8:00am

Sun January 8, 2012
Around the Nation

The Tucson Shooting: A Solemn Remembrance

One year ago Sunday a gunman opened fire while Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was holding a "Congress on Your Corner" event at a shopping center. She was shot in the head, one of 13 who were wounded. Six others were killed. Tucson is remembering the day with memorials, a candle-light vigil and dozens of other events. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Ted Robbins about the day's services.

8:00am

Sun January 8, 2012
Politics

U.S. Reconsiders Egypt Aid After NGOs Raided

Originally published on Sun January 8, 2012 10:16 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Pull back U.S. military aid to Egypt. That is the call from some on Capitol Hill these days. Congress is furious about raids last month by Egyptian security forces on pro-democracy groups in Cairo. The nonprofit groups include the National Democratic Institute, Freedom House and the International Republican Institute. All these groups get U.S. funding and they're in the country helping monitor Egypt's parliamentary elections.

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8:00am

Sun January 8, 2012
Education

Classes Teach Soldiers To Be 'Army Strong'

Two years ago, the U.S. Army launched a program to teach soldiers how to be emotionally and psychologically strong. This week, the Army released a review of the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program. Host Rachel Martin speaks with the program's director, Brig. Gen. James Pasquarette, and Sgt. 1st Class Michael Ballard, a resiliency trainer in the program, about what it takes to prepare troops mentally for combat.

7:52am

Sun January 8, 2012
The News Tip On Weekend Edition Sunday

The News Tip: Stay Mindful Of Politics' Visitors

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks to reporters during a campaign stop on Dec. 28 in Mason City, Iowa.
Scott Olson Getty Images

With election season in full swing now, the sheer amount of media coverage can be daunting to anyone trying to follow the races.

For the press covering politics, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik has this reminder: Most people are visitors to the land of political obsession, not full-time residents.

Folkenflik tells Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin that much of the campaign coverage "assumes that everybody is up to date on real minutiae."

Some people don't have the time to keep up with minor — or even major — developments.

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7:00am

Sun January 8, 2012
The Two-Way

At One Maryland Prison, They're 'Knitting Behind Bars'

Originally published on Sun January 8, 2012 7:03 am

Yarn. It's good for you.
Michael Brandy AP
  • Lynn Zwerling talks with Michel Martin

This blogger's mom was a knitter. She and a friend made hundreds of knit caps that went to children in Rochester, N.Y. Some made their way to a village in Afghanistan when her youngest son went there on assignment for USA Today in 2002 and 2003.

Watching her, it always seemed as if knitting was calming and challenging at the same time. It's repetitive, yet also has to be done precisely right if you want to succeed. And if you mess up, you may have to unravel and start over.

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6:27am

Sun January 8, 2012
Around the Nation

Familiar Rubik's Cube Challenge Gets A New Edge

Originally published on Sun January 8, 2012 10:16 am

The new generation of Rubick's Cube players are stepping up their game, learning tips in online videos to solve the puzzle in seconds.
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6:10am

Sun January 8, 2012
Religion

Has Obama Waged A War On Religion?

Originally published on Tue March 18, 2014 3:35 pm

Some political and religious leaders say there is a White House-led war against religion.
Joe Drivas Getty Images

Americans' religious liberties are under attack — or at least that's what some conservatives say.

Newt Gingrich warns the U.S. is becoming a secular country, which would be a "nightmare." Rick Santorum says there's a clash between "man's laws and God's laws." And in a campaign ad, Rick Perry decried what he called "Obama's war on religion," saying there is "something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can't openly ... pray in school."

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6:10am

Sun January 8, 2012
National Security

U.S., Iran Play Economic Knockdown

Originally published on Sat January 14, 2012 9:09 am

A member of the Iranian military takes position in a military exercise on the shore of the Sea of Oman in December.
Mohammad Ali Marizad AP

Tensions with Iran these days are as high as they've been in years, and managing them will be one of the top challenges facing the Obama administration this year. With Iran threatening to block U.S. ships from entering the Persian Gulf, and the United States vowing not to back down, the stage seems to be set for war. And yet, what's happening with Iran right now may be more of an economic confrontation than a military standoff.

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6:09am

Sun January 8, 2012
National Security

Panetta: 'Human Side' Makes Pentagon Cuts Tough

Originally published on Sun January 8, 2012 10:16 am

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta speaks about the Defense Strategic Review, outlining defense budget priorities and cuts, during a press briefing at the Pentagon on Jan. 5.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is no stranger to budget battles.

He was head of the Office of Management and Budget and White House chief of staff under President Clinton. But now, the former congressman faces what could be some of the toughest budget decisions of his career — how to cut more than $480 billion from the Pentagon's bottom line.

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6:07am

Sun January 8, 2012
Around the Nation

A Year After Tucson Tragedies, Incivility Continues

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:09 am

Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords at the White House in October.
Pete Souza The White House via Getty Images

When a gunman opened fire on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and others at a shopping center near Tucson exactly a year ago — killing six people and injuring Giffords and many others — some people were quick to blame the episode on the overheated political climate.

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