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The Two-Way
10:09 am
Thu November 8, 2012

7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Kills At Least 52 In Guatemala

A relative mourns the ten members of the Vasquez family who died in the earthquake in the San Cristobal Cuchu municipality in San Marcos, Guatemala.
Johan Ordonez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 12:50 pm

Guatemalans are picking up the pieces of a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the country's Pacific coast on Wednesday.

According to Guatemala's Prensa Libre, the temblor left 52 dead and 22 others are missing.

The BBC reports that this is the strongest quake to hit the country since 1976.

The BBC adds:

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Politics
7:21 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Republicans Hope To Still Have Impact Despite Losing Oregon House

Republican Bruce Hanna had a shar of the gavel but Democrat Tina Kotek will likely take over as Oregon House speaker. Photos via Oregon Legislature

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:17 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Republicans in the Oregon House will be in the minority after this week’s election. A historic 30-30 split in the chamber has ended with Democratic wins Tuesday night in key districts. But Republicans say they hope the recent bipartisanship will carry over into the next legislative session.

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NPR Science
6:48 am
Thu November 8, 2012

The Beatles' Surprising Contribution To Brain Science

The Beatles rehearse for that night's Royal Variety Performance at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1963.
Central/Hulton Achive/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 8:18 am

The same brain system that controls our muscles also helps us remember music, scientists say.

When we listen to a new musical phrase, it is the brain's motor system — not areas involved in hearing — that helps us remember what we've heard, researchers reported at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans last month.

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2012 Elections
3:41 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Inslee organizes transition Wash. governor team despite continued vote counting

Democrat Jay Inslee said he’s forming a transition team. Photo by Debra Wang

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:13 pm

The race for Washington governor remains too close to call. But Democrat Jay Inslee said Wednesday he’s already forming a transition team to prepare to take office. The former congressman leads Republican attorney general Rob McKenna 51 percent to 49 percent.

In a Seattle press conference, Inslee acknowledged ballots are still being counted. But he said he’s confident enough to begin the transition process.

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2012 Elections
3:30 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

How to cope if your candidate lost

Beth Beene cries as Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., gives his concession speech after losing the 2004 presidential election.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:39 pm

You swore your allegiance. You voted. Perhaps you even volunteered your time. But your candidate just lost. What do you do now?

Some psychologists say you can look to the coping tactics of die-hard sports fans, who generally have to deal with defeat more than once every four years.

Play the blame game: You can blame the defeat on someone or something other than your candidate, says Tufts University associate professor of psychology Sam Sommers. In sports, you can blame factors like weather, an injury, or — most often — the referees.

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2012 Elections
1:15 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Scenes Of Celebration At The White House

The scene outside the White House Wednesday after President Obama's re-election.
Mladen Antonov AFP/ Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:15 am

Supporters of President Obama partied outside the White House on Wednesday morning, chanting "Four More Years!" and "U-S-A!" — and singing off-tune renditions of The Star-Spangled Banner.

"I knew I'd be coming here. I just didn't know whether I'd be coming to protest or to celebrate," said AnaLysa Sawyers, 38, a teacher from Maryland.

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NPR politics
1:03 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

America's big backyard pot business

A documentary project takes a peek behind the scenes of marijuana production.
H. Lee

Originally published on Fri November 9, 2012 8:49 am

"You're driving up from redwood country, in the most beautiful park in America ... and when it's not on your radar, you have no idea it exists," says photographer H. Lee — referring to the marijuana industry that has proliferated, though unofficially, in that region of Northern California.

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The Salt
10:29 am
Wed November 7, 2012

California Rejects Labeling Of Genetically Modified Food; Supporters Vow To Fight On

Supporters of genetically modified food labeling rally last month at Los Angeles City Hall.
cheeseslave Flickr.com

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 10:14 am

What a difference $46 million in TV ad spending can make.

At least that was the consensus in the wee hours of the morning at the Yes on Proposition 37 party, held at a performance art space in San Francisco's Mission District, even before the final votes were tallied.

Outspent many times over, "we couldn't get up on the air," organizer Stacy Malkan told The Salt when it appeared the measure was going down. "You need a certain saturation to have an impact."

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2012 elections
11:53 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Audio and transcript: Obama's victory speech

President Obama speaks at his election night party Wednesday in Chicago after defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
M. Spencer Green AP

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 12:35 pm

Transcript of President Obama's victory speech in Chicago. Source: Federal News Service

Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.

(Cheers, applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBERS: (Chanting.) Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

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Election 2012
10:45 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Audio And Transcript: Romney's Concession Speech

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney concedes the presidential election at a campaign event in Boston.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:50 am

Transcript of Mitt Romney's concession speech in the presidential race in Boston. Source: Federal News Service

Editor's Note: NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future.

(Cheers, applause.)

MITT ROMNEY: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, my friends. Thank you so very much. Thank you. (Cheers, applause.) Thank you. Thank you.

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It's All Politics
8:39 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Obama's Win Powered By Organization, If Not Ideas

Martha Nunez, 53, of the Bronx, reacts to President Obama's victory Tuesday.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 8:54 pm

The euphoria of Barack Obama's supporters on election night four years ago was replaced Tuesday by relief, as the incumbent president won a second term over Republican Mitt Romney in an effort powered more by organization than by ideas.

To retain the White House, Obama managed to overcome the handicap of an economy just finding its footing after a devastating recession, and an unemployment rate higher than it's been under any president seeking re-election since Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression.

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It's All Politics
8:39 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Republicans Keep The House; Democrats To Retain Senate

Democrat Elizabeth Warren takes the stage after defeating incumbent GOP Sen. Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race on Tuesday.
Michael Dwyer AP

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 3:45 am

Republicans have easily maintained their hold on the House, while missteps from Tea Party favorites helped Democrats retain a majority in the Senate.

That means the two chambers of Congress remain deeply divided, with prospects for agreement on such big-ticket items as deficits, tax rates and climate change unclear.

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It's All Politics
7:41 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Black Voters Turned Out For Obama

African-American turnout and enthusiasm for Obama are matching levels seen four years ago. Above, voters wait in a long line in Detroit, Mich., on Tuesday.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 1:29 am

Despite some pre-election speculation that enthusiasm might have dampened for President Obama among African-Americans, this key constituency is turning out in force.

The black share of the electorate nationwide thus far is 13 percent — matching the record level seen in 2008, according to exit polls. African-American turnout in Ohio is higher than it was four years ago.

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It's All Politics
7:04 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Heavy Turnout, Confusion Over Voter ID Causes Some Issues

Voters stand in line as they prepare to cast their votes in Hialeah, Fla., on Tuesday.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 7:24 pm

Ever since the surreal presidential election of 2000, voter access on Election Day has come under increased scrutiny. Tuesday was no different, with heavy turnout and confusion over new laws causing some issues.

But even in battleground states, there were few reports of major problems by late evening.

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It's All Politics
5:48 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

A Possible Sweep For Gay Marriage Measures

Maine voters overturned a gay marriage law through a citizens' veto in 2009. Maine voted again on the issue today, thanks to an initiative put on the ballot by voter petition. Above, gay marriage supporters gather at a rally outside of City Hall in Portland on Sept. 10.
Joel Page AP

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 12:55 pm

For the first time, voters have approved gay marriage rights. Three years after they rejected a similar measure, Maine voters have approved a gay-marriage initiative.

Maryland voters also approved a gay marriage measure Tuesday, upholding a law that had been enacted by the state legislature in March. A gay marriage proposal was also leading in Washington State, while a ban on same-sex marriage in Minnesota was defeated.

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