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7:30 am
Fri May 11, 2012

What space miners will know: Flying over an asteroid

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 10:17 am

Thanks to Bad Astronomy for posting this beautiful fly-over of the asteroid Vesta via the Dawn space probe.

7:16 am
Fri May 11, 2012

The Nation: Gay Marriage Caught Romney Off Guard

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, sits in the stands with his wife Ann Romney before start of a game between Boston Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Romney has said that he does not believe gay couples should marry.
Jim Rogash Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 6:10 am

Ben Adler is a writer for The Nation.

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The Two-Way
7:09 am
Fri May 11, 2012

JPMorgan 'rogue trader' losses send chills through markets

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 8:46 am

"It was a bad strategy. It was badly executed."

The words of JPMorgan Chase's CEO, Jamie Dimon, as he admitted late yesterday that the investment bank — or, more precisely, a single "rogue trader" working for the bank, had lost some $2 billion in the last six weeks in risky hedge-fund trades.

The news has sent chills through the markets. Shares of JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank, lost 7 percent in after-hours trading and British bank Barclays lost 2.9 percent, while more than 2 percent was shaved from Royal Bank of Scotland.

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Movie Reviews
7:30 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

When Mystery Writer Meets Pinup Girl (Who's Dead)

A Paris-based mystery writer (Jean-Paul Rouve) journeys to a cold and remote area of France hoping for an inheritance — and finds instead a story idea in the mysterious death of a local Marilyn Monroe lookalike (Sophie Quinton).
First Run Features

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 2:47 pm

Playing a Marilyn Monroe avatar in Nobody Else But You, Sophie Quinton endows her impersonation with less vitality than Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn. But that's appropriate: Quinton's character is already dead when this smart if outlandish movie opens.

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The Two-Way
7:28 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

President Of Abortion Rights Group NARAL Will Step Down In January

Nancy Keenan.

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 3:16 pm

The President of NARAL Pro-Choice America, the nation's oldest abortion rights organization, will step down in January, the group said today.

In a statement, Nancy Keenan said she would focus her last eight months "on helping pro-choice candidates win elections."

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7:27 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Logging Protesters Run Their Message Up State Capitol Flagpole

Perry Graham climbs down a flagpole at the Oregon state capitol after hanging a banner protesting logging on state-owned forest land. Photo by Chris Lehman

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 2:55 pm

SALEM, Ore. – A group that's against logging on state-owned forest lands drew a crowd of onlookers at the Oregon State Capitol Thursday morning. A member of Cascadia Forest Defenders climbed a flagpole and draped a large banner that read "Schools versus Trees? We want both!”

The protester climbed down after about 90 minutes and was promptly arrested for disorderly conduct and criminal mischief. As Perry Graham was led away in handcuffs, he explained the reason for his flagpole-sitting.

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7:25 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Americans Elect Qualifies For Oregon Ballot

Americans Elect has submitted enough valid signatures to qualify for the Oregon ballot in November.

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 4:38 pm

SALEM, Ore. – A new political group will appear on the Oregon presidential ballot this fall. The Oregon Secretary of State's office announced Thursday that Americans Elect has submitted enough valid signatures to qualify. But voters will have to wait a little longer to find out who the party's candidate will be.

"Americans Elect" calls itself a non-partisan organization that's trying to give Americans a third option for president. The group says it will hold an internet primary to select a candidate next month.

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7:24 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Honorary Degree: What Is It Good For?

Sanjay Gupta received an honorary degree from the University of Michigan in April. Photo by Helen Graham via Flickr

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 5:03 pm

At graduation ceremonies across the Northwest this spring, a handful of people will receive what are known as “honorary degrees.” Typically, they’re awarded to distinguished humanitarians, writers and entrepreneurs. But what, if anything, you can actually do with an honorary degree.

There are some examples of people using their honorary doctorates for more than a line in their bio. That’s how Benjamin Franklin became known as Dr. Franklin. More recently, there’s comedian Stephen Colbert ...

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5:57 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Thomas Jefferson's Vegetable Garden: A Thing Of Beauty And Science

Thomas Jefferson's garden at Monticello served as an experimental laboratory for garden vegetables from around the world.
Leonard Phillips Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 7:48 am

When you listen to All Things Considered host Melissa Block's story about Thomas Jefferson's garden, you'll hear how he cared about putting peas on the table and sharing seeds with his friends. He also set loftier goals for his vegetable garden: Monticello's south-facing expanse was a living laboratory for a lifelong tinkerer and almost obsessive record keeper. Jefferson was, in many ways, a crop scientist.

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A Blog Supreme
5:50 pm
Thu May 10, 2012

Why a jazz festival is asking musicians to 'Do It Yourself'

Mad Curious, with drummer Lenny Robinson, saxophonist Brian Settles and bassist Tarus Mateen, performs at a Capitalbop house show.
Giovanni Russonello Courtesy of Capitalbop

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 3:02 pm

The Undead Music Festival, which lifted off last night, has grown every year. On Friday, it will outgrow New York City.

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11:58 am
Thu May 10, 2012

'Miles Davis And Gil Evans: Still Ahead' On JazzSet

Terence Blanchard plays the role of Miles Davis' trumpet with commitment and emotion at Monterey.
Cole Thompson

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 9:05 am

Gil Evans was born on May 13, 1912. In three collaborations in the late 1950s, he and his friend and Miles Davis steered their projects into a new era for jazz.

Their first album was Miles Ahead. This Monterey Jazz Festival concert is called "Still Ahead," with music from the pair's second and third records, Porgy and Bess and Sketches of Spain.

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5:29 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Oregon State Rep. Faces Serious Challenge From Own Party

Jeff Reardon knocks on doors in southeast Portland. Photo by Chris Lehman

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 5:21 pm

PORTLAND – There’s a lot of news lately about conservative challengers to Republican “establishment” candidates. This week, Indiana Senator Dick Lugar lost to a Tea Party backed opponent.

But it’s not just a Republican phenomenon. In next week’s Oregon primary election, a Democratic state representative is facing a serious challenge after frequently riling members of his own party.

State Representative Mike Schaufler isn't known for mincing words. Here he is last year during a hearing about wolves.

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It's All Politics
4:17 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Obama gambles on gay marriage

President Obama was on a TV monitor at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, a key historic site of the gay-rights movement.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:35 pm

The 2012 presidential election was supposed to be about the economy, and even with President Obama's historic decision to make it known Wednesday that he supports same-sex marriage, that is still likely to be true.

But the president's decision to announce in an ABC News interview that he personally backs gay marriage could mean that at least one social issue may take a more prominent role in the election-year spotlight.

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The Impact of War
4:13 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Parents of captured Idaho soldier want prisoner swap

A Taliban video from December 2010 appears to show Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in captivity.

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 3:36 pm

The Idaho parents of the only U.S. soldier in Taliban captivity say they want the Obama administration to negotiate a prisoner swap to bring their son home. Bob and Jani Bergdahl broke their long silence in new interviews, hoping to build public pressure for a deal.

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The Two-Way
12:06 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

President Obama: Same-Sex Couples Should Be Able To Wed

President Barack Obama is seen on a monitor in the White House briefing room in Washington, Wednesday. President Barack Obama told an ABC interviewer that he supports gay marriage.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 2:19 pm

In an interview with ABC News, President Obama declared his support for gay marriage. This marks a departure from the president's previous stance, which has repeatedly been described as "evolving."

Here's the money quote from ABC's OTUS blog:

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