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Syria Crisis
3:28 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Kerry: There Must Be Accountability For The Use Of Chemical Weapons In Syria

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the State Department in Washington today about the situation in Syria.
AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Secretary of State John Kerry gave a rare and pointed speech in which he sent a clear message to the Syrian regime of Bashar Assad that the use of chemical weapons defied "any code of morality."

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State Politics
11:43 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Susan Hutchison Named New Chairwoman Of Wash. State GOP

Susan Hutchison, State Republican Party Chairwoman.
Credit Flickr Photo/jseattle

Former Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur surprised many of his colleagues when he resigned close to a month ago. Wilbur went to work for Young America’s Foundation, a conservative organization with a mission to train young people for jobs in the media.

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Chemical Weapons Inspection
8:07 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Syria Crisis: UN Inspectors' Convoy 'Hit By Sniper Fire'

AP Photo/STR

Unidentified snipers have opened fire on a convoy of UN experts investigating suspected chemical weapons attacks in Syria's capital, the UN has said.

One car was shot at "multiple times", forcing the convoy to turn back.

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Military Options Discussed
3:57 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Talk Of Strike On Syria Moves From 'Will It Happen?' To When

Ammunition was stacked up Saturday in an area near Damascus that is controlled by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.
Khaled al-Hariri Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 4:06 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': Aaron David Miller speaks with Renee Montagne about the situation in Syria
  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Larry Abramson talks with David Greene about the military options

With U.S. officials saying there's little doubt that President Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons on the Syrian people last week, and with U.S. Navy ships moving toward that country's coast, it now seems to be a question of "when" not "whether" America will strike military targets inside that nation.

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Staff Sgt Ty Carter
11:53 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

Pain, Loss And Tears Come With Medal Of Honor

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter near Dahla Dam, Afghanistan in July 2012.
Ho/AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 1:04 pm

Update at 3:14 p.m. ET. Carter Receives Medal Of Honor:

Saying he represented "the essence of true heroism," President Obama presented Army Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter with the nation's highest military honors, this afternoon.

"As these soldiers and families will tell you, they're a family forged in battle, and loss, and love," Obama said, according to the AP.

Our Original Post Continues:

The Army staff sergeant who Monday afternoon will receive the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony has mixed emotions.

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Your Take On The News
1:28 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Ballmer Exits MSFT, Businesses Go Gun-Free, And Russell Wilson Hits GQ

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week’s news with Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and Knute Berger. Steve Ballmer says he's stepping down. What lies ahead for Microsoft? Washington Ceasefire and Mayor Mike McGinn ask Seattle businesses to go gun-free. Will it work? Plus: arena backer Chris Hansen fesses up to an awkward political donation, state Republicans get ready to pick a new party chair and the debate over a $15-an-hour minimum wage picks up steam.

We talk about those stories and more with our panel of journalists. What stories were you following this week? What wasn’t covered enough? What’s your take on the news?

Early Learning
10:46 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Seattle City Council To Consider Universal Preschool Proposal

Preschool students at the UW West Campus Children's Center.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

The city of Seattle would create a plan to let all children attend preschool for free or on a sliding scale under a resolution proposed by City Councilman Tim Burgess.

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Feature Interviews
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Hometown Heroes: The Conversation Talks To Notable Washingtonians

Dan Savage is a sex columnist, author and LBTQ advocate.
Wikimedia

Located in the best city in the best state, The Conversation has a lot of pride in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve got the best apples, planes, music, and yoga paddle board classes in the country.  This hour, we hear from Washingtonians who are making news and bringing fame to the Evergreen State.

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Economics
6:00 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: The Conversation Talks Economics

Paul Krugman
Center for American Progress

We discuss the economy a lot on The Conversation. From the effects of the recession to financial planning, money is always in the news. Today, we rebroadcast some of our best interviews with economists and financial reporters, including a talk with Paul Krugman in front of a live studio audience.

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WikiLeaks Case
5:27 am
Wed August 21, 2013

35-Year Sentence For Bradley Manning

U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning at Fort Meade, Md., on Tuesday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 21, 2013 11:31 am

Update at 10:18 a.m. ET. 35 Years:

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, was sentenced by a military judge to 35 years in prison Wednesday, according to reporters covering the trial at Fort Meade, Md. He'll get about 3 1/2 years' credit for time he's already spent behind bars.

More details (added at 10:30 a.m. ET):

-- Manning is also to be dishonorably discharged.

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Market Regulation
8:58 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

With Pot Legal In Washington, Will Buyers Stay Underground?

Seattle law enforcement's mellow attitude toward pot was on display at this year's annual Hempfest, where the cops were at the gate — handing out bags of Doritos.
Martin Kaste NPR

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 6:25 pm

In Washington state, regulators are putting the finishing touches on rules for the new state-sanctioned recreational marijuana market. And the man hired to help shape those rules is raising a warning to local law enforcement: toughen up on the black market.

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Gun Laws
11:56 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

One By One, California Agents Track Down Illegally Owned Guns

Firearms seized during a sweep by the Los Angeles Police Department using the California's Armed Prohibited Persons System initiative. The program uses a database to identify gun owners who are no longer allowed to possess a firearm.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 5:57 am

In California, officials are ramping up a unique program that identifies and seizes guns from people who are prohibited from keeping them. Under state law, a legally registered gun owner loses the right to own a firearm when he or she is convicted of a crime or becomes mentally ill.

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Genetic Engineering
5:51 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

GMO Labeling Backers Outspend Foes In Washington

The busy labels of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Correction 8/22/13: A previous version of this story contained errors. It overstated the contributions received by the Yes on 522 campaign and the share of donations received from Washington state. The Yes campaign has amassed $3.5 (not 3.9) million, with 79 (not 71) percent of the funds coming from out of state. The nonprofit MapLight, based in Berkeley, Calif., informed us on Aug. 21 that it had double-counted some contributions, which led to the errors.

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Parking Problems
5:33 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Cycle Track Plan Worries Business Owners In Ravenna

A cycle track puts a physical barrier between bicyclists and car traffic.
Flickr Photo/Jean-Pierre Chamberland

Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan includes a proposal for a bike lane on NE 65th Street. The bike lane would be a cycle track, which is a protected lane for bikes. Usually such lanes take away some parking.

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Hydropower
10:07 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Taking Back Power: Tribes Vie For Control Of Hydro Dams

Bill Barrett, Wikimedia. A view of Kerr Dam with the gates at full open in June 2011.

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 2:53 pm

The Northwest hydropower system is full of dams that were built over the strenuous objections of Native American tribes. Now, two of these old projects are changing ownership -- one in Western Montana and another in central Oregon.

And it’s the tribes that were once powerless to stop them that are becoming the new managers.

The Kerr Dam went up on the Flathead Indian Reservation in the 1930s. It’s north of Missoula. Homesteaders and farmers used it for irrigation and it still generates electricity to this day.

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