3:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Politics

Obama Challenges GOP Lawmakers In Budget Debate

President Obama took questions from reporters Wednesday at his first news conference since March. He called out congressional Republicans for their refusal to consider any revenue increases as part of a budget deal. Mister Obama also took questions regarding his views on same-sex marriage.

3:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Politics

Congress Reacts To Obama's Presser

President Obama tells Congress to get cracking on the deficit reduction talks — and maybe not take so many vacations. After all, Mister Obama said, his kids do their homework ahead of time, so why can't Congress?

3:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Europe

Member Of Greece's Parliament Discusses Austerity Vote

Greece's Parliament approved tough austerity measures Wednesday, prompting more protests and clashes in the streets. For some members of Parliament, the move is politically risky. Robert Siegel speaks with Spyros Kouvelis, a member of Greece's Parliament who voted "yes" to the austerity measures, about the decision — and what it means to those Parliament members whose "yes" vote may have put their political careers on the line.

3:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
From Our Listeners

Letters: Butter Sculptor; Child Abuse Investigation

Robert Siegel and Melissa Block read emails from listeners.

3:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Sports

How Rare Is A Sports Franchise Bankruptcy?

Robert Siegel talks with bankruptcy lawyer Charles Tatelbaum, a partner at Hinshaw and Culbertson and former vice president of research at the American Bankruptcy Institute. They discuss the Los Angeles Dodgers bankruptcy filing and what is at stake for a franchise that files for Chapter 11 during the season.

3:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Environment

Marijuana Plants Discovered At National Park

In the green idyll of Wallowa-Whitman National Park in Oregon, more than 90,000 marijuana plants were discovered earlier this month. Park officials now have to cope with the cleanup of the site — and the toxicity caused by an extensive camp of pot farmers and the fertilizers they used. Melissa Block speaks with park ranger Ken Gebhardt about the job ahead.

3:00pm

Wed June 29, 2011
Environment

White House, Automakers Discuss Fuel Efficiency Standards

The Obama administration and auto industry executives are starting talks over new fuel economy standards for cars and trucks, which are to be announced in September. Sources say the administration is pushing for the average fuel economy for each carmaker's fleet to rise to 56 mpg by 2025. The companies want something closer to 47 mpg. The heavyweight in these negotiations could turn out to be California, which plans to set its own standard if the federal government doesn't go high enough.

2:30pm

Wed June 29, 2011
The Two-Way

AP To Open News Bureau In North Korea

"The Associated Press and the North Korean state news agency have signed a series of agreements, including one for the opening of a comprehensive AP news bureau in Pyongyang," the AP announced today.

The wire service says it will be "the first permanent text and photo bureau operated by a Western news organization in the North Korean capital." Currently, AP Television News has an office in North Korea that distributes video news.

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2:15pm

Wed June 29, 2011
The Two-Way

The 'JFK Turtles' Are Back, And This Time They're Tweeting

The "JFK Turtles" spokesterrapin.
twitter.com/JFKTurtles

It's becoming something of early summer tradition.

Turtles — hundreds of them — slowly crossing the runways at New York's Kennedy International Airport, and in the process forcing flight delays.

According to The New York Times' City Room blog:

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2:13pm

Wed June 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Kucinich Visits Syria, Says He Was Misquoted By State Press

A handout picture released by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syria's President Bashar al-Assad meeting with U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich and his delegation in Damascus.
AFP/Getty Images

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) went to Syria on a "fact-finding mission," earlier this week. He said the trip came about at the request of his constituents. But yesterday, after the congressman met with President Bashar Assad, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported that Kucinich praised Assad.

SANA quoted Kucinich as saying:

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