<p>President Obama, surrounded by lawmakers and guests, signs health care insurance legislation during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010. </p>
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Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney appears to be headed into the 2012 GOP presidential primary season as the consistent, if not overwhelming, favorite for his party's nomination.
But there remains great discomfort among a wide swath of party members over the striking similarity of the Massachusetts health care reform legislation Romney signed in 2006 as governor, and the federal health care overhaul President Obama put his signature on last year.
Jimmy Fallon says he spends almost 12 hours each day at the <em>Late Night </em>offices, which makes the rest of his life difficult. "If I want to play video games now, I have to schedule it," he tells Terry Gross.
Prosecutors in New York are broadening their investigation into an SAT cheating ring at Great Neck North High School. They allege Sam Eshaghoff was paid thousands of dollars to impersonate and take the test for at least six high schoolers. Educational Testing Services, the company that makes the SAT, says this is a rare and isolated incident. But investigators and lawyers say this is the tip of the iceberg, more arrests are coming, and hard questions are being asked of ETS.
President Obama traded Air Force One for a bus today as he set out on a campaign-style trip through North Carolina and Virginia. First stop: Asheville in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: It's always nice to get out of Washington...
(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)
OBAMA: ...and breathe some of that mountain air.
(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)
SIEGEL: The president is officially campaigning for his jobs plan, and he had a message for those in Congress who opposed it.
If you loved the novel "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," if you loved following the main character, Lisbeth Salander, on her adventures, then our book reviewer, Alan Cheuse, has good news for you. Lisbeth Salander has a sort of soul sister. She's one of the two central characters in a new novel by a different author. It's by Haruki Murakami, and the book is called "1Q84."
The Kinder Morgan deal will likely make the company the largest natural gas pipeline operator in North America. This comes at a time when more people in the U.S. are becoming reliant on the fuel. For more, Robert Siegel speaks with Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Associates and author of The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.
A huge deal in the energy business is just the latest signal that natural gas is a hot commodity. One of the largest natural gas pipeline operators, Kinder Morgan, is buying its rival El Paso for $21 billion.
<p>Pollan founded the Ladies in White after her husband, Cuban dissident Hector Maseda, was jailed. He was released in February this year. In this photo from March, Maseda kisses Pollan before a meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in Havana, Cuba. </p>
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In Cuba, the leader of the island's most prominent dissident group has died. Laura Pollan was a founder of the Ladies in White, but her death at age 63 Friday after a brief illness comes at an especially difficult time for Cuba's small opposition movement.
The only officially tolerated act of public protest in Cuba occurs on Sundays, after the Ladies in White gather for mass at the Santa Rita church in Havana.