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8:51 am
Thu June 14, 2012

New Republic: A Win For Walker, A Loss For Liberals

Thousands of demonstrators protest against Gov. Scott Walker's elimination of collective bargaining rights outside the Wisconsin State Capitol March 12, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Despite the high number of protesters, union membership rates in the U.S. remain near all-time lows.
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Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 9:16 am

Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor at The New Republic.

Gov. Scott Walker's victory in the Wisconsin recall election probably doesn't tell us much about the state of the presidential campaign. But it probably tells us a lot about the state of American politics.

If you're a progressive or somebody suspicious of corporate power, the message is not good.

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Monkey See
8:50 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Morning Shots: Today In Awkward Apologies For Putting Heads On Pikes

If you're into the pastime of lamenting the state of publishing and bookstores, it's very important that you read this post from The Atlantic about the tiny number of bookstores that existed in the United States in 1931 and what that meant for publishing and reading. It's a great reminder. [The Atlantic]

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This Is NPR
8:45 am
Thu June 14, 2012

NPR In The News: Deborah Amos Reports from Syria

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 2:16 pm

NPR's Foreign Correspondent Deborah Amos is one of the few journalists on the ground inside Syria right now, reporting as the violence and mass killings continue in the country.

She joined CNN's Christiane Amanpour and PBS NewsHour host Ray Suarez by phone this week to report on the latest news:

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The Two-Way
8:36 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Egypt Braces As Court Says Former Mubarak Aide May Stay In Race

An Egyptian protester chants slogans as he holds a ripped poster of presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq outside the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo today.
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Originally published on Thu June 14, 2012 2:25 pm

Rulings by Egypt's highest court to dissolve the country's parliament and keep a former aide to Hosni Mubarak on the presidential runoff ballot have thrown that country's already shaky democracy into chaos.

Much is still unclear about what was happening.

NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson tells our Newscast Desk that:

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The Two-Way
7:43 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Russian Helicopters Heading To Syria May Not Be New

The attack helicopters heading to Syria from Russia likely aren't new purchases, The New York Times reports this morning.

Rather, they're "helicopters that Syria had sent to Russia a few months ago for routine repairs and refurbishing" that are now being returned, administration officials tell the Times.

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The Two-Way
7:12 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Fandemonium! Pitcher Cain Tosses Perfect Game And Giants Fans Go Nuts

Matt Cain: His no-no (a perfect game) is in the record books.
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Let's put the serious stuff aside for a moment to celebrate something fun.

San Francisco pitcher Matt Cain Wednesday night pitched the first perfect game in his team's 130-year history as the Giants beat the Houston Astros 10-0 in San Francisco.

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Critics' Lists: Summer 2012
7:03 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Sail Into Summer With Novel Picks From Alan Cheuse

Harriet Russell

Originally published on Wed June 20, 2012 6:23 pm

Head to the bookstore or pick up your Nook or Kindle or iPad, and prepare, if you will, to make some decisions about your summer reading life. My suggestions this year tend to be fine new fiction, the kind that not only flows on the page but also makes a sort of music in your mind. So, word music it is! Strike up the orchestra! It's going to be a big summer for big broad American literary voices, voices that leap from the page and linger with you, echo through your summer and perhaps even beyond.

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Book Reviews
7:03 am
Thu June 14, 2012

'Redshirts:' A Love Letter To Sci-Fi Fans

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Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 3:24 am

Science fiction is often a genre in conversation with itself; from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels to Galaxy Quest, from The Walking Dead to The Purple Rose of Cairo, it thrives on metatext and a love of details. It's a place inhabited by loyal, passionate fans who are nonetheless acutely aware of — and happy to question — the minutiae of what they love.

In fact, it's a show's biggest fans who are most likely to be watching a starship crew suit up for a mission and asking the screen, "All three top-ranking officers are going? Really?"

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Song Of The Day
7:03 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Trailer Trash Tracys: A Shoegazer's Dream

Trailer Trash Tracys.
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"Candy Girl," from Trailer Trash Tracys' debut album Ester, sounds like a shoegazer's modern take on Berlin's "Take My Breath Away" — the song that soundtracked the makeout scene in Top Gun. Both tracks share a similar pace and constant beating snare, but Trailer Trash Tracys' members diverge from the '80s hit by throwing in a ton of fuzz, reverb and depression. "It's 7 o'clock and my heartbeat stops, my candy girl," Suzanne Aztoria sings, her voice detached to the point where she seems sedated.

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