November 30, 2006 Britain's Home Secretary John Reid says traces of radiation have been found in a dozen U.K. sites during the ongoing investigation into the London death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.
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November 30, 2006 Pope Benedict XVI turns his attention to healing relations between the Vatican and the Orthodox Church, said to be one of the main goals of his visit to Turkey.
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November 30, 2006 John Hulsman and Anatol Lieven, scholars from opposite political camps, say America's foreign policy is flawed because it's based on idealism and moral imperatives. They advocate an alternative approach called "ethical realism."
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November 28, 2006 President Bush was warmly welcomed Tuesday at the presidential palace in Estonia. He became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the small Baltic nation, before reaching his primary destination: the NATO summit in Latvia.
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November 27, 2006 Chad's government is denying reports that rebel soldiers are closing in on the capital, N'Djamena. Despite the denial, additional troops have been deployed on the outskirts of the city.
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November 7, 2006 NPR's John Ydstie is following the Senate race in Pennsylvania and has discovered the winner's secret: The victory by Bob Casey Jr. in the Pennsylvania Senate race over incumbent Republican Rick Santorum is a rare thing in the Keystone State. It's the first time in 50 years that a Republican senator has been unseated. It's also the first time since 1962 that a Democrat has won a full Senate term in Pennsylvania. Those taken with The Da Vinci Code will be interested to note that Casey is holding his victory celebration in the old Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral...
November 5, 2006 Celebratory gunfire was heard in Shiite neighborhoods on the news that Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death. But in Sunni areas, angry pro-Saddam demonstrators attacked U.S. forces. In the north of the country, Kurds were relatively quiet.
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November 5, 2006 Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) says he made a botched attempt at a joke this week. Partisan furor erupted. But he's far from the only politician from either party to stick his foot in his mouth.
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November 5, 2006 Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and two co-defendants are sentenced to death for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including murder. The trial involved the deaths of 148 Shiite Muslims in Dujail.
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September 26, 2006 In a suburban Philadelphia House race, incumbent Republican Rep. Jim Gerlach faces an aggressive challenge from Democrat Lois Murphy, who narrowly lost to Gerlach two years ago. Fueled by rising interest rates, falling homes prices and stagnant wages, economic anxiety tops the issue list for both candidates.
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September 12, 2006 My big boss has encouraged me to loosen up and write something about basketball, a subject I care deeply about. The most recent big news in hoops is Charles Barkley's induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame late last week. Barkley was known as the "round mound of rebound" during his NBA playing days in Philadelphia and Phoenix, a nod to his body type and ability to clear the boards. Now he's telling it like it is as a basketball commentator and threatening to run for governor of Alabama. His name is also the inspiration for the pop music act Gnarls Barkley. But the real basketball news of this week is the rumored return of Uri Berliner, NPR News sports and business editor, to the NPR Wednesday night basketball game. Uri took time off to get his black belt in Tae Kwon Do with his son. I accused him of beating up on little kids a la Kramer in that Seinfeld episode, so now I'm a little afraid to get out on the basketball court with him...
September 12, 2006 I strongly encourage you to listen to Tom Bowman's story on a U.S. Army Stryker combat team patrolling a particularly violent neighborhood of Baghdad, aptly named "Jihad." It's on All Things Considered today. Tom does a great job putting you right in the middle of this very dangerous area where Shiite death squads are forcibly removing Sunnis. Dead bodies are dumped in vacant lots. The locals are wary of the Americans who are under the command of Lt. Col. John Norris...
September 12, 2006 Do you believe in an authoritarian God, a benevolent God, a critical God or a distant God? That's what a group of Baylor University sociologists asked 1,721 randomly selected subjects in the most comprehensive national survey of religion ever. That wasn't the only question, though; the subjects filled out a 16-page questionnaire on their religious beliefs. But it turns out the answer to the above question was a great predictor of people's moral and political behavior according to the Baylor team that conducted the survey at the university's Institute for Studies of Religion. In fact, the answer was a better predictor than traditional labels like Protestant, Catholic or Jew...
September 12, 2006 Some tension has developed between the 9/11 Commission co-chairmen Democrat Lee Hamilton and Republican Tom Kean. As they plowed through their investigation of the government's failures in the run-up to Sept. 11, Hamilton and Kean formed a mutual admiration society. Former Indiana Congressman Hamilton called Kean, the former governor of New Jersey, "one of the pre-eminent public servants of our day, bar none." That was before Kean became the co-executive producer of the ABC miniseries The Path to 9/11 that's aired the last couple of nights. Yesterday, at a Sept. 11 forum at the National Press Club, Hamilton directed some sharp words at the so-called docudrama. The miniseries had already come in for sharp criticism for falsely portraying the actions, or inactions, of Clinton administration officials as the terrorist threat grew in the years before Sept. 11. A number of the most controversial scenes were edited out after pressure from the Clinton folks, but that didn't keep Hamilton from speaking his mind. With Kean standing next to him, Hamilton said, "It's either a documentary or it is a drama, and to fudge it causes me a great deal of concern..."
September 12, 2006 No obvious lead stories for the shows at the editorial meeting this morning. That's not unusual after a big event like the Sept. 11 commemorations. The official news sources seem a little exhausted and the other stories from the war in Iraq to detainee rights to immigration just grind on. That gives the programs a chance to showcase some other things. All Things Considered may lead one hour with the continuing investigation into the boardroom battle at Hewlett Packard. There are allegations that HP's board chairman, among others, might have employed illegal means to stop leaks from board meetings. Reporter Scott Horsley is on the story. The show's second hour could feature the battle for Baghdad, a gritty story with a Stryker force in Iraq. Reporter Tom Bowman went on patrol with them through the streets of the embattled city...
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