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4:24 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

3 Lessons From Obama's Failed Justice Department Nomination

The specter of failure is often enough to get the White House and Senate leaders to punt on a nomination. But not in the case of Debo Adegbile.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 5:13 am

Now that the smoke has cleared from Debo Adegbile's failed nomination Wednesday to head the Justice Department's civil rights division, there are some lessons to draw from that Democratic debacle.

Why was it a disaster? Seven Democrats defected from their party to vote against Obama's nominee. The nomination had been opposed by police groups because of Adegbile's indirect role in the appeals process for Mumia Abu Jamal, a death-row inmate convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981.

Here are three things we learned from the vote.

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It's All Politics
3:55 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Top Conservative Event Opens With Big Names, Red Meat And Fun

CPAC attendees vote Thursday in the event's annual presidential straw poll.
Liz Halloran NPR

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 5:25 am

Star Wars storm troopers in full regalia protesting "oppressive economic policies."

A smiling, larger-than life Sarah Palin touting her latest cable television show, Amazing America.

Uncle Sam on stilts. Quadrennial pretend presidential candidate Donald Trump. A slew of legitimate White House hopefuls.

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History
2:23 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

How Bad Directions (And A Sandwich) Started World War I

This illustration from an Italian newspaper depicts Gavrilo Princip killing Archduke Francis Ferdinand on June 28, 1914.
Achille Beltrame Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 1:41 pm

This is part of an All Things Considered series that imagines a counterfactual history of World War I.

World War I began 100 years ago this summer. It's a centennial that goes beyond mere remembrance; the consequences of that conflict are making headlines to this day.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Potential 2016 GOP Nominees Speak At CPAC

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 1:58 pm

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference gathering begins in Maryland today. The conference will run through Saturday and feature some of the most prominent members of the Republican Party, including Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin and Donald Trump.

Many of these key contenders are expected to speak during the convention; however one highly anticipated event is Saturday’s straw poll, in which attendees can choose their preferred candidate for the GOP 2016 nomination.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Researchers Say Super Bowl Sex Trafficking Included Minors

The Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos play in Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 1:58 pm

The first comprehensive research on sex trafficking at the Super Bowl is being released today by researchers in Arizona, where the Super Bowl will be held next year.

They analyzed and placed online sex ads, identifying nearly 2,000 potential sex trafficking victims, including 84 children in New Jersey and Arizona, during the 10 days before and after this year’s Super Bowl.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Colorado Introduces 'Drive High, Get A DUI' Ads

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 1:58 pm

Today the Colorado Department of Transportation will unveil its new ad campaign to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel while under the influence of marijuana.

The “Drive High, Get a DUI,” campaign will incorporate television ads, YouTube pre-roll ads, posters in marijuana dispensaries and FAQ literature at rental car dealerships and community organizations.

Law enforcement officers have received training on how to identify a “high” driver as part of the Drug Recognition Experts.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Neil deGrasse Tyson's 'Cosmos'

Neil deGrasse Tyson attends the premiere of Fox's 'Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey' on March 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 1:58 pm

On Sunday, Americans will have a chance to do something they haven’t done for more than 30 years: travel through the universe on TV through a show called “Cosmos.”

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is hosting the remake of Carl Sagan’s classic science TV series. While Sagan’s series was produced and aired by PBS, Tyson’s show will premier on Fox.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

U.S. Partisans Blame Political Opponents For Crisis In Ukraine

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 1:58 pm

Republicans and Democrats are at odds over who in the U.S. is to blame for the crisis in Ukraine.

While many on the right maintain that Russia’s invasion is the result of President Obama’s weak foreign policy, others on the left argue that former President George W. Bush set a precedent for the attack by invading Iraq.

Additionally, many across party lines accuse the intelligence community for failing to anticipate that Russia would send troops to the Crimean Peninsula.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Are Parents Obligated to Pay For College?

High school senior Rachel Canning, 18, appears in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, N.J., Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Canning is suing her parents for financial support and college tuition after she claims they threw her out of the home. (Bob Karp/Daily Record via AP)

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 1:58 pm

The case of a New Jersey high school senior who is suing her parents over payment for her education, is raising questions about parental obligations and higher education.

Rachel Canning of Lincoln Park, New Jersey, claims that her parents threw her out of the house when she turned 18. Her parents say she left on her own and wasn’t following their rules.

Most schools consider it the family’s responsibility to pay for school and provide financial assistance only when the family can’t afford to pay.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Soda Can Solar Furnace Helps Cut Heating Bills

Metro State University students designed an inexpensive solar furnace to help heat homes in Denver's low-income Westwood neighborhood. (Jessica Taves/Metro State University)

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 1:58 pm

When residents of Westwood, a low-income neighborhood in Denver, were asked what would help them the most, the answer was simple: Help us lower our utility bills.

Engineering students at Metro State University took up that challenge. They designed a furnace that uses recycled materials, is solar powered and costs less than $50 to build — and pennies a day to run.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Jenny Brundin of Colorado Public Radio found out how the design is working.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Historian: Pay More Attention To The Midwest

Shoulder-high stalks are seen in a corn field July 5, 2006 in Prairie View, Illinois. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 1:58 pm

I’m happy to live in Boston and have been for the last 16 years. But I must admit I miss the Midwest. I came here from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, which is also where Here & Now co-host Jeremy Hobson grew up. In fact I worked with Jeremy’s high school class on a documentary when I was at the public radio station there, WILL.

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NPR Story
2:04 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Facebook, Instagram Regulate Gun Sales

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 1:58 pm

Facebook has announced that it will regulate gun sales on its social networking site and on its photo sharing app Instagram.

The company was under pressure from gun control and law enforcement groups to crack down on private sales of guns on the sites, claiming they may be sold to minors and bypass background checks.

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Parallels
2:04 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Sao Paulo Residents Again Fill The Streets, This Time To Celebrate

Revelers participate in a block street carnival on Sunday in downtown Sao Paulo.
Victor Moriyama Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 10:48 am

This Carnival season, residents of Sao Paulo are taking to the streets in unprecedented numbers, but unlike the massive demonstrations that swept the city last summer, it's to party and not to protest.

Rio de Janeiro is well known as the queen of Carnival for its lavish parades broadcast live from the Sambadrome. Sao Paulo is the biggest city in South America and the economic engine of Brazil, but it's not known for its bacchanalian abandon.

In fact, it was the epicenter violent demonstrations over Brazil's plans to host the World Cup this summer and the Olympics in 2016.

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Planet Money
2:03 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Does Raising The Minimum Wage Kill Jobs?

Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 6, 2014 4:50 pm

President Obama has called for increasing the minimum wage, saying it will help some of the poorest Americans. Opponents argue that a higher minimum wage will lead employers to cut jobs.

Figuring out the effect of raising the minimum wage is tough. Ideally you'd like to compare one universe where the minimum was raised against an alternate universe where it remained fixed.

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NPR Story
1:58 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

BatKid's Oscars Appearance Canceled

We all remember the story of 5-year-old Miles Scott, who is in remission from leukemia. Back in November, Here & Now spoke to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in San Francisco, which organized the entire city to help grant Miles’ wish to be BatKid for a day.

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