek couple that's getting married tomorrow. They're not sure how they're going to pay for the wedding.

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Recipes
7:50 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Chocolate Chai Sandwich Cookies

Reem Rizvi for NPR

For added decadence, dip the entire cookie into melted chocolate and let it set in the fridge in this Carla Hall recipe.

Makes about 2 dozen 1-inch sandwich cookies

Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Chai Ganache Filling

2 cups heavy cream

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Recipes
7:50 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Chocolate-Mint Tea Crinkle Cookies

Reem Rizvi for NPR

If you don't have mint tea, Earl Grey will do just fine. The bergamot, or hints of orange, with the chocolate is a comparable substitution for this recipe, says chef Carla Hall.

Makes about 2 dozen

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon premium mint tea or Earl Grey tea, finely ground

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

2 medium eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Recipes
7:49 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

Lemon Citrus 'Tea' Cookies

Reem Rizvi for NPR

If you can find it, there are commercial lemon teas with lemon grass, which goes beautifully with butter and a hint of sugar in Carla Hall's simple lemon shortbread. Lemon grass can be course like straw, however, so be sure to sift the dry ingredients through a fine mesh strainer a couple of times after combining them. You can substitute other lemon teas for this recipe as well.

Makes about 3 dozen 2-inch cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 teaspoons lemon herb or lemon ginger tea

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

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The Two-Way
7:47 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

LIVE: President Obama Holds A News Conference

President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the end of the G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government in Los Cabos, Mexico on Tuesday.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue June 19, 2012 8:33 pm

China and Russia are not aligned with the United States and the rest of the international community on the subject of Syria, President Obama said during a news conference following the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico.

"It's not fair to say that Russia and China are signed on," Obama said.

The president said he had "candid" conversations with the leaders of both countries, which have rejected calls for international intervention in Syria. Russia has been accused by the United States of propping up the regime of Bashar Assad.

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Kitchen Window
7:47 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

A Twist On Tea And Cookies

Reem Rizvi for NPR

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 7:43 am

As a child, I never appreciated the joy of tea. In fact, I never really had the chance, as my grandmother would say, "Children should not be drinking tea; it is not good for them." If it had been any other beverage, I would have fought with her, but I didn't care enough about tea. I did, however, outgrow that stage. I began to experiment with different teas and learn how to flavor tea with my real passion: spices.

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