2:17pm

Tue March 3, 2015
The Two-Way

House Votes To Fund DHS Until Sept. 30 — Without Immigration Curbs

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 6:22 pm

Updated at 3:20 p.m. ET

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the budget year — without any restrictions on immigration. The vote is a victory for President Obama as Republicans had wanted to strip funding for the president's executive actions on immigration from the bill.

The measure, which passed 257-167, now heads to President Obama, who is expected to sign it.

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1:46pm

Tue March 3, 2015
The Two-Way

'Nothing New' In Netanyahu's Speech, Obama Says

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 4:43 pm

President Obama said Tuesday that there was "nothing new" in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress about Iran's nuclear program.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Updated at 4:15 p.m. ET

President Obama said "there was nothing new" in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on Iran to a joint meeting of Congress.

Speaking at the White House, Obama said, "the prime minister didn't offer any viable alternatives" to the possible deal being worked out with Iran on its nuclear program.

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1:18pm

Tue March 3, 2015
The Salt

From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 4:26 pm

Three years ago, Air Force veteran Sara Creech quit her job as a nurse and bought a 43-acre farm in North Salem, Ind. She named her farm Blue Yonder Organic.
John Wendle for Harvest Public Media

Sara Creech has grown dependent on farming. She started out planting an orchard of fruit trees: apples, peaches, cherries and pears. She added berry bushes and rows of vegetables.

And then she bought her first chickens.

"A lot of people call chickens the gateway animal," says Creech, who lives in rural North Salem, Ind. "Like once you have a chicken on the farm, then you end up getting sheep on the farm, and then you end up getting horses, and cows. And then it just explodes from there."

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11:33am

Tue March 3, 2015
The Two-Way

David Petraeus Enters Into Plea Deal With Justice Department

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 1:17 pm

Former CIA Director and retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus speaks at the University of Southern California on March 26, 2013, his first public speech after resigning as CIA director.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Former CIA Director and retired Gen. David Petraeus, whose military career has been overshadowed by charges that he provided classified data to his mistress, has made a deal with the Justice Department in which he will plead guilty to one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

The deal will allow Petraeus, who rose to the rank of a four-star general before becoming director of the CIA, to avoid a trial and plead guilty to a misdemeanor. He'll also avoid a prison sentence, if a federal court agrees with the plea deal's terms.

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11:18am

Tue March 3, 2015
NPR History Dept.

The Secret History Of Knock-Knock Jokes

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 7:54 pm

Knock knock.

Who's there?

Joe King.

Joe King who?

Joking like this used to be considered a sickness by some people.

The knock-knock joke has been a staple of American humor since the early 20th century. With its repetitive set-up and wordplay punchline, the form has been invoked — and understood — by people of all ages and sensibilities.

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11:02am

Tue March 3, 2015
The Two-Way

LOOK: Pictures Of The Villarrica Volcano's Eruption In Chile

Originally published on Wed March 4, 2015 5:38 pm

A general view of the Chilean volcano Villarrica, erupting near the town of the same name, some 466 miles south of Santiago.
Ariel Marinkovic EPA/Landov

The eruption of the Villarrica volcano in southern Chile has prompted the evacuation of thousands of people, as it spewed heavy smoke into the air and lava down its slopes.

The 9,000-foot volcano hovers over the city of Pucon, home to about 22,000 people.

"It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen," Travis Armstrong, a 29-year-old Australian tourist, told The Associated Press. "I've never seen a volcano erupt and it was spewing lava and ash hundreds of meters into the air. Lightning was striking down at the volcano from the ash cloud that formed from the eruption."

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10:58am

Tue March 3, 2015
News

After Weeks Of Controversy, Netanyahu Takes The Podium Before Congress

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 12:19 pm

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Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This morning, members of Congress gathered on Capitol Hill for a major speech.

(SOUNDBITE OF SPEECH)

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister of Israel...

(APPLAUSE)

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10:29am

Tue March 3, 2015
The Two-Way

Hillary Clinton's Use Of Personal Email At State Department Raises Questions

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 1:33 pm

Hillary Clinton, seen here in 2011 during her tenure as secretary of state, used a personal email account instead of an official government account.
POOL Reuters /Landov

During her four years as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton did not use a State Department email account, opting instead to conduct official business through a personal email account that wasn't then and is not now under the government's control.

The arrangement circumvented a federal process that could have automatically preserved Clinton's email communications in government archives.

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9:55am

Tue March 3, 2015
Shots - Health News

GOP Faults Shift Of Funds To HealthCare.Gov From NIH And CDC

How much flexibility does the Department of Health and Human Services have to move funding around within its budget?
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

House Republicans are questioning why the Obama administration transferred money last year from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to pay for the operation of the federal health insurance marketplace.

"Now it appears that we are robbing Peter to pay Paul in order to finance the disaster that is HealthCare.Gov," said Rep. Jody Hice, a Republican congressman from suburban Atlanta.

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9:37am

Tue March 3, 2015
The Two-Way

In Speech To Congress, Netanyahu Blasts 'A Very Bad Deal' With Iran

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:28 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks before a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. He called the deal the U.S. and its allies are negotiating with Iran "very bad."
Susan Walsh AP

Updated at 2:09 p.m. ET

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a deal the U.S. and its allies are pursuing with Iran over its nuclear program is "very bad" because, according to him, it doesn't take away the Islamic republic's ability to ultimately obtain nuclear weapons.

"This is a bad deal — a very bad deal," Netanyahu told a joint meeting of Congress today. "We're better off without it."

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