5:06pm

Wed May 9, 2012
Election 2012

Romney's 1996 Help To Colleague Hits Airwaves Again

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:19 pm

Mitt Romney speaks at a March 3 rally in Dayton, Ohio, where he told the story of the 1996 disappearance of the daughter of a colleague.
Gerald Herbert AP

For the past few days, Mitt Romney's superPAC has begun to flex its considerable financial muscle in nine key swing states. Restore Our Future is spending upward of $4 million on TV ads in its first major media buy of the general election.

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5:00pm

Wed May 9, 2012
Music Interviews

Paul Thorn: Music From The Margins

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:19 pm

Paul Thorn's new, all-covers album is called What the Hell Is Goin' On?
Courtesy of the artist

Before Paul Thorn made his living as a singer, he was a professional boxer. He also spent 12 years working at a furniture factory in his hometown of Tupelo, Miss.

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4:59pm

Wed May 9, 2012
NPR Story

In Change Of Pace, Obama Supports Gay Marriage

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 7:19 pm

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

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4:50pm

Wed May 9, 2012
National Security

Bomb Plot: Secrets Didn't Stay Secret For Long

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 6:13 pm

Information about CIA operations often leaks quickly, and analysts say this can complicate future efforts.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Once upon a time, CIA operations were secret.

But as the latest bomb plot in Yemen shows, little stays hidden for long these days.

In the post-Sept. 11 world, even the most sensitive intelligence operations quickly become daily fodder as the 24-hour news cycle, the Internet and media-friendly politicians give the story momentum. And it's often senior government officials and the intelligence community who spread the juiciest details.

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4:24pm

Wed May 9, 2012
The Salt

Hospital Food So Fresh, Even The Healthy Come To Dine

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:48 am

Executive chef Tony DeWalt picks some lettuce from the Fauquier Hospital's culinary healing garden.
John Rose

Twice a week, local seniors in Warrenton, Virginia, flock to a hip new dinner spot called the Bistro on the Hill for good food, a great view, and musical accompaniment by a retired piano player from a nearby Nordstrom's.

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4:15pm

Wed May 9, 2012
Health and Welfare

CoventryCares Could be Removed if Tough Bargaining Continues

Kentucky Senator Julie Denton says the state's largest private Medicaid company is underpaying and threatening healthcare providers, and she says lawmakers may kick the company out of the state Medicaid system if the behavior persists. CoventryCares is one of three new private Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) that began business in the commonwealth last year. But problems with the privatized system popped up quickly.

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4:02pm

Wed May 9, 2012
News

Government Job Cuts Threaten Black Middle Class

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:58 pm

An employee loads flat trays onto a truck at the U.S. Postal Service processing and distribution center in Merrifield, Va. The USPS, which is projecting a $14.1 billion loss this fiscal year, is discussing restructuring options with potential advisers.
Andrew Harrier Bloomberg via Getty Images

The planned downsizing of the U.S. Postal Service, which wants to shed thousands of jobs and reduce hours at post offices, struck Baltimore native Eric Easter at his core.

For him, it will mark the end of an era in which a post office job has meant stability and a path to a better life, as it did for him and his six siblings living in public housing in the 1960s.

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3:57pm

Wed May 9, 2012
All Politics are Local

Conway Calls for Increase in Crime Victims Fund

Attorney General Jack Conway is calling on Congress to increase the cap on the Crime Victims Fund to at least $1 billion so victims can access the services they need. Conway was among 51 state and territorial attorneys general to sign a letter delivered to Capitol Hill Tuesday from the National Association of Attorneys General. The Crime Victims Fund was created as part of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) and is funded entirely through collections from criminal fines, special assessments and other penalties paid by federal criminal offenders.

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3:35pm

Wed May 9, 2012
The Two-Way

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

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 5:19 pm

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

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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3:20pm

Wed May 9, 2012
The Two-Way

Agent, Double Agent Or Mole? Which Was The Underwear Bomb Character?

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 3:45 pm

Alex Wong Getty Images

Many headlines and stories (including some of ours) have been saying that a "double agent" infiltrated al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and foiled a plot to get another underwear bomb aboard a U.S.-bound passenger jet.

But we've been looking at definitions of spy terms and think that based on what we have been told so far, the person at the center of the story wasn't a double agent.

That character was at least an "agent."

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