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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Secret Service Releases Data On Accusations Against Its Personnel

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 3:44 pm

More than 200 pages worth of details about accusations made against Secret Service personnel since 2004 has been released. The accusations concern "claims of involvement with prostitutes, leaking sensitive information, publishing pornography, sexual assault, illegal wiretaps, improper use of weapons and drunken behavior," The Associated Press reports.

Important note: the list apparently deals with accusations, not confirmed cases of misconduct.

We'll pass along more about this as the story develops.

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TED Radio Hour
10:02 am
Fri June 15, 2012

What Does Nature Teach Us About Cities?

"We form cities in order to enhance interaction, to facilitate growth, wealth creation, ideas, innovation, but in so doing, we create, from a physicist's viewpoint, entropy..." β€” Geoffrey West
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Future of Cities.

About Geoffrey West's Talk

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TED Radio Hour
10:02 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Why Do The Suburbs Still Matter?

"The really important issue is that we design great public spaces, and it's one of the pieces that in general has been missing from suburbia." β€” Ellen Dunham-Jones
Courtesy TEDxAtlanta

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Future of Cities. Watch Ellen Dunham-Jones' full Talk -- Retrofitting Suburbia -- on TED.com.

About Ellen Dunham-Jones' Talk

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TED Radio Hour
10:02 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Why Are Squatter Cities The 'Cities Of Tomorrow'?

"To just assume that these places should be driven out of existence is not the answer." β€” Robert Neuwirth
Robert Leslie TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Future of Cities. Watch Robert Neuwirth's full Talk β€” Our Shadow Cities β€” on TED.com.

About Robert Neuwirth's Talk

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TED Radio Hour
10:02 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Is Density Our Destiny?

"Cities are the place where change happens. Not just for individuals, but for whole societies." β€” Stewart Brand
Robert Leslie TED

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The Salt
9:43 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Pigeon: Both Pest And Delicacy In Cairo And Beyond

Would you eat this guy?
detsang Flickr.com

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 11:41 am

This is the last bite of the food portion of NPR Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep's Revolutionary Road trip from Tunisia to Cairo, in which Steve arrives in Cairo and samples stuffed pigeon.

Dear Salt,

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The Two-Way
9:43 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Deportations Of Law-Abiding, Younger Illegal Immigrants To Stop

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 4:56 pm

The Obama administration announced today that it will stop deporting younger illegal immigrants who came to the country as children and have no criminal history.

"It is not immunity; it is not amnesty. It is an exercise of discretion," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said during a press briefing.

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Life in Berlin
9:42 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Germany Beats The Netherlands 2-1

German forward Mario Gomez, left, vies with Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong during the Euro 2012 football match Wednesday night. Mario Gomez scored two the two goals for Germany.
Patrick Stollarz AFP/Getty Images

German soccer fans were glued to their TV screens Wednesday night.

Hundreds of thousands gathered to watch the Euro Cup 2012 at the Brandenburger Tor, the biggest "Fanmeile" in Germany.

Other fans, like Betty Reichelt, prefered the cosy atmosphere of her neighborhood beer garden.

Reichelt says can't sit still whenever she watches the German team play.

"When I was a child, I played soccer. I was the goalkeeper like my father and my brother. Germany is the team with the best goalkeepers ever.

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The Two-Way
9:13 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Central Banks 'On Standby' As Greek Elections Loom

The European Central Bank "is on standby to keep banks flush with liquidity" if Greeks effectively vote on Sunday to support politicians who want to reject austerity measures and pull the nation out of the eurozone, The Financial Times writes this morning.

The ECB joins "a global chorus of central bankers pledging support ahead of Sunday's elections," the FT adds.

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It's All Politics
9:05 am
Fri June 15, 2012

It's #FollowFriday: Some Political Tweeters You May Not Already Follow

Twitter unveiled an updated logo (right) on June 6 as the trademark symbol for the fast-growing company.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 15, 2012 5:31 pm

Note: We've asked NPR journalists to share their top five (or so) political Twitter accounts, and we're featuring the series on #FollowFriday. Here are recommendations from Elise Hu (@elisewho), an NPR digital reporter who previously covered campaigns and statehouses in Texas, South Carolina and Missouri.

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