10:25am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

At Occupy Wall Street: Some Arrests; A Chaotic 'Morning Rush'

As Eyder continues to file posts from the streets of lower Manhattan, where Occupy Wall Street protesters have been on the march today, here are some other views of what's happening there and other resources for monitoring what's happening:

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10:17am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Salt

For Thanksgiving, Pumpkins That Won't Be Found In Cans

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:15 am

David Heisler grows 38 varieties of pumpkins on his Maryland farm.
Melissa Forsyth NPR

There are jack o' lanterns, and then there is the pumpkin that comes in cans.

But farmer David Heisler says the world of pumpkins has much, much more to offer.

Heisler grows 38 varieties of pumpkins and winter squash on his farm in Comus, Md., about 50 miles north of Washington, D.C. His farm stand is a riot of pattern and color — red, orange, pink, white, green, yellow, even blue. Though pumpkins originated in the Americas, they're grown and prized around the world: "every continent except Antarctica," says Heisler.

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10:01am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

White House Shooting Suspect Reportedly Hates Obama, Washington

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, who is in custody for allegedly firing shots toward the White House last week, "hates the president, he hates Washington, he hates society," a law enforcement official tells The Washington Post.

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9:10am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Solyndra Loan Decisions 'Were Mine,' Energy Secretary Chu Says

"The final decisions on Solyndra were mine, and I made them with the best interest of the taxpayer in mind," Energy Secretary Steven Chu plans to tell Congress today, as a House committee digs into the controversial $528 million in federal loans made to the now-bankrupt solar energy company.

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9:03am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

'A Responsibility To Represent The People:' Occupy Protest In Full Swing

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 2:06 pm

Occupy Wall Street protesters gather about a block from the New York Stock Exchange.
Eyder Peralta NPR

You could say that the real point of this march began in the past half-hour or so, as Wall Street employees try to navigate choked streets to get to work.

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8:45am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Decline By 5,000

There were 388,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, down 5,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.

The agency also said that the "4-week moving average" of claims — a way of gauging the trend over a slightly longer period of time — was "396,750, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week's revised average of 400,750."

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8:38am

Thu November 17, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

The Future of Public Golf in Lexington

Instead of subsidizing public golf courses with taxpayer dollars, a council member in Lexington says some of that service should be provided by private facilities.  He calls such competition costly and unfair, and says the city should shut down one of its finest courses.  Public golf in Lexington has lost money for some time.  The number of golfers has dropped significantly while operational costs go up.  In response, Council member Doug Martin suggests closing down Kearny Hill Links at the end of December.

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8:30am

Thu November 17, 2011
Politics

Supercommittee Scenarios: How The Debt End Game May Play Out

Originally published on Thu November 17, 2011 2:40 pm

Supercommittee member, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., third from left, holds his hand out at a hearing Oct. 26. From left are, Supercommittee Co-Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Baucus, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The congressional supercommittee — charged with developing a plan for cutting the nation's deficits by $1.2 trillion over 10 years — is days away from its Thanksgiving deadline.

But at this point, no deal is on the table, and pessimism is growing. Economists are worried: Failure to reach a deal would add yet another cloud of uncertainty to an already-dark outlook.

The supercommittee grew out of a heated fight in August in Congress over whether to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

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8:30am

Thu November 17, 2011
Politics

Automatic Cuts: Necessary Medicine Or Doomsday?

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned Congress that automatic across-the-board cuts to the Pentagon's budget would "invite aggression from U.S. adversaries."
Mark Wilson Getty Images

As the congressional "supercommittee" runs out of time to reach a deficit-cutting deal, the word "sequestration" is being spoken more and more in Washington.

Depending upon the speaker's political views, the word can be spit out as a curse word, or intoned as a blessing. But love it or hate it, "sequestration" may turn out to be a word that dramatically changes the world's most powerful military, and reshapes domestic programs for public health, education, the environment and much more.

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8:10am

Thu November 17, 2011
The Two-Way

Top Stories: Occupy Wall Street Day Of Action; Penn State Scandal

Good morning.

Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York have begun what they say will be a day full of marches, civil disobedience and other actions aimed at — this is their goal — shutting down Wall Street.

Eyder is there to follow the story as it develops. His posts from the streets are being collected here.

Our other early-morning headlines:

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