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5:23 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Ousted Egyptian Leader Mubarak Sentenced To Life In Prison

An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak sitting inside a cage in a courtroom during his verdict hearing in Cairo Saturday.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 7, 2012 3:47 pm

Hosni Mubarak received a life sentence from a court in Cairo today after being charged in connection with the killing of protesters during last year's uprising. The uprising pushed Mubarak to resign last year after nearly 30 years in power.

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Deceptive Cadence
2:03 am
Sat June 2, 2012

A (Very) Young Composer Gets His Chance At The New York Philharmonic

Very Young Composer Milo Poniewozik at the New York Philharmonic's School Day Concerts, where his piece was performed in front of more than 2,000 kids.
Michael DiVito New York Philharmonic

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:51 pm

What would it be like if you were 10 years old and composed a piece of music that was played by the New York Philharmonic? For a few New York City school kids, including one fifth-grader, it's a dream come true, thanks to the orchestra's Very Young Composers program.

Composer Jon Deak, who played bass with the New York Philharmonic for more than 40 years, says the idea for Very Young Composers came when he and conductor Marin Alsop visited an elementary school in Brooklyn several years ago.

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A Blog Supreme
7:59 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: June 1, 2012

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Other news from this past week:

  • Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, a cornerstone band for the New York Latin jazz community, are profiled briefly in the New York Daily News.
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It's All Politics
7:08 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

NPR Analysis: Crossroads GPS Funded Heavily By $1 Million-Plus Donations

Karl Rove, chief political adviser to former President George W. Bush, founded Crossroads GPS.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 10:47 am

Think "grass-roots politics," and what's the first thing that comes to mind?

How about two dozen multimillionaires with open checkbooks?

That's what an NPR analysis of annual IRS filings by Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies shows. Despite its name and the repeated use of the word "grassroots" in those documents, nearly 90 percent of the $77 million raised by the Karl Rove-founded group in its first 18 months came from donors who gave at least $1 million.

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Music Interviews
6:59 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Kelly Hogan: Cashing In An Album's Worth Of Favors

Kelly Hogan's new album is I Like to Keep Myself in Pain.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 2, 2012 11:01 am

"I started singing in bars when I was still in high school," says Kelly Hogan. "It's not the easiest thing to do if you like to eat something besides ramen noodles and have insurance."

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The Two-Way
6:54 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

The Same Scene Over And Over: A Syrian Describes Houla Massacre

The Houla massacre left more than 100 Syrians dead. Some of them were women. Most of them were children.

The Syrian President Bashar Assad has denied responsibility. But the United Nations has pinned the blame mostly on his government.

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A Blog Supreme
6:43 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Five DC Jazz Festival Artists Actually From The Washington, D.C. Area

Brian Settles, pictured here at Bohemian Caverns, performs with his own Central Union band and with drummer Lenny Robinson's Mad Curious trio at DC Jazz Festival.
Patrick Jarenwattananon NPR

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 5:57 pm

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The Two-Way
6:26 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Romney's Financial Disclosure Documents Detail Stock Sales

Today at about 4 p.m., Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney filed his public financial disclosure with the Federal Election Commission. The report outlines the former Massachusetts governor's assets and liabilities.

We'll embed a copy of the report at the bottom of this post and we'll add more details to this post as we work through them.

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Money & Politics
6:02 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Why Political Ads In 2012 May All Look Alike

Screen grabs of four separate ads from four different political groups critical of President Obama's handling of Solyndra, the failed solar-panel maker. Clockwise from top left, the ads are from: Americans for Prosperity, MittRomney.com, American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 6:48 pm

Among the biggest advertisers in the presidential campaign is a group that says it doesn't do political advertising: Crossroads GPS.

Crossroads GPS — which stands for Grassroots Policy Strategies — was co-founded by Republican strategist Karl Rove. It and others like it enable wealthy donors to finance attack ads while avoiding the public identification they would face if they gave to more overtly political committees.

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Law
5:32 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Feds Hit Breaks On So-Called 'Chinatown Buses'

Originally published on Mon June 4, 2012 1:03 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block. Interstate 95 stretches from Florida to Maine and runs through some of the nation's biggest cities: New York, Washington, Boston. Well, traveling up and down the 95 corridor may be a bit safer this weekend, though also a bit more expensive.

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