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9:46 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Obama's Military Tactics: Risky Missions, Elite Units

President Obama has called on small, elite military units to carry out several risky operations in the past year, like the hostage rescue this week in Somalia. Here, Navy SEALs are shown during a training exercise at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.
John Scorza U.S. Navy

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 11:51 am

President Obama has authorized several risky military missions in the past year and can claim major successes: the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan; the airstrike that killed terrorism suspect Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen; and the ongoing drone strikes in Pakistan.

The latest operation, a hostage rescue in Somalia carried out by Navy SEALs, is part of a pattern established by a commander in chief who has shown a clear preference for limited, small-scale military action.

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Opinion
9:39 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Foreign policy: The old guns and butter routine

Turkish army generals, including the acting chief of staff General Necdet Ozel, take part in the Victory Day celebrations, marking the 89th anniversary of Turkey's Independance War in Ankara on Aug. 30, 2011. Turkey's military has historically held significant sway in the country.
Adem Atlan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 9:01 am

Christian Caryl, a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute and a contributing editor of Foreign Policy, is the editor of Democracy Lab.

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The Two-Way
7:35 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Dick Tufeld, voice of the robot in 'Lost In Space,' has died

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 3:40 pm

The man who made "danger, Will Robinson!" a phrase that some of us will never forget has died.

Dick Tufeld, the voice of the robot in the classic '60s TV show Lost in Space, passed away Sunday in Los Angeles, The Associated Press reports. He was 85.

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Shots - Health Blog
2:40 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

With age, men may lose thinking ability faster than women

Physical health problems may help drive men's mental decline.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 2:13 pm

Men are more apt than women to lose thinking ability as they age, according to new research. And that mild cognitive impairment often leads to dementia.

But people can reduce their risk of mild cognitive impairment by staying healthy and educated, according to Rosebud Roberts, a professor of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic who led the study. "There is a lot that people can do," she told Shots.

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It's All Politics
1:20 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Ron Paul: Steadily, 'Our Numbers Are Growing'

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, shown at a campaign stop in South Carolina, spoke with NPR's All Things Considered today about the upcoming primaries, the possibility of a third-party run, taxes and other issues.
John W. Adkisson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 11:36 am

In a wide-ranging discussion with All Things Considered's Robert Siegel, Ron Paul, the Republican congressman from Texas, said of all the GOP hopefuls, he's been the steady one.

"All I know is that the message is powerful," he said in response to a question about the viability of his campaign. "The message is well-received. Our numbers are growing, and we don't go up and down like a yo-yo."

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The Two-Way
1:17 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

'Blue Marble 2012': NASA's 'Most Amazing' High Def Image Of Earth So Far

"Blue Marble 2012." Want to see a really big version of this photo? Click here.
NASA

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 2:41 pm

The "Blue Marble" image of Earth snapped by the crew of Apollo 17 in 1972 is one of the most famous photos ever taken. When it appeared, we all suddenly saw the world in a much different way.

In the years since, NASA has added other "Blue Marble" photos to its collection, and has used technology to enhance and sharpen the images.

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The Two-Way
9:58 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Google's new privacy policy will allow tracking across services

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 5:50 am

Yesterday afternoon Google announced it was making sweeping changes to its privacy policy beginning March 1. Users can't opt out, so Google is beginning to send notice to its users via email and even on its homepage.

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State of the Union
9:51 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Obama, At Crossroads, Takes Different Route Than Clinton Chose In '96

In the final State of the Union address of his term, President Obama called for an economy "where everyone gets a fair shot."
Brendan Smialowski Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 25, 2012 1:24 pm

As the president delivered the final State of the Union address of his term before a looming re-election battle, he looked out at a sea of angry and skeptical Republicans who had fought him on budgets, government shutdowns, and whether or not to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

And what did President Bill Clinton do in 1996?

He delivered his "the era of big government is over" speech, which The Washington Post summed up this way: "Clinton Embraced GOP Themes in Setting Agenda."

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Energy
3:52 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Wind farm developer announces layoffs

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 2:56 pm

One of the Northwest's biggest wind and solar power companies is laying off people. Tuesday, Iberdrola Renewables let go about 50 workers out of a nationwide staff of more than 900. The cuts affect 25 workers based at its North American headquarters in Portland. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

Energy company Iberdrola Renewables cited multiple factors for a decision to scale back on new projects. That led directly to layoffs in engineering, construction and development.

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The Two-Way
3:38 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

Massive Solar Storm Causes Planes To Be Rerouted

This January 23, 2012 image provided by NASA, captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory, shows an M9-class solar flare erupting on the Sun's northeastern hemisphere.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 4:13 pm

You might have heard about a major solar storm that is hitting Earth right now. It's the biggest to hit us since 2005. You've also probably heard a few people say, "I didn't feel anything."

As our friends at 13.7 explained earlier today, the storms have the ability to disrupt sensitive electronics and even the power grid. Usually none of those things happen. But, today's solar storm did cause a bit of disruption.

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Shots - Health Blog
12:02 pm
Tue January 24, 2012

NPR science: Your brain on psilocybin might be less depressed

This could be your forest on psilocybin.
Baxterclaus Flickr

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 11:37 am

Magic mushrooms are said to blow your mind, but the hallucinogenic chemical psilocybin, the active ingredient, actually reins in key parts of the brain, according to two new studies.

The memorably vivid emotional experiences reported by mushroom users may flourish because the parts of the brain suppressed by psilocybin usually keep our world view tidy and rational.

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The Two-Way
9:52 am
Tue January 24, 2012

State Bill Outlaws Use Of Fetuses In Food Industry

A scientist holds a tray of stem cells in a lab, in this file photo from 2010.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 10:34 am

A bill introduced in the Oklahoma Legislature has some folks scratching their heads, as it prohibits "the manufacture or sale of food or products which use aborted human fetuses."

Since the bill was introduced late last week by State Sen. Ralph Shortey, a Republican from Oklahoma City, corners of the Internet have been buzzing with the news, as people try to figure out two things: 1) is this real; and 2) is there any reason the bill might be needed?

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Politics
9:10 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Is The State Of The Union Address Obsolete?

President Obama delivers last year's State of the Union Address on Jan. 25, 2011.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 2:07 pm

Given the nonstop, stereo-rock news cycle, the warp speed tempo of geopolitics and the constant to-and-fro between the media and the president, has the State of the Union address become obsolete?

Traditionally, the speech — an annual where-we-stand lecture delivered by the president to a joint session of Congress — has for decades been an opportunity for the professor in chief to issue a national report card and put current events in calm, codifiable context.

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The Two-Way
8:57 am
Tue January 24, 2012

Obama adviser Plouffe: Expect a State of the Union heavy on the economy

White House advisor David Plouffe.
AP

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 6:03 am

Tonight, President Obama is set to deliver the final state of the union address of his first term. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne spoke to White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe for a preview of the president's speech.

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Opinion
8:55 am
Tue January 24, 2012

New Republic: State of the Union listening guide

U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner, addresses a Joint Session of Congress while delivering his State of the Union speech Jan. 25, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama is expected to primarily discuss the economy in his upcoming speech.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 24, 2012 6:51 am

Jonathan Bernstein blogs at A Plain Blog About Politics.

Even with the major distraction of a Republican presidential primary, tonight's State of the Union speech will guaranteed to, however briefly, capture the undivided attention of all political junkies. They're not wrong: The annual tradition does matter. And yet the conventional wisdom about the importance of the speech tends to be almost exactly backwards.

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