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Politics
7:40 am
Mon May 5, 2014

George HW Bush Receives JFK Profiles In Courage Award

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

The John F. Kennedy Library gave an award to the first President Bush. Kennedy wrote a book called "Profiles in Courage," about politicians who made unpopular decisions they believed to be right. George HW Bush now gets the Profiles in Courage Award. In 1990, he broke his own read-my-lips-no-new-taxes pledge and accepted higher taxes to cut the federal deficit. It may have caused Bush's job but for many reasons the deficit went down.

NPR Story
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Senate May Bypass White House And Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 7:40 am

The Senate is expected to vote soon on the controversial pipeline. Supporters introduced the bill after the White House put its approval process on hold indefinitely because of a legal dispute.

NPR Story
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Eyewire: A Computer Game to Map the Eye

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 2:22 pm

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Let's get an update, now, about something we heard a year ago in the series Joe's Big Idea. It's a computer game designed by a scientist to help map all the connections of nerve cells in the eye. Now, that scientist says the game is working, as we learn from NPR's Joe Palca.

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NPR Story
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Palestinian Perspective On Stalled Mideast Peace Talks

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 7:40 am

Steve Inskeep talks to chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. An Israeli diplomat told Morning Edition last week that a unity government between Fatah and Hamas is unacceptable.

NPR Story
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Overhaul Bill Criticized For Ending Affordable Housing Goals

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, D-S.D., (left) and ranking member Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, are proposing a major overhaul of the U.S. mortgage market.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 1:25 pm

There's a fight in Washington over the future of homeownership in America. At issue is a bipartisan bill to dramatically reshape the housing finance industry — the industry that was at the heart of the financial crisis. It's also an industry that's at the heart of the American dream — and the bill before Congress may affect who can afford to buy a house.

The Obama administration supports the bill. But civil rights groups and housing advocates say it would weaken rules that push banks to lend to low- and moderate-income homebuyers.

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Business
5:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Buffett Defends Coke Position At Berkshire Hathaway Meeting

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 9:29 am

Warren Buffett is under fire for not opposing Coca-Cola's executive compensation plan more aggressively. Buffett spoke about his decision at a shareholder meeting for his company Berkshire Hathaway.

Europe
7:46 am
Fri May 2, 2014

NATO: Russia Uses Shadow Soldiers In Eastern Ukraine

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:38 am

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This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Good morning. We'll talk now with the commander of NATO forces, the supreme allied commander in Europe. General Philip Breedlove has been watching Russia as it took over part of Ukraine and has massed troops near another part, Eastern Ukraine. He joins us on the line now. General, welcome to the program.

GENERAL PHILIP BREEDLOVE: Good morning. Thanks for having me aboard.

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Around the Nation
7:15 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Ohio Teenager Takes His Great-Grandmother To Prom

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:38 am

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Around the Nation
7:10 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Squirrel Selfie Doesn't End So Well

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:38 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep.

Next time you think of photographing a squirrel, remember it doesn't know how to say no pictures. A teenager was in Tampa looking at colleges and spotted a squirrel. He took a selfie, himself with the squirrel. The camera flash scared the animal which leaped into a place to hide - inside the young man's shirt. It clutched his back. The teen threw himself on the ground. The squirrel ran off, possibly shaking its head about paparazzi.

NPR Story
5:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Quiet Zone Shuns Cell Service, Wi-Fi

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:38 am

The National Radio Quiet Zone is a 13,000-square-miles area in West Virginia where cell phones and WI-FI are banned. (This piece originally aired Oct. 8, 2013 on Morning Edition.)

The Salt
5:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Agribusiness Funds 'Farmland' To Counter Hollywood Message

David Loberg's family farm in Carroll, Neb., is featured in the film Farmland.
Don Holtz Ketchum

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:38 am

The movie Farmland opened in theaters Thursday. It's the latest in a string of documentaries about agriculture, like Food Inc. and King Corn.

But while the latter two films made damning accusations about the environmental and human costs of modern agribusiness, this documentary was funded by agribusiness. It tells a very different story.

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NPR Story
5:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Crisis In Eastern Ukraine Takes A Deadly Turn

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:38 am

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It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne. The crisis in eastern Ukraine took a deadly turn this morning. Pro-Russian gunmen in the town of Slovyansk have shot down at least two Ukrainian helicopters. Two Ukrainian troops are believed to have been killed when those helicopters crashed. The Ukrainian government also says that it has captured 10 pro-Russian checkpoints on the outskirts of Slovyansk and that it's surrounded the city.

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NPR Story
5:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

General Motors Returns To Federal Bankruptcy Court

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 11:38 am

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NPR's business news starts with General Motors back in court.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: GM returns to federal bankruptcy court this morning. You will recall that company filed for bankruptcy back in 2009 and they are now asking a judge to enforce one of the provisions of that bankruptcy deal. The provision protects GM from lawsuits over automobile accidents that occurred before that time.

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Asia
7:35 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Beijing Bans Outdoor Grills

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. Grilling season is coming up, but not in smoggy Beijing. The city has banned smoky outdoor grills in a fight against its notorious pollution. Beijing's popular kebab vendors will be forced to move inside. Critics there say it's a smokescreen to distract from coal mines and cars turning out far more pollution.

One Chinese official was scorned last fall for saying stir fry was a significant source of pollution. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Around the Nation
7:14 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Hoppertunity To Run In Kentucky Derby

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:35 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

The Kentucky Derby comes Saturday, and the announcer almost had a problem. Trainer Bob Baffert could have had a nameless horse. He hated the horse's name, Anyway U Way. You can't run a nameless horse in the Derby. Just imagine that announcer: And down the stretch they come, in the lead is - luckily, the trainer knew the Hoppers, a couple trying to have a baby. To encourage them, he named the horse Hoppertunity.

It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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