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10:58 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Patrick Watson: Tiny Desk Concert

Michael Katzif NPR

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 1:31 pm

Patrick Watson has a lovely, flexible voice and a gift for wringing evocative sounds out of everything from vintage keyboards to bicycle chains, but his real gift lies in his ability to maximize beauty at all times; to guide every noise in such a way that it coheres into something dramatic and graceful. When the Polaris Prize winner performs, he seems almost hypnotized by the sounds around him, yet every second and every unlikely component seems plotted to maximize its impact.

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Middle East
10:37 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Preaching Nonviolence, Syrian Activist Heads Home

Sheik Jawdat Said, 81, has been urging nonviolent protest in Syria for decades, and has been arrested many times. A scholar and an activist, shown here speaking at American University in Washington in March, he is heading back to Syria this week and plans to resume his call for peaceful opposition to the government.
Jeff Watts American University

Syria's foremost proponent of nonviolent protest says he's returning to Damascus this week and will keep delivering his long-standing message despite the country's worsening bloodshed.

Sheik Jawdat Said is an 81-year-old Islamic scholar whose books and teachings helped inspire young Syrian activists to challenge the regime in peaceful protests last year.

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Opinion
10:34 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Weekly Standard: Obama's Syria Policy? Ask Putin

Actors wearing masks of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin perform with body bags during a demonstration outside United Nations headquarters on January 24, 2011 in New York City. Protesters called on the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution to attempt to halt Assad's crackdown on the Syrian uprising.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Lee Smith is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard.

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The Two-Way
10:30 am
Thu May 31, 2012

'We Could See This Coming,' Brother Says Of Man ID'd In Seattle Killings

This frame grab from a security camera, released by the Seattle Police Department, shows a man identified by his brother as Ian Stawicki after Wednesday's shooting at Cafe Racer.
Seattle Police Department AFP/Getty Images

The man who reportedly shot and killed five people Wednesday in Seattle, before taking his own life, changed about five years ago into a mentally ill individual who was "really angry toward everything," his brother tells The Seattle Times.

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Opinion
10:17 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Foreign Policy: It's Time To Talk To Iran About Syria

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) and Elysee's diplomatic adviser for U.S. Damien Loras (2ndR) take part in a video conference with President Barack Obama (on screen) focused on Syria, Iran and Afghanistan situations, at the Elysee palace on April 12, 2012 in Paris.
Eric Feferberg AFP/GettyImages

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 10:34 am

Rand Slim is an adjunct research fellow at the New America Foundation and a scholar at the Middle East Institute.

The massacre in Houla, where Syrian military forces and allied militiamen massacred more than 100 civilians in cold blood, leaves no doubt about the intentions of President Bashar Assad's regime: survival at any cost and through any means. Assad does not have a Plan B.

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Music
10:08 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Back To The Future: Six Songs That Travel In Time

Alex Anwandter's "Como Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo" pays homage to the film Paris Is Burning.
courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 2:23 pm

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Opinion
9:01 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Weekly Standard: Obama's Phantom Tax Breaks

President Barack Obama waves after speaking at the TPI Composites, a wind blade manufacturer, in Newton, Iowa, on May 24, 2012.
Jewel Samad AFP/GettyImages

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 11:40 am

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard.

In his State of the Union speech in 2011, President Obama referred to "small business" five times and alluded to it seven more. Progress in America is measured, he said, "by the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise." In this year's address, the mentions were down to three.

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Opinion
9:00 am
Thu May 31, 2012

New Republic: Mitt Romney Fibs On The Economy

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at Somers Furniture on May 29, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 11:40 am

Jonathan Cohn is a senior editor at The New Republic.

Looks like the Mitt Romney campaign has found yet another way to manipulate the truth. This time it's about how his record as a job creator compares to President Obama's.

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Monkey See
8:58 am
Thu May 31, 2012

It's The Day Of The National Spelling Bee Finals, A.K.A. Know-Nothing Thursday!

Kitty Shortt spells a word correctly during the third round of the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee yesterday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 11:39 am

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is down to the 50 semifinalists. Today at 10:00 Eastern, they'll compete in the semifinals (broadcast on ESPN2), and then tonight at 8:00, they'll hold the finals (broadcast on ESPN). You can also follow an online streaming version at ESPN online, but to be honest, it's an extremely cumbersome process that I haven't yet gotten to work for me.

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Planet Money
8:48 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Is Art A Good Investment?

A bargain?
Mario Tama Getty Images

This week in the New York Times Magazine, Adam Davidson looks at what's driving art prices higher and higher. The trend raises a simple question: Is art a good investment?

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