8:51am

Fri February 10, 2012
It's All Politics

Santorum's Support Goes Beyond Social Conservatives, Strategist Says

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 9:08 am

Rick Santorum shakes hands with supporters gathered at Fairview Farms in Plano, Texas on Feb. 8 in the wake of his three victories on Tuesday.
Stewart F. House MCT /Landov

Rick Santorum surprised the Republican presidential field again this week, chalking up victories against front-runner Mitt Romney in Minnesota, Colorado and Missouri. Very few pundits would have predicted six months ago that the former Pennsylvania senator would still be a contender this late into the primary season. So what's his secret and can he keep it up?

To get some of those answers, NPR's Steve Inskeep spoke with Santorum strategist John Brabender on Friday's Morning Edition.

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8:45am

Fri February 10, 2012
The Two-Way

If Women Are In Combat, Men May Try To Protect Them, Santorum Says

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in McKinney, Texas, on Wednesday.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

On CNN last evening, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum was asked about the Pentagon's plan to open up more jobs to women in the military — and to bring them closer to, but not right into, combat roles.

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7:55am

Fri February 10, 2012
The Two-Way

Rep. Bachus Is Focus Of Ethics Investigation Into Possible Insider Trading

Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

The Washington Post broke this story last evening:

"The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee over possible violations of insider-trading laws, according to individuals familiar with the case.

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7:39am

Fri February 10, 2012
Around the Nation

Wisconsin Court Decides Who Gets The Cat

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 8:02 am

Transcript

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7:36am

Fri February 10, 2012
Business

Halos Can Turn To Horns, Corporate Donors Find

Dots, a women's fashion retailer, donates $118,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Jan. 31. The recent controversy over Komen's relationship with Planned Parenthood has highlighted the perils of corporate philanthropy.
Anonymous PR Newswire

Energizer makes batteries. But in recent days, company executives have spent a considerable amount of time responding to complaints about abortion.

The reason, of course, is that Energizer got caught up in the controversy surrounding last week's decision by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation to cut off its funding for Planned Parenthood.

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7:30am

Fri February 10, 2012
The Two-Way

'Situation Could Not Be More Dire,' Syrians In Besieged City Say

An anti-regime fighter peered through a window in Idlib, Syria, on Thursday (Feb. 9, 2012).
AP

From inside the Syrian city of Homs, where activists say several hundred people have been killed by government forces in the past week and troops are preparing for what could be a "ground offensive" in coming days, residents say the "situation could not be more dire," NPR's Kelly McEvers reports.

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7:29am

Fri February 10, 2012
Middle East

Madonna Fan Would Be Irked By War With Iran

Originally published on Fri February 10, 2012 8:02 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. We have no evidence this is a mass movement, but at least one person seems to have a reason to urge Israel's prime minister to delay an attack on Iran. Israeli officials have been speculating out loud about a strike. Now a Facebook page is pushing for the war to wait, at least long enough to keep from disrupting a concert by Madonna in Tel Aviv. The page is called No War with Iran until After Madonna's Performance on May 29. You're listening to MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

7:00am

Fri February 10, 2012
Kentucky Arts and Culture

The Lexington Ballet's Struggle with Racial Diversity

Madelyn Nelson, left, and other students of the School of the Lexington Ballet troupe rehearsed for Ion Dance.
Lexington Herald Leader

The absence of African-American dancers in a show honoring Black artists troubles the director of Lexington Ballet.  Here to discuss it, and the weekend’s other events, is Rich Copley, who reports on arts and culture for the Lexington Herald Leader.

6:22am

Fri February 10, 2012
Sports

Murray Loses-Eastern and Morehead Saturday Night

Heading into another full weekend of college basketball, there are no undefeated teams in Division One-A.  Murray State suffered its first loss of the season last night at home at the hands of Tennessee State 72 to 68.  Murray was the last remaining no-loss team before last night’s tight contest.  It’s a big weekend for a number of schools including Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Louisville.

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5:19am

Fri February 10, 2012
All Politics are Local

Paul at Conservative Political Action Conference

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul received an enthusiastic welcome at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference...with some audience members even urging him to run for national office.  After a day of hearing conservatives repeat much of the same rhetoric this crowd loved the message brought by Senator Paul. He rhetorically asked if President Obama hates rich people for his administration’s repeated attempts to raise taxes on the wealthy.

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