7:58am

Wed March 14, 2012
Presidential Race

After Santorum Wins, Romney Hopes To Regain Edge

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 1:02 pm

After a series of losses, Mitt Romney returns to more favorable ground as the GOP race heads to Illinois and Missouri. He spoke about jobs and the economy in Kirkwood, Mo., on Tuesday.
Sarah Conard Reuters /Landov

For Mitt Romney, the string of victories that would lock up the Republican nomination for president remains elusive.

Last week, Romney looked more or less inevitable to many political observers, thanks to his victories in six of the 10 states that voted on Super Tuesday.

But since then, the former Massachusetts governor has gone on a losing streak. He lost caucuses in Kansas, which voted on Saturday, and primaries in both Alabama and Mississippi, which voted Tuesday.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum won all three of those races.

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7:45am

Wed March 14, 2012
The Two-Way

In Afghanistan, Panetta Says Mission Continues

  • Larry Abramson, reporting from Afghanistan

At Camp Leatherneck in southern Afghanistan today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta urged U.S. military personnel to not be deterred from their mission and continue "to make life difficult" for the Taliban and al-Qaida, says NPR's Larry Abramson, who is travelling with Panetta.

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7:40am

Wed March 14, 2012
Around the Nation

City Council Breaks Paper Products Stalemate

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 8:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

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7:33am

Wed March 14, 2012
Around the Nation

Georgetown's Team Mascot Sidelined With Injury

March Madness has barely begun and a key figure in Georgetown basketball has suffered an injury. Team mascot Jack the Bulldog has torn the doggie version of his ACL. Jack's keeper tweeted the injury was likely from jumping on the couch.

7:15am

Wed March 14, 2012
The Two-Way

6.8 Magnitude Quake Shakes Japan, But Tsunami Warning Canceled

The same general area of Japan that was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami almost exactly one year ago was rattled today by a 6.9 magnitude temblor that led authorities to warn of another possible tsunami along the nation's northeast coast. (Note at 7:42 a.m. ET: The U.S.

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7:00am

Wed March 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Santorum Wins In Dixie, Romney Takes Hawaii And American Samoa

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum with supporters Tuesday night in Lafayette, La. Louisiana's primary is on March 24.
Sean Gardner Getty Images
  • Mara Liasson on 'Morning Edition'

After another set of presidential contests the story remains much the same — pundits say former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney remains the front runner in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, but former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum continues his strong challenge.

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6:46am

Wed March 14, 2012
Lexington/Richmond

Lexington FOP at Odds with the City Administration

Lexington’s Fraternal Order of Police has taken its case for hiring more officers before city leaders. The emotional debate Tuesday included comments on escalating pension costs, and a collective bargaining impasse.  FOP President Mike Sweeney says a look at crime statistics should be cause for alarm. “Several months ago the FOP began noticing a very disturbing trend…a trend that there’s a significant rise in crime in Fayette County and a continuous decline in the number of police officers..protecting the city…and this has led to some very alarming statistics,” said Sweeney.  The FOP says crime went up 20 percent from 2007 to 2011.  But Urban County Council member Doug Martin says a great deal of city resources go to support police salaries and pensions.

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6:26am

Wed March 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Analysis: Why It's Time For Newt Gingrich To Say Good Night

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 6:12 pm

After his losses in Alabama and Mississippi on Tuesday, Newt Gingrich will face increasing pressure to drop out of the GOP race. Here he waves to supporters after speaking at a rally in Hoover, Ala., on Tuesday.
Marvin Gentry Reuters /Landov

It is time for the much-winnowed field of Republican presidential contenders to shrink a little further. It is time for Newt Gingrich to bid adieu and wrap up his bid for the nomination.

Rick Santorum, who won the Alabama and Mississippi primaries on Tuesday, has proven himself the conservatives' favored alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney. He did this by winning the voters who mattered most in the deep-dyed red states of Alabama and Mississippi, the white evangelical "born again" voters who cast more than two-thirds of the vote in each state.

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4:00am

Wed March 14, 2012
Election 2012

Obama Wins Backing Of AFL-CIO

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 8:17 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

President Obama has received a high-profile endorsement for his re-election bid. Though it's no surprise the country's largest federation of unions, the AFL-CIO, has traditionally endorsed a Democrat for president.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

The strength of that support bears watching this year. Collective bargaining has been under attack in several states, draining union resources.

MONTAGNE: But labor leaders say it's also made them more determined than ever to keep Mr. Obama in the White House. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.

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4:00am

Wed March 14, 2012
Economy

Fed Waits For Economic Growth To Pick Up

Originally published on Wed March 14, 2012 8:17 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Wednesday, it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Here's the good economic news: Employers have been hiring more quickly than the experts predicted.

INSKEEP: The bad economic news is that experts still are not sure why employers are hiring so quickly. While the U.S. economy is growing, economists are not sure it is growing quickly enough to justify the many jobs created in recent months.

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