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Sun November 27, 2011
Politics

Congress Stuck With Supercommittee's Holiday Leftovers

The Congressional supercommittee, charged with coming up with a plan to cut the national deficit, had been invested with handling so many unrelated tasks that its failure last week has left Congress with a sizeable workload in its remaining weeks this year. Among them: possible extensions of the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits, and a continuation of the entire federal budget. NPR congressional correspondent David Welna joins us to set the stage for December.

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Sun November 27, 2011
Around the Nation

Crowded Prisons: Calif. Solving Problem If Not Cause

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 11:51 am

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Sun November 27, 2011
Middle East

Sexual Violence On The Rise In Egypt

Protestors in Egypt's Tahrir Square have called for another massive demonstration in advance of Monday's parliamentary elections, bringing on fears of renewed violence on election day. As turmoil continues, sexual violence and paranoia are on the rise. NPR's Lourdes Garcia-Navarro reports from Cairo.

8:00am

Sun November 27, 2011
Middle East

Egyptians Abroad Vote From Afar

Egyptians living abroad are eligible to vote in the upcoming election. Absentee ballots are being accepted at Egyptian embassies around the world, including Washington, D.C. Several of those voting there spoke with NPR about their hopes as well as their frustrations with the process.

8:00am

Sun November 27, 2011
Middle East

Protest Roil Alexandria Before Egyptian Elections

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 11:51 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish. In Egypt today, protests are continuing ahead of tomorrow's parliamentary elections, the first since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak and his replacement by a military council. The turmoil is not limited to Cairo. NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is in the city of Alexandria and she joins us now. Welcome, Soraya.

SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Audie.

CORNISH: Describe the mood today in Alexandria.

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Sun November 27, 2011
Research News

An Amnesia Patient's Strange Power Of Recall

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Sun November 27, 2011
Latin America

Mexican Drug Violence Spilling Into Central America

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The spillover effects of Mexico's drug war are taking a grim toll in Central America. The region has the highest homicide rate in the world, according to a new U.N. report, as traffickers move more and more U.S.-bound cocaine through Central America's struggling and weak states.

Nick Miroff has this story from Honduras, with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

NICK MIROFF, BYLINE: Operation Lightning is Honduras's response to the murder problem.

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Sun November 27, 2011
Latin America

ICC Called To Investigate Mexican President

A group of human rights activists in Mexico has asked the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate President Felipe Calderon in connection with the deadly war on drug cartels. The complaint, spearheaded by human rights lawyer Netzai Sandoval, claims war crimes have occurred. The complaint was filed a day after two dozen bodies were found dumped in Guadalajara. NPR's Jason Beaubien has more.

5:32am

Sun November 27, 2011
Law

Beyond Fighting Crime, FBI Reaches Out To Victims

Originally published on Sun November 27, 2011 5:57 pm

Students sit at the Virginia Tech campus on April 18, 2007, two days after a student killed 32 people and himself. FBI victim specialists span out to help in the wake of crimes like the Virginia Tech massacre.
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When FBI agents arrive at the scene of a shooting or a terrorist attack, there's often someone else standing in the background. It's a representative from the FBI's Office for Victim Assistance, there to help people suffering in the aftermath of a disaster.

The planning for those unfortunate days starts here, in a windowless conference room in the J. Edgar Hoover FBI building, where seven serious-looking people are sitting around a table.

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5:31am

Sun November 27, 2011
Education

In Tenn., A Possible Model For Higher Education

The typical college student today isn't "typical" anymore: Only 1 in 4 lives on campus and studies full time.

But part-timers and commuter students are much less likely to finish — most part-time students are still without a degree or a certificate after eight years. Higher education is desperately looking for strategies that improve those numbers. There might be one in Tennessee.

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