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4:33 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Watching Big Brother: Privacy Board Delayed

Homeland Security analysts watch for threats to U.S. technological infrastructure at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.
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Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 8:45 pm

Congress is considering legislation allowing the government to search through Internet traffic for early warnings of cyberattacks. The bills are controversial — worries about government surveillance have led to protests online.

The government does have a tool that could calm fears about this kind of legislation — it just doesn't use it.

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Politics
4:32 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Talk Of Union Rights Fades In Wis. Recall Election

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 8:45 pm

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There's just a week to go before Wisconsin holds a recall election for governor, only the third in U.S. history. Republican incumbent Scott Walker faces Democrat Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee. And while Democrats forced this election, it's Barrett who finds himself playing catch-up. Wisconsin public radio's Shawn Johnson has the story.

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World
4:31 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

11 Nations Expel Syrian Diplomats After Massacre

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 8:45 pm

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And I'm Melissa Block. Western nations are ratcheting up pressure on Syria today. That's after a massacre this weekend that's being blamed on the Syrian government. The U.S. and at least 10 other nations are expelling senior Syrian diplomats from their capitals and reiterating their calls for President Bashar al-Assad to relinquish power. NPR's Jackie Northam begins our coverage.

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Law
4:30 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Lawyers, Not Victims, Making Most In Madoff Cleanup

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 8:45 pm

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You may recall that after Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff was found out, the Securities Investor Protection Corporation hired lawyer Irving Picard to be the bankruptcy trustee, to recover what he could for Madoff's victims. And for the past four years, Mr. Picard has been doing that. Not surprisingly, he and others involved in the recovery effort have been charging fees.

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It's All Politics
4:26 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Fueled By Outside Money, Ad Blitz Hasn't Stopped For Weary Iowans

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 8:45 pm

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Deceptive Cadence
4:24 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Britten's War Requiem: 50 Years On, Still As Harrowing As Ever

Coventry Cathedral in ruins, November 1940. Britten's War Requiem was written for the church's reconsecration more than 20 years after it was destroyed by Nazi bombers.
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There are two war-related anniversaries this week that make today's album review all the more timely. Yesterday was Memorial Day here in the U.S.; tomorrow, May 30, marks 50 years since the world premiere of English composer Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at Coventry Cathedral. The War Requiem was commissioned for the cathedral's reconsecration after it had been destroyed by a Nazi bombing raid in 1940.

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American Dreams: Then And Now
4:22 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

On The Economic Ladder, Rungs Move Further Apart

Kevin Hill, a San Diego landscape designer, was doing well financially before the downturn. Now, he says he feels "lost."
John Ydstie NPR

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 8:45 pm

America is the land of opportunity — that's the bedrock of the American dream. Many expect each generation to do better than the last.

That dream of economic mobility is alive and well for Pam Krank and her husband, Brian McGee. The two are proud owners of The Credit Department Inc., a successful business in the Minneapolis suburb of Mendota Heights.

"Mostly manufacturing companies around the world will hire us to study their customers and tell them how much ... unsecured credit they should grant to each customer," Krank explains.

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It's All Politics
4:03 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Even After Texas Primary, Romney Will Remain The 'Presumptive' Nominee

Mitt Romney campaigns Tuesday in Craig, Colo.
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Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 4:32 pm

At the moment the polls close in Texas Tuesday evening, most media outlets and very likely even the Mitt Romney campaign will declare that he has secured enough delegates to win the Republican nomination for president.

For what it's worth, there are two problems with that statement. First, as a practical matter, Romney actually won the Republican nomination when the other candidates competing for delegates in the primaries and caucuses stopped doing so. That was weeks ago.

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PG-13: Risky Reads
4:00 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

'I Am The Cheese': A Nightmarish Nail-Biter

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Random House

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 8:45 pm

Ben Marcus is the author of The Flame Alphabet.

I Am the Cheese opens with Adam Farmer riding his bike. He carries a package for his father and needs to get it to him fast. So far, it's a perfectly harmless adventure story.

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The Two-Way
3:34 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

Bob Dylan, Toni Morrison Among Those To Be Honored With Medal Of Freedom

President Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to author Toni Morrisson during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 29, 2012 4:26 pm

Saying that each one of the recipients has touched countless lives, President Obama presented 13 Presidential Medals of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House today.

All of the people on the stage, Obama said, "are my heroes individually." He said that if it were not for John Doar, the Justice Department official who personally escorted University of Mississippi's first black student to campus, he would not be president.

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