12:02pm

Thu January 12, 2012
Country

Janie Fricke: The 'Country Side Of Bluegrass'

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 2:14 pm

Janie Fricke.
Courtesy of the artist

Janie Fricke has had a long, winding career. She started out as a singer of TV commercial jingles, warbling for Coca-Cola, McDonald's and Red Lobster, among other clients. She then moved on to singing back-up vocals for stars such as Elvis Presley, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.

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12:00pm

Thu January 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Justice Dept. Legal Counsel Says Obama Had Recess Authority

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 12:01 pm

President Obama acted within his legal authority to appoint Richard Cordray to lead the National Consumer Protection Bureau last week, during a period when the Senate was conducting "pro forma" holiday sessions, according to a memo released this morning by a key unit of the Justice Department.

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11:55am

Thu January 12, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama's Ex-Car Czar Defends Romney, Bain From GOP Attacks

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 12:13 pm

Steven Rattner.
Carlos Osorio AP

Steven Rattner, the Wall Street financier who oversaw the Obama Administration's successful rescues of General Motors and Chrysler, now comes to the aid of some other beleaguered members of corporate America — Mitt Romney in his former role as a private-equity CEO, and Bain Capital, the company the Republican presidential candidate once ran.

In a Politico opinion piece, former "car czar" Rattner defends Romney and Bain which he says was among the better angels in the world of private-equity firms.

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11:46am

Thu January 12, 2012
Movie Interviews

Gary Oldman: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sirius

Originally published on Thu January 12, 2012 3:10 pm

Gary Oldman has played characters from Beethoven to Pontius Pilate to Tom Stoppard's take on Hamlet's schoolmate, Rosencrantz, in the 1990 film Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.
Matt Sayles AP

Gary Oldman watched Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy when it aired as a BBC miniseries in 1979, but he purposely avoided a second viewing before signing up to play George Smiley in a new film adaptation of John le Carre's classic 1974 novel.

"I really thought that I would be contaminated by it," he tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "And I didn't want to do an impersonation."

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10:52am

Thu January 12, 2012
Television

Bill Moyers Is Back On TV — And Better Than Ever

Bill Moyers began his career in journalism as a junior reporter at the Marshall News Messenger in Marshall, Texas.
Peter Krogh ©Peter Krogh

It's one of my favorite TV moments of this year. On Tuesday, the night of the New Hampshire primary, Stephen Colbert had Bill Moyers as his special guest on The Colbert Report. Moyers was there to publicize his return from retirement and the launch of his new TV series, Moyers & Company. Colbert booked him to help him do just that — but as his on-screen persona Stephen Colbert, the pontificating political conservative, he was there to throw good-natured verbal punches.

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10:50am

Thu January 12, 2012

10:44am

Thu January 12, 2012
All Politics are Local

Whitfield Seeking Another Term

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield is seeking election to a ninth term in Congress, listing his top priorities as addressing the federal debt, creation of jobs and protecting national security.  Not only is the nation facing many challenges, Americans are frustrated and upset, Whitfield said Wednesday night at Madisonville City Hall, speaking to approximately 30 people attending his re-election announcement.

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10:40am

Thu January 12, 2012
Education

Gains in Education Ranking

Kentucky’s ranking in an annual grading of all states on key education indicators rose dramatically this year, placing the state 14th in the nation for its work on academic standards, the teaching profession and many other variables related to public education.  Each year, Education Week (a national publication that focuses on P-12 education) produces a special issue, “Quality Counts.” The report tracks key education indicators and grades states on their policy efforts and outcomes. Last year, Kentucky ranked 34th in the nation in this annual report.

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10:26am

Thu January 12, 2012
Digital Life

A War To Watch: YouTube Takes On Television

Screenshot from YouTube

10:05am

Thu January 12, 2012
The Two-Way

Stephen Colbert Looks For Fresh Face In GOP Race And Sees Himself

A Colbert candidacy?
ColbertNation.com

We've been through this with him before, so talk from Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert about running for president needs to be viewed with suspicion.

But he's at it again and promises a "major announcement" on his show tonight (it airs at 11:30 p.m. ET).

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